ERIC Number: ED417016
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
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Summary of Unwed Father's Survey.
Manville, David L.
This study examined characteristics of never married fathers adjudicated in the Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan as legal and biological fathers. Participating were 39 fathers with Parenting Time Orders (PTO) and 25 with Reserved Parenting Time Orders (RPTO) (the father lacks legal parental access to his child). Sixty percent of the fathers were African-American, 34 percent Caucasian, 3 percent Hispanic, and 1.6 percent Native American, ranging in age from 16 to 54 years. Findings indicated that none of the fathers currently resided with the mother of their child, although 16 PTO fathers and 8 RPTO fathers had done so at one time. Twenty-three PTO fathers and 12 RPTO fathers felt extremely or quite close to their children. All the fathers who felt extremely or quite close to their child enjoyed activities with them. Those describing the relationship as not very close either did not have access to their child or had limited interaction. Fathers who spent parenting time involved in activities with extended family or the child's friends reported a more secure parent-child relationship. Fathers generally wanted their name on the child's birth record and wanted their child to have their last name. Fathers felt their child support payments were either too high or about right. About half the fathers felt that child support and court-supported Parenting Time were connected. Payment and arrearage child support history varied greatly among both groups. Recommendations based on these findings included increasing opportunities for involvement of fathers with their children, and educating young adults to prevent them from becoming fathers before they are financially and emotionally ready. (Contains 34 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan