In Texas, as well as in other states, the United States Department of Health and Human Services runs the Responsible Fatherhood Grants Programs. This is part of the $150 million annual effort to promote healthy marriages and responsible fatherhood among parents across the United States.
In many family situations, a child looks up to that child's father during the influential years of youth. A father can be not only a role model for his child but also a friend, philosopher and guide. However, this is usually true only when a father is responsible and caring. Federal and Texas authorities understand the importance of this responsibility and thus a number of policies, strategies and programs have been implemented in order to promote responsible fatherhood.
Historically, fathers have usually taken a backseat when it comes to child custody matters. The courts have long preferred giving custody of minor children to biological mothers. Recently however various fathers' rights advocates have pressed the rights of biological fathers to gain the physical and legal custody of their biological minor children.
In Texas, there are often circumstances in which a child's paternity is in question. This could be for a variety of reasons and have numerous possible outcomes. It is often in the news how a famous or wealthy person is accused of fathering a child that he refuses to pay for. In other instances, custody issues come to the forefront and the paternity must be determined via paternity test.
So you're going through a divorce and have gotten to the part of the process that is often considered the most contentious: property division. You and your spouse have a pet together and are a little surprised when you are asked about when the pet was purchased and by whom. You have both considered it a part of the family, almost like a child. What purpose would a question like this serve?