Why are divorced parents held to a different standard than the standard to which married fathers are held?
A married father would never be required to support his children at a certain level based on his income, which is what child support requires for divorced dads.
I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Indiana divorce laws where I am licensed to practice.
There are some instances where married and unmarried parents are treated differently by application of the law, though the intent is to provide the same treatment for children of divorced parents as children of married parents.
For example, college expenses can be ordered to be divided between divorced parents although courts cannot order parents who remain married to contribute to a child's college expenses.
This is to protect children of divorced parents and ensure that the children are treated the same as if the parents had remained married.
Because of that, the court will hear evidence on whether the parties would have contributed to the child's expenses had the parents remained married, the ability of each parent to contribute, and the expenses of the child.
This is similar for other child support related issues.
Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with a divorce lawyer in your jurisdiction.