Many fathers fear losing their kids during separation with their spouse. Courts can have a tendency to be biased against fathers. Due to these social biases many men will give up their parental rights during separation and divorce without knowing the facts. It is important for fathers to understand that they have equal rights under the law.
In a recent media article, a family law commentator refers to the "mama bear" that she says is in most women who are seeking to protect their legal interests and the best interests of their children during the divorce process and following dissolution.
For many people, few things tug at the heart more than child custody cases that drag on and are marked by lack of clarity regarding an outcome that is clearly in a child's best interest.
Single dads who have custody of their children don't get the same breaks at work as single moms. That's the conclusion of a single father who has published an account of the subtle discrimination he encounters in the workplace, where single moms enjoy lenient treatment and flexible schedules, but single dads are expected to let someone else do the parenting.For years, fathers' rights advocates have supported men who fought the uphill battle to get custody of their children in a divorce.
As many people in Georgia know, child custody cases can become especially tricky if both parents reside in different countries. Although some countries have treaties with the United States that allow our court systems to make decisions in conjunction with international courts, many times these negotiations can get muddled because of differences in laws.
Many men think that the system is stacked against them in a divorce. Due to gender stereotypes or simply inertia, their perception is that women are favored in child custody decisions. Many men also believe they tend to get the short end of the stick in alimony or spousal support awards.
We were recently asked a Paternity and Legitimation question. A Paternity action is when a father brings an action to enforce his rights to visit with a child. A Legitimation action is an action brought by a mother to make the father the legitimate legal father of the child so that the child can inherit from the father and the father will be responsible to provide child support for the child.
It is a fathers' rights case regarding child custody and visitation that, as one media article notes, "fathers around the nation are watching."
Ken Solin, the author of a book on men, parenting and fatherhood entitled "Act Like a Man," recently wrote an article in which he discussed a dad's role following divorce and fathers' rights in general.
Whether you are facing divorce in Fulton County or protecting your child custody rights while you serve your country, if you're a father, you need to know that you have rights. Legally, fathers' rights (and mothers' rights) include the fundamental constitutional right to parent your children unless you are shown to be unfit to do so in a court of law. They also include the rights and responsibilities granted to you in your child custody and visitation decree.