In my search for answers, I stumbled upon The Fathers’ Rights Movement , a civil rights movement whose members are primarily interested in issues related to family law, including child custody and child support that affect fathers and their children. Many of its members are fathers who desire to share the parenting of their children equally with their children’s mother.
The federal law Title IV-D of the Social Security Act was established in the late 1980’s. Designed to encourage the collection of support payments for the public welfare, as well as reimburse the court for potential collection expenditures, it grants family court judges, the court system, and the state extra funds and wages for the federal government for each dollar the court extracts from a non-custodial parent in the form of child support.Mostly impervious to the eyes of scholars and journalists, family courts are cloaked in secrecy: they are held without jury trials, little is recorded of the proceedings, and many issue orders against discussing the terms of the case in public – ostensibly to protect the privacy of the family. Recent journalism and research, however, as well as moral activism on the part of whistle-blowers, has revealed that family courts have been increasingly, over the last two decades, operating outside the original intent of Title IV-D. The result is the corruption of the judiciary.AND…A father who never married the mother of his child has a much shakier legal status. Petitioning the courts for paternal rights as a father who had a child out of wedlock is complicated to do and much less likely to be successful. A legal system that has evolved to recognize equal, interdependent parents doesn’t really apply. As Cahn and Carbone have written, in this social class the women are generally better off and choose not to marry the fathers, precisely because they want to avoid future legal disputes over children. If that father is Jason Patric or Bode Miller, he can probably afford a lawyer and get sympathetic publicity. But if he’s not, the best a poor father can hope for if he wants to impact his child is to be a steady paycheck.
Opponents of Dads Rights
It’s remarkable to hear dads rights opponents dismiss the movement as a propaganda machine simply manipulating the facts in an effort to disenfranchise mothers.
The oft-stated mantra on DadsDivorce.com is the fathers rights movement is not an anti-mom movement or anti-woman movement. It’s an anti-unfairness movement. Dads simply want family courts to treat them with the same respect and rights given to mothers.
How biased is the family law system against men’s rights?
Let’s take a look at the numbers – the indisputable facts proving how much dads rights are discriminated against.
Dads Rights Discrimination Statistics
* 17.4 percent of custodial parents are fathers, thus 82.6 percent of custodial parents are mothers.
* Men represent 97 percent of alimony payers.
* Men represent 87.1 percent of child support payers.
* 84.7 percent pay at least some form of child support at a median amount of $4,250 per year, contradicting the popular “deadbeat dad” image. The vast majority of non-support paying fathers are usually the most poorly educated men with very low or no incomes proving once again that most dads who cannot pay child support are not unwilling to pay, they are simply unable to pay.
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Locking Up Dads Too Poor To Pay
* 24 million children in America – one out of three – live in biological father-absent homes.
* 35 percent of children whose parents are no longer living together have no contact with their non-custodial parent, usually the father.
* Two-thirds of mothers think dads are replaceable either by mom or other men.
* 63% of men who live with their children say they helped their child with homework at least several times a week, and 54% say they took their child to or from activities several times a week or more. Only 10% of fathers who live apart from their children are able to help with homework and only 11% took a child to or from activities.
* 93 percent and 91 percent of moms and dads, respectively, agree that a father absence crisis exists.
* There were approximately 158,000 stay-at-home dads in 2009.
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Stay At Home Dads Rights
If you are a father going through divorce, contact the Cordell & Cordell Law Firm to speak with a mens divorce attorney.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, National Fatherhood Initiative, National Center for Health Statistics, Pew Research Center, Dr. Linda Nielsen
Original YouTube videos:
“Carol Rhodes exposes the corrupt child support agencies,” by rrpedersen
“Carol Rhodes Former FOC Enforcement Officer,” by dandiebolt
“Carol Rhodes Author of FOC Enemy of the Family,” by darricksf
Marsha Maines, Family Rights Activist Parts 1 & 2, by markyoung12
Stephen Baskerville Discusses Deadbeat Dad Pizza Box Issue, by acfusa
[Les Miserables] – 10th anniversary Work Song, by mistyaho
[Les Miserables] 10th anniversary – Look Down, by mistyaho
Websites on Title IV-D/equal parenting to consider:
On their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/Fathers4kids I saw a number of posts that made me cry since I could relate with them so deeply. On their timeline I found the following statistics which I repost here.
1. 43% of US children live without their father [US Department of Census]
2. 90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes. [US D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census]
3. 80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes. [Criminal Justice & Behaviour, Vol 14, pp. 403-26, 1978]
4. 71% of pregnant teenagers lack a father. [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release, Friday, March 26, 1999]
5. 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes. [US D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census]
6. 85% of children who exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes. [Center for Disease Control]
7. 90% of adolescent repeat arsonists live with only their mother. [Wray Herbert, “Dousing the Kindlers,” Psychology Today, January, 1985, p. 28]
8. 71% of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. [National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools]
9. 75% of adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes. [Rainbows f for all God’s Children]
10. 70% of juveniles in state operated institutions have no father. [US Department of Justice, Special Report, Sept. 1988]
11. 85% of youths in prisons grew up in a fatherless home. [Fulton County Georgia jail populations, Texas Department of Corrections, 1992]
12. Fatherless boys and girls are: twice as likely to drop out of high school; twice as likely to end up in jail; four times more likely to need help for emotional or behavioral problems. [US D.H.H.S. news release, March 26, 1999]
Moral: KIDS NEED DADS!
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