While family court attempts to do what is best for the child there are times when even the best judge can fall sway to stereotyped thinking. It’s true that it used to be easier for mothers to gain full custody of their children because of outdated thinking that said mothers were more nurturing. People also used to believe that most men were not interested in active parenting. While this kind of thinking is less common now father still needs support when going through divorce and child custody... proceedings. There are many organizations around the country that focus on supporting and maintaining fathers' rights, both in family courts and through legislative action.
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The American Coalition for Fathers and Children (ACFC) is a non-profit organization in support of shared parenting. The ACFC works closely with pro-family and civil liberties groups throughout the country in an effort to promote equal rights for both parents in family courts throughout the U.S. They also work to help shape family law legislation and raise public awareness around the issue of children needing both parents. The efforts of organizations like this are useful in the fight for equal... rights for both men and women. Removing traditional parental stereotypes will help both parents achieve a fair settlement and access to their children.
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The Children's Rights Council was founded in 1985 and is a strong advocate for the active involvement of both parents in raising a child. They’re so dedicated to this idea that their tagline is "The Best Parent is Both Parents®." In pursuit of social and legal justice, The Children's Rights Council serves to protect the best interest of children in custody cases. They strive to facilitate regular interactions between non-custodial parents and their children and also advocate for... child custody reform. The organization has chapters in every state in the U.S. as well as international chapters to support parents living abroad, either with or without their children.
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Originally called the "Fathers and Families," the National Parents' Organization is a non-profit group that advocates for children's right to love and be cared for by both parents. The organization encourages shared parenting and works to protect equal rights, as well as equal responsibilities, for both parents. Organizations like this which focus on equal care for both parents may not seem to be focused on the rights of the father, however, by striving for equality they ensure... that mothers and fathers have the same rights.
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This website is dedicated to educating fathers on the issues of divorce, child custody, and child support. It has great tools like a child support calculator. If you’re looking for information and a support network that’s directed just at father’s this is a good website to visit. It includes a free, regular podcast with Attorney Joseph Cordell. There is also a forum that connects fathers in similar situations. For father’s that need legal advice but also someone to talk to Dad’s Divorce is a... great tool.