Fathers Rights Initiative

These family law articles are provided by Fathers Rights and are often representative of the types of matters on which Fathers Rights provides assistance.

Divorce Fathers Rights

Divorce Information for Fathers

Many fathers going through divorce have been told they just need to give the mother custody of their children. Texas Fathers have equal rights to mothers to get primary custody of their children.

Divorce can be difficult, especially for fathers. Fathers too often get separated from their children during a divorce.

Children need both parents.

Child Custody and Divorce

In Texas, child support is established and collected by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). The OAG has an online child support calculator. What many people don’t know is that the law provides many factors that can be applied to either decrease or increase child support.

Child Support and Divorce

In Texas, child support is established and collected by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). The OAG has an online child support calculator. What many people don’t know is that the law provides many factors that can be applied to either decrease or increase child support.

Common Myths Regarding Divorce

Fathers sometimes think that their child support arrearage should go away when the child or children are adults or over 18 years of age. This is not true. If the person who was to receive child support did not receive that child support, then it is presumed that person had to use their own resources to care for the child and that person is therefore still owed reimbursement of those resources even after the child is an adult. It’s like a debt, if you were ordered to pay someone $30,000 for a car, just because you stop driving the car doesn’t mean you don’t have to repay the debt.

Some fathers think it is a violation of their constitutional right to be jailed for failure to pay child support, as it is unlawful to jail someone for failure to pay a debt. Fathers are not jailed for failure to pay a debt (child support), but rather they are jailed for failure to comply with a court order. They are actually being jailed for contempt of court.

Many fathers often misunderstand the fact that there are 3 parties in every child support case – the father, the mother, and the state. Some think the state represents the mother – that is not true. It is actually unlawful for the state to represent either of the parents; however, when the state has the same common goal as one of the parents then they will have aligned interests. If you witness or can prove that the state is directly representing or advising the other parent, you might consider notifying the court of this unethical behavior.

Some people have asked why the OAG can get involved in child support in Texas, or any state – because the state has a financial interest in the matter. Often people who receive child support are those who qualify for public financial assistance (i.e. welfare). Instead of the state paying for some of that assistance, they have the other parent pay it. Also, the state gets paid by the federal government for collecting child support, similar to a collection company. Collecting child support can be a very lucrative business for states, like another form of taxation. And then there is the fundamental belief that if two people mate and produce offspring, those people, known as parents, should be financially responsible for their offspring – rather than putting that financial burden on the shoulders of others who were not involved in the procreation.

Custody Rights for Fathers
Child Custody

How to Pay Child Support in Texas

Child support must be paid through the designated child support agency in your state. Any money you give to the other parent that does not go through the designated child support agency is considered a gift in Texas and is not considered child support, no matter what you might have written on the check, money order, or payment note.

Protect your rights and your ability to have a loving relationship with children. Situations involving child support can be challenging, complex, and financially devastating, Fathers Rights can help.  Call or text us at the number on this page today to get the help you need.

Read More Posted: 1-17-2022

Child Support Fathers Rights

Child Support Information for Fathers

Fathers may think of child support as a welfare payment to a parent who is the primary caregiver of a child, to be paid by the parent who is not the primary caregiver. Child support is not support for children or support paid to children. Fathers often misunderstand child support.

Fathers often receive child support. Child support is not just for mothers. The biggest barrier to a father receiving child support is merely the misconception that they can’t. The Fathers Rights Initiative program has helped many fathers exercise their rights to receive child support, reduce child support, or get rid of child support arrearage. If you want help with child support, call or text us at the number on this page.

By law, either parent can receive child support. Caregivers who are not biological parents can often receive child support. Many Fathers in Texas have the belief that only mothers can get child support, and fathers must always pay child support – that is not true.

In Texas, child support is established and collected by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). The OAG has an online child support calculator. What many people don’t know is that the law provides many factors that can be applied to either decrease or increase child support.

Reducing Child Support or Arrearage

Arrearage is essentially a fancy word for past due Child Support.

Fathers sometimes think they can enter an agreement with the mother to reduce or to get rid of child support. Remember, there are 3 parties in the case. To enter into such an agreement it would take all parties to agree – often the state will not agree. Fathers Rights Initiative has helped many fathers in Texas reduce their child support. Call or text us at the number on this page if you need help to reduce your Child Support or arrearage.

Collecting or Enforcing Child Support

Collecting past-due child support is referred to as enforcing child support because it is enforcing the court order. Fathers Rights Initiative has not only helped a lot of fathers get child support ordered to be paid to them but then also to collect it when the other parent fails to pay as ordered. Call or text us at the number on this page if you need help to reduce your Child Support or arrearage.

Common Myths Regarding Child Support

Fathers sometimes think that their child support arrearage should go away when the child or children are adults or over 18 years of age. This is not true. If the person who was to receive child support did not receive that child support, then it is presumed that person had to use their own resources to care for the child and that person is therefore still owed reimbursement of those resources even after the child is an adult. It’s like a debt, if you were ordered to pay someone $30,000 for a car, just because you stop driving the car doesn’t mean you don’t have to repay the debt.

Some fathers think it is a violation of their constitutional right to be jailed for failure to pay child support, as it is unlawful to jail someone for failure to pay a debt. Fathers are not jailed for failure to pay a debt (child support), but rather they are jailed for failure to comply with a court order. They are actually being jailed for contempt of court.

Many fathers often misunderstand the fact that there are 3 parties in every child support case – the father, the mother, and the state. Some think the state represents the mother – that is not true. It is actually unlawful for the state to represent either of the parents; however, when the state has the same common goal as one of the parents then they will have aligned interests. If you witness or can prove that the state is directly representing or advising the other parent, you might consider notifying the court of this unethical behavior.

Some people have asked why the OAG can get involved in child support in Texas, or any state – because the state has a financial interest in the matter. Often people who receive child support are those who qualify for public financial assistance (i.e. welfare). Instead of the state paying for some of that assistance, they have the other parent pay it. Also, the state gets paid by the federal government for collecting child support, similar to a collection company. Collecting child support can be a very lucrative business for states, like another form of taxation. And then there is the fundamental belief that if two people mate and produce offspring, those people, known as parents, should be financially responsible for their offspring – rather than putting that financial burden on the shoulders of others who were not involved in the procreation.

Custody Rights for Fathers
Child Custody

How to Pay Child Support in Texas

Child support must be paid through the designated child support agency in your state. Any money you give to the other parent that does not go through the designated child support agency is considered a gift in Texas and is not considered child support, no matter what you might have written on the check, money order, or payment note.

Protect your rights and your ability to have a loving relationship with children. Situations involving child support can be challenging, complex, and financially devastating, Fathers Rights can help.  Call or text us at the number on this page today to get the help you need.

Read More Posted: 1-16-2022

Child Custody Rights for Fathers

Child Custody Rights for Fathers

Fathers have every right to have custody of their children, just as much as mothers do, whether that be sole custody, joint custody or

It is possible for Fathers in Texas to have custody rights.   Furthermore, it is also possible for Fathers in Texas to have sole custody of their child or children. If you are a father that is going through a divorce, you will have to figure out custody with your spouse.

Many people get custody mixed up with parenting time. Parenting time is essentially the time a child spends in the care of the parent. Each parent should have parenting time with their children. Additionally, one of the parents is typically deemed to be the primary custodian or primary custodial parent.

The primary custodial parent is the parent who typically has rights and responsibilities to make decisions and take actions regarding the child that transcends day-to-day parenting time. This includes such things as medical care, education, legal and more. For example, decisions regarding the school your child attends, whether your child does in-school or home classes, and much more fall on the shoulders of the primary custodial parent. In Texas, this is called conservatorship.

Modification the a term used for modifying the custody or the parenting plan. Enforcement is the process of having the judge punish a party for failing to comply with an existing custody order. Enforcement typically involves a fine, probation, jail time, or a combination of these.

Custody Rights for Fathers
Child Custody

During a divorce or separation, the parent should determine what percent of the time the children will spend with each parent.  Furthermore, many other important decisions will have to be made regarding the welfare of the children. All of these decisions should be based on what is best for the children, not what the parents want for themselves, and not based on the parent’s gender.

It is important for fathers in Texas to know that courts are not to make the custody decision based on the gender of the parent.  This is known as gender bias. The Equal Rights Amendment of 1973 states that gender cannot be used as a basis for granting child custody.  Moreover, it is essential that you are fully aware of what your rights are as a father in Texas.

Types of Child Custody Arrangements in Texas

In order to fully understand how custody works in Texas, it is essential to know what types of custody exist. The three types of custody are legal, physical, and by arrangement.

Legal custody has to do with parents making the right choices for their children regarding education, health, and religion.  The courts in Texas are in favor of joint legal custody.  Joint legal custody means that both parents will be involved in the children’s life. Furthermore, parents will have to work together for the best interest of the children.

Child Custody in Texas

Another term to understand is physical custody.  Physical custody refers to where the children spend the majority of their time.

If you are able to come to an agreement with the other parent on custody, you may come to a custody agreement that you both agree with to have the court order based on.  However, if you are unable to come to decisions on your own, the court will determine what is best.

Protect your children’s ability to have a loving relationship with you. Situations involving custody of a child can be legally complex and emotionally devastating, Fathers Rights can help.  Text or call today to get the help you need.

Read More Posted: 1-10-2022

Fathers Right Attorney

How to Hire a Fathers Rights Attorney

Knowing how to hire a Fathers Rights Attorney is critical to having a positive outcome in your case. First, you need to make sure they have the expertise and commitment related to Fathers Rights issues. Are they going to advocate for you and your children? Are they committed to helping you get as must time as possible with your children or helping you become the custodial parent?

Where can I find help?

Fathers Rights is operated by America Family Law Center. We work closely with the attorneys at America Family Law Center to advocate for fathers. America Family Law Center understands the importance of a father in the life of their children.

Fathers Rights can help you determine if seeking a reduction in your child support could be considered.  Don’t get further in debt by not taking action. Call or text today.

Posted: 6-8-2021



Parental Alienation

Fathers Respond to Parental Alienation

Fathers often suffer from Parental Alienation that is a result of the mother bombarding the child with negative images and words about their father.  This results in a loss of the child-father relationship and is a form of psychological child abuse.

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Posted: 6-6-2018

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Should I Get a Divorce?

Believe you’re heading for divorce you must understand the legal issues in divorce. Good legal advice will enable you to secure your rights…..

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Posted: 4-15-2018

Parental Alienation

Child Custody

Fathers Custody and Visitation Rights

Many think that child visitation and child custody revolve around the rights of the mother and that the fathers rights are a secondary concern.  Fathers visitation rights are critical to the child and their ability to live a healthy and happy life.   When a fathers visitation has been denied…

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Posted: 4-3-2018

Pro Bono Lawyer

Fathers Rights

What Are Fathers Rights And How To Protect Yours

Given the high rate of separated or unwed male parents who desire direct involvement in their children’s lives, fathers rights are finally a topic of discussion. An attorney well versed in fathers’ rights can address and strategize regarding a father’s entitlement.

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Posted: 3-5-2018

Pro Bono Lawyer

What To Expect From a Pro Bono Lawyer?

Many fathers facing difficult legal situations and unsure where to turn for help? A father worried about maintaining his relationship with his children may find a consultation with a pro bono lawyer is the best place to start.

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Posted: 12-18-2017

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Protective Order in Texas

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Visitation in Texas

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Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) in Texas

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Can I Lower My Child Support in Texas?

When a couples separate, they must make a plan to care for their child. They decide where the child will live and how the child’s time will be divided between the two households. It’s common …

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Posted: 10-9-2017

Self-Employed Fathers

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Paternity in Texas

Rid of Back Child Support in Texas

How Do I Get Rid of Back Child Support in Texas?

No one likes to be in debt, and being behind on child support in Texas can be particularly serious. That’s because the state can take steps to collect back child support in Texas that may include taking paychecks and seizing the money in bank accounts.

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Posted: 9-16-2017

Terminate Child Support in Texas

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Fathers' Rights Before Birth

What Are Fathers Rights Before Birth and Abortion in Texas?

Before your child is born, you have parental rights. Unfortunately, they may be limited, especially with regard to abortion in Texas. The more you know about fathers’ rights before birth and abortion, the better able you will be to defend those rights.

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Posted: 8-21-2017

Malicious Mother Syndrome

Fathers in Texas Should Know About Malicious Mother Syndrome

Some separations and divorces are amicable, with the ex-spouses getting along well enough to continue raising their children within the terms of a parenting plan. Others don’t get along very well, but they continue to make efforts to provide healthy homes for their kids.

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Posted: 8-16-2017

Fathers Rights to School Records

What Are a Father’s Rights to School Records in Texas?

As a father, you have full rights to your child, including the right to access and review school records in Texas. Many divorced fathers mistakenly believe that they need a court order or other “papers” that allow them to participate in their child’s education.

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Posted: 8-9-2017

Child Support Arrearage

How Fathers in Texas Can Get Rid of Their Child Support Arrearage

Many fathers in Texas fall behind in their child support payments at one point or another. This can be stressful for everyone. Fortunately, solutions are available. By being upfront about the difficulty and dealing with it head-on, it is possible to keep relationships intact.   Furthermore, to also avoid the most damaging legal problems.

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Posted: 7-25-2017

Child Support End in Texas

When Does Child Support End in Texas?

Most parents are happy to take on the responsibility of supporting their children. However, the burden is an expensive one, which leads parents to wonder, “When does child support end in Texas?”

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Posted: 7-23-2017

Child support in Texas

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Adjudicate Parentage

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Understanding Father's rights

Adjudicate Parentage Proceedings

Texas Adjudicate Parentage Proceedings

What Is an Adjudicate Parentage in Texas?  Usually, it is pretty clear who a child’s parents are – but not always. Sometimes, it takes a court to make the final determination of the identity of one of a child’s parents. Read More

Posted: 2-21-2017

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