Fatherhood:Being a single, non-custodial parent often feels like you are less important in your child’s eyes and that you are seen primarily as simply a source of income. But fathers need to realize their importance and that no one can replace you as your child’s dad. Being a divorced dad is challenging due to biased child custody decisions and prevalence of parental alienation, but that means you just have to try even harder to grow your relationship with your children and be the best father possible.
It's not uncommon for a grandparent's access to their grandchildren to be thwarted by divorce and even family disputes. The issue of grandparents' rights to visitation was recently heard by the Alabama Supreme Court in a case where the grandparents’ rights were declined even when the grandchild's parents were still married.
The married couple denied the grandparents' access to the child on account of a business dispute. The grandparents sued for regular access to the grandchildren and successfully won visitation rights.
Japan is called "a black hole" where once abducted children enter, they never return. No one knows this painful reality better than Paul Toland, a left-behind parent whose daughter, Erika, was abducted to Japan in 2003 and has been held there since.
Toland is a commander in the U.S. Navy, has testified before Congress (pictured) on this issue, and co-founded the organization Bring Abducted Children Home, which is dedicated to the immediate return of internationally abducted children who are being wrongfully detained in Japan.
He talked with MensRights.com editor Matt Allen about his organization, his thwarted attempts to see his daughter, and why the United States continues to tolerate this type of behavior from Japan.
Paternity Laws Question:
My wife and I are getting divorced. She is pregnant with another man's baby and will probably have the baby before our divorce is final.
What do I need to do to protect myself against having to pay child support for the child that is not biologically mine, but will likely be born while I am married to the child's mother?
Do I have paternity rights in this case?
Fathers Rights Question:
My wife and I are currently separated, but the divorce has not been finalized, and she is denying my visitation rights to my children.
We have no child custody agreement and no child support agreement, however I have been paying her money for the past year. This past month I didn't have money to pay her so she has denied me from seeing my kids until I pay her.
Since there is no court order in place regarding child support or my visitation rights as a father, what are my options to see my children?
All children need two parents in their lives even if their parents are divorced. This concept of the importance of shared parenting is not lost on Washington State Sen. Jim Kastama, who is known as the Washington Legislature’s leading advocate for shared parenting and recently announced he is running for Washington's Secretary of State.
He also was invited on stage at a Blue October concert in Seattle (watch the YouTube clip) drumming up support within the crowd to allow divorced dads more access to their children. You can learn more about Jim and his efforts for shared parenting by visiting the website JimKastama.com.
A bill in Utah would amend the state's child custody laws by adding an anti-discrimination clause to the custody statute.
Utah legislators have apparently realized the discrimination faced by men and fathers every day in family law courtrooms must stop and will now to need to make a law over something that should seem so obvious: you can't discriminate against someone based on gender.
Some of the most popular articles on MensRights.com deal with the facts and figures of discrimination against men and fathers that are so often overlooked by society and mainstream media.
This list of fathers rights facts is provided by the Father's Rights Council of Georgia, an organization dedicated to helping fathers learn their rights, use their rights, and build productive unhindered relationships with their children.
The Hague Convention is a treaty between countries that agree to cooperate and abide by one set of laws - the Hague Convention - for the return of children removed from their home country in custody disputes.
The Hague is implemented in the United States, though not every country has joined the Hague Convention. There are several articles of the Hague Convention, but this article only pertains to the procedures and time of the removal.
Marriage rates have reached an all-time low meaning more children are being born out of wedlock. This issue of paternity is one of the more complex areas of family law.
Many men are curious about what an unwed father's legal responsibilities are to a child born outside of a marriage. Will he automatically have to pay child support? Is he the legal father of the child?