By Caroline Cordell
History repeats itself once again with proposed legislation in Nebraska to create the presumption of equal parenting time unlikely to pass in the Nebraska State Senate.
Last month, MensRights.com published an article chronicling the exciting and promising custody reform in Nebraska, in particular the LB 1000 bill. The situation seemed encouraging, with the Nebraska Administrative Office of the Courts releasing a report supporting the core tenets of the proposed legislation: divorced fathers have limited visitation with their children.
Surprisingly, or unsurprisingly to those familiar with the family law courts, fathers are at an inherent disadvantage in Nebraska courts.
By Caroline Cordell
The men’s rights movement is, on the basic level, a movement that seeks fairness for men in scenarios where women are presumed to have the advantage. Specifically, our website focus on men’s rights in the law because in almost every courtroom women have an inherent advantage.
The concept of “men’s rights” gets members of both genders riled up for often two reasons.
One, they don’t know what it means and so instead of researching the movement more, they decide they are against it.
And two, they think that men’s rights is the anti-feminist movement, made up of men who hate women and want to be the patriarch of our society.
Unsurprisingly, neither of those ideas is accurate. So, if you aren’t convinced of the need of the men’s rights movement, here are five reasons you should support this movement.
By Sarah J. Merry
If you have recently decided to seek a divorce from your spouse, or are contemplating doing so, you undoubtedly have questions about what you should or should not do with respect to your assets, debts, and household expenses.
By Sarah J. Merry
As if coming to the decision to seek a divorce was not stressful and complicated enough, you are now facing the seemingly daunting task of hiring an attorney. Hiring a divorce lawyer, and, in particular, who you hire as your attorney, is an important decision and should be made after thorough consideration.
Just think: your matrimonial attorney is an individual with whom you will be spending a great deal of time with over the next several months, if not years (yes, sometimes even years) and he or she will be the person who you will count on to guide you through the divorce process.
Selecting an attorney is important, but selecting the RIGHT attorney for you is even more important! Several factors to consider during the attorney selection process are as follows:
Tax season is quickly approaching, and for divorced men, this can be even more stressful than usual because of alimony, or maintenance, payments and child support.
You thought that you had survived the worst part of the year, the holidays, when the effects of your divorce are at their highest point. Finally you don’t have to worry about which days you will be able to see your kids, or how you can celebrate the holidays with them.
But, after a divorce, 97 percent of alimony payors are men, according to the US Census Bureau. Unsurprisingly, men also account for 85 percent of those ordered to pay child support.
So, chances are, you are likely paying both alimony and child support. These payments add up quickly, and it can seem overwhelming and crippling to send these out every month.
With all these payments, figuring out how to pay taxes is not easy. Here are some tips for filing for your taxes to help you during this stressful time:
By Caroline Cordell
In Nebraska, a debate is raging on the merits of joint custody, also known as shared parenting.
As a result of the intense arguments brewing, the Nebraska Administrative Office of the Courts released a shocking report on child custody orders in the state.
From 2002 to 2012:
Any father who has been the targeted parent of parental alienation and witnessed first-hand its dangerous effects always wants to know, “how could I have avoided this?”
Parental alienation disorder is a mental condition in which a child, usually one put in the middle of a contentious divorce, allies strongly with one parent and rejects a relationship with the other parent without legitimate justification.
It’s no secret that men and fathers battling for equal rights face an uphill battle in a family court setting.
Lary Holland recognized this, but also saw more of a problem with family courts as a whole within the country.
So he started Get Your Justice Live, which originally was a podcast about the local laws and policies that he distributed to government employees.
Kentucky has adopted uniform rules for family law cases statewide for the first time and there are rules that are beneficial but also some that are harmful to father’s rights.
The theory behind the Family Rules was to take the best practices from the state along with relevant statutes, civil rules and controlling case law and codify that into the Family Rules, thus streamlining divorces and have everyone operating under one practice. Previously, judges created local family law rules for their jurisdiction meaning each county did something different.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments about gender discrimination and citizenship that father’s and men’s rights groups are calling an unconstitutional double standard.
Currently, children born overseas who have one U.S.-citizen parent can obtain U.S. citizenship if the citizen parent had been physically present in the U.S. for a certain period of time before the child’s birth, according to the Supreme Court’s blog. If the citizen parent is the father, the period is five years; if it is the mother, the period is one year.
So it is much easier for mothers to pass on citizenship to their children than for fathers. The court must consider if the mother-path to citizenship (which is four years shorter than the father-path) is unconstitutional gender-based discrimination.