DadsDivorce LIVE: Research Debunks Deadbeat Dad Myth

The term “deadbeat dad” evokes an image of a father willingly withholding financial and emotional support from his children and completely shunning his parental responsibilities.

However, research regarding low-income noncustodial fathers indicates that the term doesn’t typically match with reality. University of North Carolina sociologist and demographer Jennifer Kane recently helped author a study that appeared in the Journal of Marriage and Family that examined the non-cash goods provided by low-income nonresident dads to their kids and found further evidence that even the most financially disadvantaged fathers typically found ways to contribute to their children’s upbringing.

Dr. Kane recently joined DadsDivorce Live to discuss the types of fathers she looked at in the study, the ways in which they supported their families, and the various issues with the deadbeat dad myth.


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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on CordellCordell.com, CordellCordell.co.uk, and DadsDivorce.com, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

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