When you really look into and think about Father's Rights, it really comes down to what is best for the child. And what is best for the child is equal access to BOTH parents and not a living situation where the children are with one parent all the time while the other is reduced to a visitor in the lives of their own chlidren.
On July 6, 2008, Parade magazine initiated a poll regarding divorced fathers which asks; “Should fathers have equal time with their kids?"
Presently: 62% YES 38% NO
This poll is provocative and encouraging to think about, as it shows that the tide is really turning in the Father's Rights arena. Our message is getting through, Father's Rights are important to everyone, not just fathers, and is most beneficial to all children.
Top expert Dr. Warren Farrell (www.warrenfarrell.com) has carefully studied over a thousand cases during the span of twenty years of children from divorce families, and stated, “It is not about father's rights, it is not about mother's rights, it is about the Child's Right to both halves of itself". I firmly believe in this statement.
Unfortunately, today's courts have not inspired a forum in which a divorce can be decided productively in a caring and healing manner. The job of any divorce attorney is to insight conflict and they usually try to drag out the proceedings until someone runs out of money or just gives up. This is all at the expense of the child who never asked for the divorce in the first place. The child is dragged into it, used as pawns by the mother to gain an advantage in family court for custody and other “rewards" such as high alimony payments. Unfortunately, the real victim is the child.
I have worked with literally hundreds of fathers from across the United States and in several other countries as well for the past two decades. For many years it has been an uphill battle, but it feels as though there is more to look forward to than ever. More and more people are going our cause and have come to realize that fathers are extremely important in the lives of their children. If you are a father just beginning his struggle, know that you are not alone. There is literally a Brotherhood our there where you can get all the information you need and who have experienced everything that you are feeling and going through.
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