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Noncustodial Fathers' Involvement With Their Children: A Right Or A Privilege?, Janice Laakso, Sheri Adams Jan 2006

Noncustodial Fathers' Involvement With Their Children: A Right Or A Privilege?, Janice Laakso, Sheri Adams

Social Work & Criminal Justice Publications

This study explores the key determinants of noncustodial fathers' involvement with their children. The stereotype that fathers have little interest in parenting their children is contradicted. The findings reveal that fathers are committed to parenting; however, actions on the part of the mothers and what the participants perceive to be bias on the part of the courts prevent fathers from having the relationship with their children they desire. Even fathers who have been committed early in the relationship to their children, pay child support, and give no justification for being denied parental rights do not necessarily get to spend time …


Key Determinants Of A Mother's Decision To File For Child Support, Janice Laakso Mar 2002

Key Determinants Of A Mother's Decision To File For Child Support, Janice Laakso

Social Work & Criminal Justice Publications

About one-third of custodial mothers choose not to pursue a child support award even though It can be a significant source of Income. A qualitative study was conducted with 43 mothers who have each had at least one child In a nonmarital relationship, to learn more about how mothers make the decision to file or not file for child support The findings Indicate that a key determinant In a mother's decision Is the quality of her relationship with the father: A mother is less likely to file when the relationship Is good and more likely to file when the relationship …