With the recent filing of two proposed bills, Florida politicians are spearheading efforts to move alimony reform forward within a state widely believed to be among the worst toward men when it comes to awarding spousal support.
Rep. Ritch Workman and Sen. Diaz de la Portilla have filed identical bills in the House and Senate, respectively, and will work to convince legislators that the state’s alimony laws are badly broken and need to be brought into the 21st century.
According to Florida Alimony Reform, the bills include provisions that will:
Could alimony reform be on its way to West Virginia?
Following advantageous changes to alimony laws in favor of men's rights in several states, such as Massachusetts and Tennessee, West Virginia will now consider adopting guidelines similar to child support for awarding spousal support.
West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret Workman said currently alimony awards are inconsistent and unpredictable since there is no framework for amount or duration.
When Denmark passed legislation making equal child custody the default custodial arrangement, it was met with expected controversy and hostility toward men's rights.
Four years later, a study shows that presumed 50-50 child custody arrangements can work with the help of motivated parents, proving this model could exist in the U.S.
The Parental Responsibility Act created the "7/7" solution where children spend alternating weeks with each parent. This is the standard arrangement enforced by the government unless parents agree to a different custody schedule.
The Danish National Centre for Social Research issued a report saying presumed 50-50 custody can work well with co-parenting cooperation in order to provide continuity to a child's life.
Two dads have filed lawsuits claiming their fathers rights were violated when a child welfare agency put their children in foster care rather than let the kids live with their fathers after the children were removed from their mothers’ care because of neglect.
After the Washington D.C. Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) removed the children and placed them in foster care, Sam Wilson and Andre Adgerson – who both had joint custody - had to fight for months in order to have their parental rights to their children recognized, according to the Washington Post.
Both dads were active, involved fathers who shared child custody with the children's mother. They argued their children should have immediately been put in their care once their mothers were found neglectful.
But, as frequently happens with dads rights, their parental rights were ignored.
Child Support Question:
How do child support laws handle issues of potential paternity fraud?
My former girlfriend and I had a child out of wedlock who I pay child support for, though I rarely see him.
I've learned my ex lied to me about being the father and just wanted someone to help support the child.
Can I take a paternity test to officially determine I'm not the biological father and then terminate child support for a child I have no relationship with?
This is the first in a series of articles highlighting men's rights organizations.
Fathers and Families improves the lives of children and strengthens society by protecting the child's right to the love and care of both parents after separation or divorce.
We seek better lives for children through family court reform that establishes equal rights and responsibilities for fathers and mothers.
Decades of research show beyond doubt that children do better when two biological parents raise them. But divorce, separation and out-of-wedlock childbearing tend to separate children from their father.
So Fathers and Families seeks to change family law to keep both parents in children's lives to the greatest extent possible.
A package of laws designed to give biological fathers rights when their child is born to a married woman is awaiting a vote in the Michigan legislature.
Currently, Michigan law does not give parental rights to biological fathers if the mother of the child is married at the time of the child's birth to another man.
Daniel Quinn wanted visitation rights and to pay child support after a court-ordered DNA test proved he was the biological father of a daughter born to Candace Beckwith, who was married to another man at the time.
However, Michigan courts have continually denied his appeal because biological fathers have no parental standing in these situations, according to state law.
Men's rights was delivered a victory by the Tennessee Supreme Court in a case that could determine the future of how alimony is awarded in that state.
In a unanimous decision, the state's highest court ruled the award of lifetime alimony and attorney fees to a man's ex-wife were inappropriate because the wife was healthy, held a stable well-paying job and received considerable assets through the division of marital property.
This alimony case involved a wife, Johanna Gonsewski, who claimed she deserved $15,000 a year in alimony despite the fact she earns $72,000 a year.
A system designed to protect from abuse is being abused. False allegations of abuse are increasingly rampant in today's family law courtrooms because of how easy it is to obtain orders of protection that give a huge advantage to one side - usually the woman's side.
Tom Lemons explored this injustice in his latest film "DVI: The Inside Story," a documentary that looks at the impact of false domestic violence claims and a legal system that favors those who lie to obtain them.
Lemons talked with MensRights.com editor Matt Allen about the tactical use of false allegations and the destructive, lasting consequences it forces on the man being victimized.
"Profiling of different groups based on skin color, age, disabilities, etc., is not permissible. We regard these generalizations as being deplorable in virtually every sphere of civil rights, but for some reason these generalizations and assumptions are permissible as they pertain to men in domestic scenarios."
Cordell says there are millions of men and fathers who find themselves in family law courtrooms across America feeling as though they are in the dark corner of the room.