Can a man file a civil lawsuit against a woman who sends him to court to establish paternity?
Ruth Graham recently wrote a feature for the Boston Globe shining a light on the many flaws with the modern child-support system.
Graham’s piece traces the history of the modern system and exposes how it is based on stereotypes and outdated notions. Several sociologists and scholars are quoted in the story suggesting possible solutions to update the system to better support children while also incorporating fathers into their lives.
The number of households headed by a single father has multiplied nine-fold since 1960, reaching 2.6 million in 2011, Pew Research Center reported in 2013.
Only 17 percent of these single dads have at least a bachelor's degree, which means the income potential of the other 83 percent is limited; and the median adjusted annual income for all single dads averages $40,000, in contrast to $70,000 for married fathers.
The cost of higher education isn't cheap — annual tuition and required fees average $5,899 a year at public institutions, $28,569 at private nonprofit institutions and $13,766 at private for-profit institutions, according to the latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics. Fortunately, if you're a single dad looking for ways to finance college for yourself or your children, a few strategies can assist you.
An important case is currently playing out in New Jersey that is raising questions as to whether a young adult is entitled to college support from his or her parents.
Curiously, as the law in New Jersey and many other states currently stands, married parents aren’t required to pay for any of their children’s college costs once they reach the age of majority. Divorced parents, or parents that never married, however, are.
How long do I have to pay for the marital residence after the divorce is final if I’m not living there?
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