Parenting skills can make or break a child's future, so lawmakers in Arkansas have designed some strategies that promote better parenting and responsible fatherhood. These programs encourage divorcing parents or fathers to give proper care and child support to their children so that their education and future do not suffer. Here are some strategies by the state legislators that promote better parenting for the upbringing of their children.
The identification of a family as a unit comprising a wage-earning father, a caregiving mother and one or more children is an historical concept which, in recent times, has become outdated. Today, the father is equally likely to be the stay-at-home parent taking care of the children or not married to the mother of the child. Also, the dissolution of the traditional family unit now provides a definite case for distinguishing between the biological father and the father who provides emotional and financial support.
Those most affected by a divorce are often children. Child custody issues are exacerbated when the child was conceived out of wedlock. Father's rights campaigns are ever increasing in the United States, especially in light of the fact that common perception is that the courts are more sympathetic to the biological mothers in child custody issues. In Arkansas, the Office of Child Support Enforcement looks into the matter of paternity in such cases.