Laws:

Despite the laws in every state that specifically forbid discrimination based on gender and the fact that the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of all citizens to due process and equal protection of the law, men and fathers are routinely at an inherent disadvantage in the family courtroom setting. The Men's Rights site will report on the laws and proposed family law changes that directly impact father’s and men’s rights.
Tuesday, 25 January 2011 15:27

Men and Fathers: Get Your Justice

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.

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.

Monday, 24 January 2011 22:41

Fathers and Families Legislative Agenda

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.

Monday, 24 January 2011 21:31

Child Support Reform - Fathers and Families

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.

The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads in part “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude… shall exist within the United States.”

The Alliance for Freedom from Alimony (AFA) believes the forceful collection of lifetime alimony is a form of involuntary servitude and it unfairly targets men.

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