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This is about fathers' rights law, and protecting the best interests of your children. It provides information, news and comments on laws, cases and strategies for life as a single father and winning your custody, access or child support case.

Archive for August, 2007

Mediation for Parenting Issues

Friday, August 31st, 2007

By Jill H. Breslau, Mediator and Parenting Coordinator

In the case of children, having a resolution process is extremely important. All of us require a certain amount of continuity and certainty in our lives. Our psychological health requires some fundamental security and regularity.

It is difficult for children if their parents can’t agree on a doctor, for example. Imagine that one takes eight year old Theo to Dr. Big, while the other takes him to Dr. Small. The question becomes which doctor has more authority, rather than whether Theo really should have his tonsils removed.

A mediator or parenting coordinator might help the parents to agree that Dr. Big will be the regular doctor but for any questions involving surgery, a second opinion will be sought from Dr. Small. If they disagree, Dr. Mid will consult.

Then Theo won’t have to suffer chronic sore throats and colds because his parents are deadlocked about his care.

No Mother for These Twins

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Roberto of Maryland, a single man, decided that he wanted to have a child. On December 18, 2000, he arranged for in vitro fertilization with his sperm of two eggs from an unrelated woman donor. On December 20, 2000, he arranged for the eggs to be implanted in a second unrelated woman. Twins were born on August 23, 2001.

The hospital usually lists the birth mother on the birth certificate, but both the father and the birth mother petitioned the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland, to leave the mother’s name off. The judge denied the petition based on best interests of the child.

The Maryland Court of Appeals reversed and said that Maryland’s Equal Rights Act required the court to apply the state paternity statutes equally to men and women. Since men have a right to deny paternity under the statute, women have the same right to deny parentage. In Re: Roberto d. B. , MdCA No. 02-110 (May 16, 2007).

The result is that these twins have a father but no legal mother.

 
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