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.
Fathers & Families is a national organization committed to family court reform at the political level. The group’s wide-ranging and ambitious legislative agenda for 2011 is aimed at providing more men’s and father’s rights in family law cases.
One bill that is being introduced in the California legislature would give the courts statutory power to enforce visitation orders, something that should have been done decades ago.
When a child is involved in an international parental kidnapping dispute, the non-offending parent should look to the Hague Convention for guidance.
The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is a treaty between countries that agree to cooperate and abide one set of laws, the Hague Convention, for the return of children removed from their home country for custody disputes.
International child abduction is a crime in every U.S. state and in some cases the abducting parent can be charged with a federal crime under the International Parental Kidnapping Crime Act.
Nevertheless, international parental kidnapping continues to happen. The Office of Children's Issues at the State Department lists on its website measures to help prevent this horrible situation from occurring.
Going after a man’s wallet and his finances is one of the more blatant and destructive ways the family court system attacks men.
The past few years many fathers have fallen behind on child support payments due to the economy and high unemployment rate. The problem is when dads do fall behind it is extremely difficult to pay off the additional arrears because of the high interest rates applied so it just keeps on adding up.
As a member of the board of directors of the national organization Fathers & Families, Robert Franklin is an active father’s rights advocate.
Franklin is pushing for mandatory DNA testing at all births to help combat paternity fraud. Using data from the Bureau of Vital Statistics and some assumptions, he estimates in the United States alone between 280,000 to 410,000 children are born to men who think they are the father but are not.
“In every case of paternity fraud, there are two men being defrauded,” Franklin said.
He talked with the Men's Rights site about paternity fraud and solutions to this growing problem.
Have doubts that you are the father of your pregnant partner’s child? The most important action you can take to prevent paternity fraud is to request a DNA test at the hospital to confirm that you are the father BEFORE you sign the Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity form.
In most jurisdictions, genetic testing is not required to establish paternity; all that is required is a signed VAP form. VAP forms are available for fathers to sign at the hospital at the time of the child’s birth.