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 with their children. Parenting plans should be negotiated at the same time as child support orders and revisited periodically.
Families In Society: The Journal Of Contemporary Social Services
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Laakso, Janice and Adams, Sheri, "Noncustodial Fathers' Involvement With Their Children: A Right Or a Privilege?" (2006). Social Work & Criminal Justice Publications. 2.