The acronym RICO is most often associated with conduct typically involving an established pattern of unlawful behavior by a criminal enterprise such as a drug cartel or prostitution ring.
Fathers of children in Georgia and elsewhere sometimes say that they are both bewildered and more than a bit daunted by family law and most things associated with it. Dads and advocates for fathers’ rights frequently state that the system seems stacked against them, with judges serving for the most part as umpires overseeing an unfair game.
It was a family law case that garnered national attention, including in Georgia, on several fronts, and it has finally come to an end.
In the area of family law, both in Georgia and nationally, issues often center around various parties' rights in a number of contexts. Regarding children, their rights and needs are often a central consideration, with courts being guided by a "best interests" standard.
When a baby is born, there is almost never a debate about who that child's mother is. However, it can be more difficult to determine who that child's biological father is. When a couple is married, the woman's husband is presumed to be the baby's father, but in some cases DNA testing is necessary to determine paternity. Establishing paternity is important because it gives fathers rights to see and know their children. Before paternity is established, the mother may have control over child custody issues.
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.
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"If you look at history, no group involved in any kind of struggle can affect change on their own," says one dad and divorced father who has, perhaps unwittingly, spawned a seminal movement promoting fathers' rights in the context of child custody.
A recent article appearing in The Atlantic discusses the subject of men as victims of sexism, making some interesting -- and, likely, for some people, some unexpected -- points along the way.
Laws in Georgia and elsewhere across the country have evolved over the years to more fairly treat good dads who are in court trying to seek meaningful arrangements in child custody matters. Many men still feel awkward, misplaced and at a disadvantage, though, when before a family law judge and seeking an equitable outcome to visitation and other matters.