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Man becomes fathers' rights advocate after lengthy custody case

Friday, September 22, 2017

In a Texas divorce and elsewhere around the country, custody issues can often be contentious. Traditionally, courts have granted mothers more time with the children than with fathers. One father in another state learned he would only see his son every other weekend after his divorce. He had once been an active parent in his son's life and was devastated to no longer be regularly involved. As a result, the man is now an advocate for fathers' rights.

The father was not happy with the court's decision, and he decided to fight it. He spent a lot of time in court over a three-year period. The man now shares joint custody of his son with his ex-wife. The experience has prompted him to join and eventually chair a fathers' rights advocacy group.

The goal of the group is to establish equal time for parents going through a divorce. The current standard in courts to determine custody is typically the best interest of the child. Opponents of this method contend that it leads to greater conflict between the divorcing parents as they fight to prove who is the better parent.

While many still contend the use of the best interest standard in deciding custody battles is effective, the concept of parental equality is gaining support. The father has given a legislator in his state a proposed bill for introduction in the state legislature. It provides for equal say in raising a child as well as equal parenting time. He believes that it is important for both parents to be involving in a child's upbringing.

When going through a divorce, it is important to have an advocate who understands the client's unique situation. A Texas divorce attorney familiar with fathers' rights issues can help someone navigate the complex issues of a divorce. An experienced lawyer will work toward achieving the best possible outcome, including any disagreements regarding child custody and visitation.

Source: keprtv.com, "Fathers' rights activist speaks out about parental equality in family court", Elise Haas, April 5, 2017

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