Entries in Child Support (3)


KRUK: Dads needed on Father's Day - Washington Times (USA)

As Father's Day 2012 approaches, let’s take stock of the significance of fathers in children’s lives by examining what the child-development research tells us about the effects of father absence. There is a much more nuanced picture than that painted by President Obama a year ago during his Father's Day address, in which he placed the blame squarely on “deadbeat” fathers.

Many of the ongoing conversations on fatherlessness deflect attention away from the root causes of the social problem in American society. Fathers’ tenuous presence in children’s lives is primarily the result of two key factors: divorce and out-of-wedlock childbearing. More often than not, in these arenas, fathers are forced to relinquish their primary responsibilities for their children by family-court judgments concerned primarily with maintaining fathers’ role as financial providers but shunning their involvement as active caregivers. This practice continues despite the gender convergence of child care roles in two-parent families, where fathers and mothers share active responsibility for the care of their children. Fathers have increased their involvement in raising kids while mothers work longer hours in paid employment, and fathers are no longer satisfied to play second fiddle as parents. Many fathers today enthusiastically assume their responsibilities as parents and define themselves first and foremost in relation to their caregiving role rather than their financial role.

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Cameron 'heaps shame' on runaway dads (UK)

British prime minister David Cameron says absent fathers should be stigmatised by society in the same way drink-drivers are.

In a newspaper article published to coincide with the UK's Father's Day, Mr Cameron said "runaway dads" should have the "full force of shame ... heaped upon them" for their actions.

Calling for a new drive to bring fathers back into the lives of all children, Mr Cameron said even when parents were separated, fathers had a duty to support their children financially and emotionally.

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Fathers 'stereotyped' by Child Support Agency

The Australian government watchdog responsible for overseeing child support payments has been unfairly focusing on parents who do not pay enough while ignoring those who are getting too much, the Commonwealth Ombudsman says. In a report that might not be well received by some single mothers, the acting Ombudsman, Ron Brent, found that the Child Support Agency had at times been unduly influenced by stereotypes about fathers not meeting their obligations. He found that, as a result of this and other factors, the agency had ''not been even-handed'' in its role as an investigator.