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FATHERS’ RIGHTS
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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 June, 2008

Stay Away from this Lawyer (Me!)

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

My blood was boiling when I read an article by Elizabeth (“ Liz”) J. Kates, of Pompano Beach, Florida, who calls herself a “holistic lawyer”. In her article railing against Parental Alienation as a theory, there is a list of names she says to stay away from in your child custody case. And my name is smack there in the middle of the list!

Now I don’t know Liz. I have never spoken to her. I never had a case against her. I couldn’t pick her out of a line up of two.

But the source of her animosity towards me is that I am listed on the Parental Alienation Awareness website (along with many PhD’s and other professionals) as a lawyer who handles these types of cases. Liz seems to think that Parental Alienation is a big fraud and that Reunification Theory is a lot of nonsense.

Well, I don’t think it takes a lot of common sense to know that some parents alienate their children against the other parent. Alienation can involve words or conduct and it may be done consciously and unconsciously. It can be covert or direct. But if you have been the victim of it, whether as a mother or a father, you know it is real.

So Liz can rant all she wants, and tell you to stay away from me, but I am still going to be handling these cases and standing up for good parents and children everywhere against those who would advocate parental alienation and hostile parenting.

Write a Letter to Dad for Fathers Day

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

With Father’s Day approaching on June 15, ChildWatch, a family advocacy group in Bermuda, is holding a letter writing contest for children to highlight the importance of fathers.  Children ages seven to eighteen are asked to explain in a letter, 500 words or less, “why your dad is a wonderful dad to you”.

There are four age categories and four winners with the child’s father winning prizes too, including: a bicycle radio, DVD player, TV, stereo and free buffets for two families of three at the Elbow Beach Hotel in Bermuda (plane tickets not included).

The letter should be titled “Letter to Dad” and at least 100 words.  Letters should be neatly handwritten or typed and emailed to childwatch.bermuda@yahoo.com or mailed to ChildWatch, suite No. 1080, #48 Par-la-Ville Road Hamilton HM 11, no later than May 30.

According to Tari Trott writing for The Royal Gazette of Bermuda, judges will be looking at the author’s ability to write articulately and passionately.  Post your letters in the Comments section below as well.

Celebrating Fathers Day With a Walk

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Julian Mariscal is a father of four in the midst of a divorce and custody battle in Kennewick, Washington.

Apparently facing a court decision that mom should have custody and he would get visitation every other weekend, Mariscal says, “Four days a month, that’s not enough.”

To combat it, he’s organized a walk for dad’s like him, who believe they’ve been treated unfairly by a family court system that favors the mother. The walk starts at the Kennewick Courthouse at noon on Father’s Day.

“All I’m asking is that they give us the opportunity, us men, fathers to have equal rights, just make it 50/50,” he said according to KNDO TV.

 
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