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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 July, 2008

Survey – Equal Parenting Time for Divorced Dads?

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

“In 85% of divorces, fathers get just two weekends a month and a couple of hours during the week.” — Mike McCormick of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children.

With the divorce and custody trial of Christie Brinkley vs. Peter Cook in the news, the Intelligence Report at Parade Magazine is asking if divorce courts are anti-dad and is taking a survey on this question:

“Should divorced dads get equal time with their kids?”

Parade notes that up to half of fathers lose contact with their kids after a divorce even with a trend toward shared custody over the past twenty years.

Proportional time is a new legal trend according to Jennifer Rosato of Philadelphia’s Drexel University School of Law, where “the custody decision is based on the time dads spent with their children before the divorce, rather than presuming that dads have, and want, limited involvement with their kids.”

But, says McCormick, “Courts want a check first and a relationship second.”

Fathers Custody Rights

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

As a father, you have certain rights and responsibilities with respect to your children. You do not need a court order to obtain your rights as a father. You already have them. They are guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the laws of your state. Until and unless a court rules otherwise, your rights as a father and as a parent include the right to:

  • be an influence in your children’s lives, be involved, interact, and spend time with them;
  • love and nurture your children without harassment from the other parent;
  • decide where your children will live;
  • participate in the parenting of your children;
  • see the school and medical records of your children;
  • attend and participate in your children’s extra-curricular activities;
  • have the custody, care and control of your children;
  • select your children’s school and determine whether it will be home, public, or private;
  • determine your children’s religious faith and practices;
  • determine your children’s doctors, dentist, and medical treatment;
  • follow your own beliefs and parenting style during your time with the children without interference from the other parent;
  • guide and discipline your children; and,
  • decide what is best for your children.

In addition to your rights, you also have certain duties, obligations and responsibilities, too. As a father and a parent, you have the responsibility to:

  • support your children;
  • provide them with food, shelter, and clothing;
  • see that they obtain appropriate medical treatment;
  • provide access to their schooling;
  • protect them from harm and neglect;
  • foster their relationship with their other parent; and
  • give them all the love, nurturing and encouragement you possibly can.
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