When Texas parents go through a divorce or separate, one of the biggest points of contention between them can be the children. One man is attempting to stand up for his fathers' rights in the case of his son. He claims his wife failed to include him in several decisions concerning their son's medical care.
Statistics show less than 18 percent of fathers act as custodial parents. Although single parent homes are becoming very common, many times the mother is the main caregiver. This makes it even more important for fathers to ensure they are being involved and active with their children. For this man, his major concern was being barred from access to his son's medical records during the divorce.
He claims his wife made medical decisions about their son without his consent. She also filed a do-not-resuscitate order and failed to get his permission. When the father found out he legally had a say in the matter, he claims he was met with resistance when he tried to have it changed. The man stated he requested for the DNR to be destroyed, but the doctor ignored his wishes. Fathers' rights can be a struggle for many men who feel the system has let them down when it comes to their children.
Texas fathers who feel their fathers' rights have been violated may be able to plead their case through the courts. State laws differ for fathers outside of Texas, but there still could be options available. Every father should be able to have a meaningful relationship with their child and still be involved in decisions concerning the health and well-being of their children. When they are left out, it could be against the law.
Source: HuffPost Divorce, "Divorced Dads' Rights: Father Fights For Say In Son's DNR Order, Access to Medical Records (VIDEO)," Nov. 6, 2012