Father's rights to Fair Custody

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In the past years the main court ruling in family court decisions has laid in the favor for mothers to have sole custody. However recent years have proved some changing ideals on custody. With rising father’s rights activism groups, more fathers are starting to get treated more fairly in these court cases. Courts are redefining the guidelines that they are using to determine custody cases. As these guidelines change they look past the general idea of a mother being necessary for a child’s well-being and give the father a fair chance. “Fathers love their children as much as mothers. It’s offensive that a loving, caring father is labeled a “noncustodial parent” (Smith). In a New York City Family court, Watts v. watts was announced, “The simple fact of being a mother does not, by itself, indicate a capacity or willingness to render a quality of care different from that which the father can provide” 350 N.Y.S. 2d 285 (1973). Why does there seem to be a bias in child custody cases? “Dads want their day” states that many divorced fathers believe that courts have still not heard their message and that they believe they are fighting against an anti-father bias. Father’s rights advocates and other groups are influencing several states to give the father a chance or to at least support joint custody. The most effective advocates for father’s rights may be those situated outside the movement. As fathers rights groups rise case law is shifting and becoming more father-friendly in child custody.. There are actually statistics that show that “children raised by single mothers fare poorly compared to kids raised by both parents or by single fathers” (Smith). Also it states that if joint custody is not possible, “kids are generally better off w... ... middle of paper ... ...dren but they also see them as a source of living money.” Even though most fathers have the same common thought process that is expressed in “Make Room for Daddy” of “If I’m not involved emotionally I have no motivation to be involved financially”, they still are less likely to be delinquent than mothers. “Dads Want Their Day” says that although mothers are less likely to be ordered to pay child support to the father, they are more likely to not pay than fathers are. In fact “Mothers receive an average of sixty percent of child support whereas fathers receive less than forty-eight percent of support” (Smith). Even though this occurs family law veterans say that courts throw the books at dads for not paying child support such as making them pay fines, garnishing their wages, and jail-time where as hey give mothers a warning to respect the fathers visitation rights.

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