When discussing child support, father’s rights are typically not part of the conversation. It is usually assumed that the father is the one paying the child support, not receiving it. However, times are changing and many fathers are finding themselves on the receiving end of financial support designed to ensure the well-being of their children. Our expert father’s rights lawyers provide free consultations to help struggling father’s understand their rights.
Father’s Child Support Rights
Fathers child support rights are equivalent to that of mothers. Child support is intended to cover the care and upbringing of the child. It may include food, clothing, medical costs, educational expenses, entertainment, and fees for extracurricular activities. Each state has individual guidelines regarding the amount of child support a parent may need to pay. Financial needs of the child, parental income and ability to pay support, and the amount required to maintain the existing standard of living for the child are all considered.
Mothers and father’s rights to child support are based on custodial parent status. If parents share custody, both are considered custodial parents. However, a large disparity in incomes of the parents may make it necessary for one to pay child support. If the father stayed at home to raise the children while the mother served as the household breadwinner, the father will probably be entitled to child support if the parents end their relationship.
There are many ways for a father to request child support to which he is entitled. Through informal negotiations, mediation, or collaborative law, parents can decide child support without going to court. If they cannot come to an agreement, a court order may be required. Regardless of which approach they take, male parents should consult with a father’s rights lawyer to ensure that their rights are protected and enforced.
A written document detailing the child support arrangement is recommended to legally finalize the discussion. This agreement is typically presented to a judge for approval, ensuring that it complies with state guidelines regarding child support. This process may involve an informal court hearing and once court approval is granted, the agreement becomes a decree, a binding court order to which both parents must adhere.
If a father is awarded child support and the mother repeatedly fails to make payments, she is considered to be in violation of the child support order. The male can then take legal action to enforce dad’s rights to child support payments. If the mother fails to meet her obligations under this order, she will face additional fines and could be subject to jail time. Establishing your father’s rights to child support is an important part of being a good parent as a father–fight for your rights by getting a free evaluation.