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Monday, June 22, 2009

The Importance of Fathers

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With yesterday being Father's Day, I thought I'd post these statistics regarding child custody and father's rights.  As we all know, the importance of a father in a child's life is priceless, especially one that provides love, support and nurturing for his children. Despite the rising divorce rate in our country, father's should always have a place in a child's life and parents need to keep this in mind regardless of their own needs or wants. Children should never be used as pawns in a game against the other parent. This leads to parent separation and other issues that can harm your child's future mentally and emotionally forever.
According to a statement from Thorne, one of the procedures that will be challenged is the "80-day rule" created by local judges. It automatically takes effect as soon as a child custody case is filed, allowing one parent only 80 days a year with the child while the other parent is allowed 285 days – regardless of circumstances.
The rule, Miller argues, discriminates against one parent, violating the principle of equal protection as well as due process, since it is imposed without a hearing.
Such procedures would be banned if Sharp rules the practices are unconstitutional, Thorne's statement said.
Hundreds of divorce cases are filed daily across the U.S., and according to the Children'sJustice.org website, custody dispute cases leave nearly 38 percent of the fathers with no access or visitation rights to their children. In addition, four in 10 mothers report they interfered with the father's visitation to punish him (my emphasis) at least once, half the mothers see "no value" in the father's continued contact with his children and 70 percent of the fathers wanted more time with their kids...More information: http://victimsoflaw.net/Fatherhood.htm
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