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Pursuing a parent for child support using the DPPA

Some Texas parents might be struggling to collect child support. If a noncustodial parent has traveled out of state in order to avoid paying what is owed, it might be possible to take him or her to court using the Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act.

Comparing divorce rates across 25 years

Current Texas baby boomers may be more likely to get divorced than the same age group was in 1990, according to figures released by the Pew Research Center. Adults age 50 and older in 1990 got divorced at roughly the rate of five divorces for every 1,000 married people. In 2015, that number was at 10 per 1,000 spouses; although, the numbers have held fairly steady since 2008. Among those 65 and older, six out of every 1,000 married people divorced in 2015. This rate is three times higher than it was in 1990.

How to focus on children during a divorce in Texas

Divorce is normally a difficult process for everyone involved, but children are often the ones hit the hardest. Parents who focus on putting their kids' first when divorcing can lessen their suffering. Helping their children deal with their emotions, making stable visitation arrangements for when the divorce is ongoing and considering a mediated divorce are all actions parents can take to make this painful time a lot less traumatic.

Factors in failing to pay child support

Texas fathers who regularly pay child support are more likely to spend time with their children than those who have fallen behind. This was the conclusion of a study that appeared in the Journal of Marriage and Family in February 2017. The study was conducted by a professor at Cornell University and a researcher at a nonprofit organization called Child Trends. They looked at children born in nearly 5,000 families from 1998 to 2000 and followed up several times over the next nine years. Their findings were based on how much child support the child was receiving and how much contact the child had with the father at the age of nine.

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