A reporter recently interviewed many fathers, a family law attorney and a judge to understand if fathers and mothers have equal rights when it involves the custody of children. Statistics of parents who are not living together indicate that 80 percent of custodial parents in Pennsylvania and all across America are mothers. The reporter asked experts multiple questions and for tips on how to ensure that fathers' rights were considered in custody cases.
Thousands of babies are born in Pennsylvania every year, but not all of them are born into happy, unified parents or families. When a baby is born to a couple that is married, the husband of the mother is automatically assumed and established as the child's legal father. It is not the same when a couple is not married, and there are several steps that must be taken to establish paternity. One man in another state filed a lawsuit against the mother of his alleged unborn child in order to establish his father's rights early.
It has not been uncommon for dads in some parts of the country to find themselves arrested and in jail on Father's Day every year. Reports indicate that some states have chosen to institute Father's Day raids to round up fathers who have not paid child support, while they are visiting their children. Because child support orders are mandated by the court, non-payment is often viewed as criminal. Dads who have been criminally charged would likely advise others in the divorce process to seek the help of a skilled Pennsylvania attorney who will advocate for a father's rights before an official order is made.
Pennsylvania family courts often have a difficult job. Evidence and difference of opinions must be heard by both parties to determine the best options for child support and custody of shared children between divorcing spouses. One gubernatorial candidate in another state is claiming that his fathers' rights have been ignored by a family court in his divorce case, and he hopes to be elected to office to bring change and awareness that some fathers face.
The realities of marriage and dealing with the day-to-day life of one can be challenging for many Pennsylvania couples. Some parents may decide that life apart would be the best choice for all involved, but decisions can be difficult when it comes to their children. Proceeding with a divorce not only requires decisions on property division, financial support but also the finance and care of the couple's children. Corey Bohan is fighting for his father's rights during divorce negotiations and is seeking joint legal and physical custody of his daughter with Audrina Patridge.
Many Pennsylvania fathers believe that they will come out on top in a custody battle against a spouse with a drug or alcohol problem. In reality, however, courts take a very conservative approach when it comes to limiting a parent's access to his or her child. It's important to understand how fathers' rights play out in a child custody case involving addiction.
For many Pennsylvania men, knowing when to pull the plug on a relationship is a difficult matter. No one wants to give up on a marriage, especially when there is any chance of improving the relationship. That said, there are situations in which divorce may be the best path forward. Men can benefit from understanding when it may be better to simply move on and focus on fathers' rights.
Being a dad can be one of the most rewarding experiences in a man's life. Unfortunately, some dads in Pennsylvania and elsewhere find that their fathers' rights are not taken into consideration during and after the divorce process, and that gaining fair access to their children is harder than it should be. This is something actor Jesse Williams is said to be feeling.
When it comes to custody and visitation, plenty of Pennsylvania fathers do not feel that they get a fair shot. Why? Don't fathers' right exist so that they can gain access to their children?
A father in another state has been through a lot in trying to gain custody of his daughter. Unfortunately, in certain circumstances, the court is not very forgiving. While fighting for father's rights is difficult, many in Pennsylvania and elsewhere would agree that it is worth it.