Fathers’ rights in family law matters: evolving, changing reality

If there’s one arena where most men in Georgia and across the country feel comparatively disadvantaged and view that a legal outcome will likely favor their ex-spouse, it is family law court.

Numerous reports, studies and comments from men themselves strongly indicate that such a jaundiced male view has long existed, with many men facing divorce-related matters in court viewing it as a near certainty that their side on a position will not be well communicated or advanced. Whether a dispute is centered on child custody and visitation, support, property division, spousal maintenance or another matter, a clear majority of men have historically assumed that they will get the short end of the stick.

Many family law commentators agree that such a view once had strong credence, especially concerning custody matters, but that a number of factors have weighed in over recent years to adjust courtroom realities when it comes to fathers’ rights.

One such factor is simply that many more men have been standing before the judicial system and boldly asserting their rights as fathers and providers, being resolute in their insistence that they merit a strong and consistent presence in the lives of their children.

“Men want to be parents,” says one divorce attorney. “They want to be actively involved.”

She adds: “They just want to know exactly what to do to avail themselves of their rights.”

Pursuant to that goal, increasingly more men are turning to experienced fathers’ rights attorneys who will diligently promote their legal interests in court and fully protect their parenting rights.

Source: Huffington Post, “Divorce for men: Do current laws favor women?” Aug. 9, 2013

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