This page was last updated on 9/16/2016
Blake P. Kavanagh
Fathering Courts are problem solving courts that use alternatives to incarceration in an attempt to assist non-custodial parents with unpaid child support and enhance the delinquent parent’s employment options. The purpose is to increase child support payments, reduce expenditures by the state, and improve relationship between non-custodial parents and their children.
Links to related online resources are listed below. Non-digitized publications may
be borrowed from the NCSC Library; call numbers are provided.
This report reviews the fathering court movement and the convergence with reentry court programs.
Father's problem-solving courts are increasing across the country, as are programs for ex-prisoners. This article reviews the current state of the field, the diverse roles courts currently have, and discusses success factors not usually identified as best practices in problem-solving courts.
A community-based parenting education, support, and case management program designed to prevent child maltreatment through increasing the father's involvement in their lives, increasing employment, and ultimately increasing child support payments.