Americans for Equal Rights for Fathers

Ignoring an Inequality Culprit: Single-Parent Families 

Ignoring an Inequality Culprit: Single-Parent Families

Intellectuals fretting about income disparity are oddly silent regarding the decline of the two-parent family. An excerpt from this article:  Suppose a scientific conference on cancer prevention ne…

The 100 – 150 event

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“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.”  ―  William Faulkner “Never be afraid to raise your voice…

Fathers

Prentice Powell Performs ‘Good Father’

Prentice Powell makes his third appearance on Arsenio’s show with an extremely powerful and emotional performance of “Good…

Judge: Mom convicted in Iowa slaying must see kids. Here is a little more background on my battle.

Judge: Mom convicted in Iowa slaying must see kids preview imageI am now facing up to 6 months in jail because I cannot afford to pay off $45K to the killer in child support arrears (I have paid almost $90K to date. If anyone is willing …Show more

Judge: Mom convicted in Iowa slaying must see kids

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A mother serving life in prison for murder must be allowed to see her children, who were in the rural Iowa home during the..

Father Will Be Jailed If He Doesn’t Pay Convicted Murderer $40,000 Support Arrears

A Father’s Fight!

After surviving an attempted murder by his ex-wife Tracey Richter, (she is now incarcerated for the murder of Dustin Wehde in Early Iowa Sac County) and enduring an 8-year legal battle for custody of his kids, Michael Roberts and his kids are…John Cruz

  • John Cruz wow I’ve seen and been apart of just how unjust the system is towards fathers but this story is just wow at a loss for word.

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Congressional Testimony: Glen Gibellina to Bill Windsor of Lawless America

Congressional Testimony: Glen Gibellina to Bill Windsor of Lawless America. Lawless America…The Movie is all about exposing the fact that we now live in Lawless America. We no longer have laws that are enforced because judges do whatever they want to do. America has also become lawless because government officials are dishonest and/or corr…

Children’s Rights

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SHEINDLIN (“Judge Judy”): I was a lawyer in the family court for ten years. I worked for the corporation counsel’s office of the City of New York. I prosecuted juvenile delinquency cases. I did support and paternity. So, I was…

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Parental Alienation goes High Tech

Parental Alienation goes High Tech preview imageDivorcing parents need to be aware of the high-tech tools of parental alienation. These tools can and will be used against you in any custody matter. Be careful what you admit to doing… their generalizations could land you in…

Children’s Rights

Fighting to preserve Parent–Child relationships to improve the lives of children and strengthen society by protecting the child’s right to the love and care of both parents after separation/divorce. …

via Lawless America

Posted by David Inguanzo (Cause Leader) on August 30 Dear “Noncustodial” Parent: There is better than a 98% probability that you are actually (legally, the true legally) NOT really a “noncustodial” parent. The basics include…

Campaign 2016

Bringing DV Reform into the Political Debate National Survey of Registered Voters The 2012 election has become one of the most contentious contests in…

Short Wins – Pro Se Criminal Contempt Reversed And Other Cases

Short Wins – Pro Se Criminal Contempt Reversed And Other Cases

It’s a dog’s breakfast of victories in the nation’s federal criminal appellate courts. Personally, I love a good case on the district court’s contempt power — look to see the Fourth Circuit’s contempt reversal in United States…

King on Making It Happen

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) American civil rights leader Nobel Peace Prize…

Have you heard of or been a victim of parental alienation? The roles of real dads in the lives of our children are being discriminated against every day in “Family” courts. I will never give my rights

Source: Americans for Equal Rights for Fathers

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Hunger Protest ~ To be part of children’s lives.

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http://www.parentalrights.us/video/hunger-protest-interview-ray-schwabstrong_50896f4c0.html

Hunger protest at the state capital in Kansas. Ray Schwabstrong talks about how the system systematically isolated his parental rights to see and be part of his children’s lives. Ray talks about how is daughter was sexually abused while in custody of the state. To further the argument, Ray further explains the corruption within family court and social services and how the judge makes up rules as they continue a unconstitutional proceedings.

Father is fighting for me - 2016Ray is fighting for his rights with his wonderful wife on his side in protesting his parental rights to be a loving parent.

Supporting his family is what all of us brothers and sisters out should be doing. We need to put a stop to this abusive system that cares nothing more then hurting the children causing hardship for the parents and destroying our society.

Source: Hunger Protest – Interview Ray Schwabstrong

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Your children and future generations are counting on you to take action now!

An Urgent Call to Action: Let’s Make America Great Again! | Leon Koziol.ComA Plea To The Trump Campaign

Administrator’s Note: In yesterday’s post we introduced you to Moms and Dads for Trump or MAD for Trump, a new political action group that has been well received over the past 24 hours.  Today, we are calling upon visitors to LeonKoziol.Com for your help!

For years now, you knew there was something wrong with the system. Like many parents, you may have even doubted yourself. Until now, the pieces of the puzzle are finally coming together. The chickens are coming home to roost. It’s no longer a secret what’s happening all around us. The parallels between what both Mr. Koziol and Mr. Trump have said, are virtually identical. Unfortunately, the retaliation and the attacks by the establishment for exposing the truth have also come with a hefty price tag for both gentleman.

As the 2016 presidential election cycle unfolds, it should be no surprise that Mr. Trump’s message of exposing corruption is no different than what Mr. Koziol and many parents alike have been saying all along about our nation’s domestic relations courts here in America. Our government is operating under the collectivist notion that parents no longer have a right to parent their offspring – but rather, our children belong to the state and it’s your obligation to finance such a scheme or risk going to jail.

Folks, this is serious business. Therefore, we are asking you to copy the following letter, sign it and mail it to the Trump campaign at your earliest convenience.

Your children and future generations are counting on you to take action now! Unlike other movements, we are not advocating violence, riots or political disruption.  All we are asking for, is to be treated with respect by our government.

Only one candidate has the potential to bring about meaningful reform for both parents and children. That candidate is Donald Trump. Let’s help put Mr. Koziol in touch with his campaign and do our part to make America great again!

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March 20, 2016

Trump Campaign Headquarters
725 5th Ave. – 5th Floor
New York, NY 10022

Dear Trump Campaign Representative:

I’d like to bring to your attention the name of an individual with many Trump-like similarities who was once described by the Upstate New York media as a “prominent attorney” when he first ran for congress in 2006.

He has previously appeared in the New York Times, on the news program, “60 Minutes” with Morley Safer and on CNN. His name is Leon Koziol, and like Mr. Trump, he too has come under attack by the establishment ever since he first began publicly speaking out against and exposing judicial corruption within our third branch of government. Specifically, in matters relating to the destruction of the traditional family unit in our nation’s domestic relations courts, where otherwise cooperating and unsuspecting parents are routinely forced to fight for their offspring in a barbaric process known as a “custody battle.”

The net result of these proceedings has amounted to a substantial loss of productivity in America, countless suicides, derailed plans for your children’s future – a perfect recipe for a homeland security nightmare as the ominous signs continue to be ignored. Meanwhile, the lawyers, judges, forensic experts and other occupants of Hillary Clinton’s politically correct Utopian village, comprised of the far left, establishment right, United Nations and mainstream news media, continue to play along with this charade while ensuring themselves both profits and job security within “the system” all the while parents and children suffer. At the same time, this self-serving cast of misfit characters are quick to use their political powers to quell any dissent that dares to undermine their precious egos or question their authority. After all, this is America, and “stuff” like this is only supposed to happen in third world countries – so we’re told anyways!

Any attempt to publicly expose, organize, create awareness and remedy such an insidious agenda, immediately results in the discrediting or “killing of the messenger,”for the purpose preventing any sort of populous uprising. As such, and in the instance of Mr. Koziol, he has experienced a similar fate and mounting losses, nothing short of horrific, including his ability to practice law, protracted denials for reinstatement, an onslaught of character assignation attempts as well as the undeserved deprivation of his children after almost 10 long years of needless court controversies, despite the fact that he has NEVER been charged with or committed a single crime. Perhaps, the only thing that Mr. Koziol is guilty of, is standing up to this very same the system, which has not only financially bankrupted him, but demonized, vilified and denied him any sense of credibility in the public eye. However, given all of these obstacles, much Like Mr. Trump, he’s still standing and not taking a back seat to his countless adversaries.

Afters surviving a recent gag order and numerous attempts to suppress his First Amendment rights, Mr. Koziol continues to operate a website under the constant threat of incarceration, called LeonKoziol.Com. He has earned both a national and global following for his tireless efforts to stand up for the little guy. I firmly believe that he would be a valuable asset to the Trump campaign given his successful civil rights background. Furthermore, I also believe that he would be a strong point of contact for your Upstate New York and national organizing efforts.

Therefore, I strongly encourage you reach out to Mr. Koziol in an effort to connect with another like-minded individual who exemplifies the Trump spirit and has the same desire and willingness to make America great again! Mr. Koziol can be reached at (315) 796-4000.

Sincerely,

John Q. Public

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A Plea To The Trump Campaign Administrator’s Note: In yesterday’s post we introduced you to Moms and Dads for Trump or MAD for Trump, a new political action group that has been well rec…

Source: An Urgent Call to Action: Let’s Make America Great Again! | Leon Koziol.Com

How Much is Too Much Child Support?

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How Much is Too Much? | Psychology Today

On Jan. 1, Massachusetts adopted new child-support guidelines (link is external) that will likely raise the amount paid by non-custodial parents, usually fathers.

Are the new guidelines excessive and unfair, as a lawsuit charges? Or were the old guidelines too stingy? How much child support is enough? How much is too much?

Fathers & Families (link is external), a Boston-based advocacy organization, says the payments under the new guidelines are excessive. Non-custodial parents, usually fathers, who must now make increased payments could be forced to work long hours or move to a distant community to find housing they can afford.

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FOX 25 Boston News – – Just hearing the words child support sparks an emotional response. Fathers who feel like the rules are more about the paycheck than the parenting, mothers who say they cant live on what they have. In general, the perception is, its unfairly biased against men in the state of Massachusetts, says John Ollen of Marthas Vineyard. Full Story

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Stop Disparaging Dads Immediately

10 Things We Need To Stop Saying About Dads Immediately | RomperAs a mother, I’ve admittedly grown tired of the conversation surrounding or describing fatherhood; so, I can’t imagine how you fellas feel.You won't let me be with Zoraya - 2015 We’ve become so accustomed to talking about fathers as secondary parents. We praise them for doing even things that are the most basic as far as what is required of parents, while simultaneously downplaying their importance in kids’ lives, as well as the value of their love and involvement.cropped-fr-google-community-pic-2015

Thanks to a society plagued by sexism and misogyny that teaches men to suppress their feelings and avoid all emotions, men (and plenty of women) talk about fatherhood like it’s a joke: Fathers are so funny in their failures when they try to “be like mom,” and fathers are just so silly, trying to be parents when it’s clearly not something they’re “programmed” to be. It’s disheartening, to say the least. It puts an unfair burden on women to do most of the parenting and handle most of the responsibility, while also telling men that their non-monetary parenting contributions simply do not matter as much, are not as required, and when they do occur (and when they’re magically without tragic, endearing dad-flaw), they are worthy of a parade that moms never get for doing the same stuff all the time.

But the truth is, fathers are just as capable of being outstanding parents as mothers are. Fathers are just as devoted and involved, and more and more men are becoming stay-at-home fathers, so the cultural “norm” is changing in a way that other generations have never seen. Furthermore, the elaborate gold stars we give dads simply for being involved parents are not only offensive to moms, and not only perpetuating of problematic ideas about gender roles, but they are offensive to dads; they’re ultimately saying, “Wow, you’re doing something that is totally not what a “man” does — how cool for you!” Like, what guy wants to hear that? Let’s just let all of that “good dad” stuff be considered “normal parenting” stuff, and do away with the celebrations whenever a dude-parent does some of it, and see how it works to everyone’s benefit.

As our culture continues to change, so should the way we speak about fathers. With that in mind, here are 10 things we need to stop saying about dads:

They’re Glorified Babysitters

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All too often, when a mother is seen without her kid(s), she’ll hear, “Oh, is dad babysitting?” Well, no. No, he’s not babysitting because he’s the dad. He’s parenting.

When we tell fathers that being a father is more like babysitting than being a parent, we’re diminishing their role in their children’s lives, while simultaneously encouraging passive behavior. A babysitter is paid for their efforts, and are only responsible for a kid(s), for a few hours. That doesn’t sound like parenting to me.

They Don’t Have The “Parenting Gene

First of all, what exactly is the “parenting gene”? Scientists have yet to find a genetic link to a person’s urge or choice to become a parent. And while scientists believe genes could play a role in how a person parents, they’ve yet to find conclusive evidence that suggest that genes have a direct influence, instead attributing most parenting choices to how that parent was raised themselves. Environment (aka, our society and its culture) is a massive influence on our parenting choices: We either adhere to cultural norms, or consciously go against them.

In other words, the gender of an individual does not determine how involved or uninvolved a parent will be in their kid’s life. There’s nothing fundamentally flawed, wrong, or genetically predetermined in a father that makes them less likely to change a diaper, feed a baby, or any other task that comes along with parenthood. That is all entirely something we’ve taught or selves to expect (or rather, in some cases, not expect).

They Have To Learn How To Be A Parent; Moms Just “Know” How

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The idea that a woman is always a mother without a baby (until she has a baby), but a man is just a man who has to learn how to be a parent, is laughable at best. I don’t know about you, but I definitely had to learn how to be a mom. In fact, I’m still learning. While there are some maternal instincts at play, I’m still filled with doubt, making plenty of mistakes and relying on the knowledge and wisdom of others. My partner isn’t any less knowledgeable about parenthood than I am, and even if he was, it wouldn’t be because of his gender.Chance to be a Dad - 2015

They’re Not As Emotional

I’m still shocked that this fallacious idea about men still exists. I mean, haven’t you all seen the crying Jordan meme?! Men are just as capable of experiencing feelings as women, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve witnessed my partner become emotional, whether it was during the birth of our son, taking him to the hospital, the first time he walked, and numerous moments in between.

If you haven’t seen your male partner cry or express emotions, it’s not because he doesn’t feel them. It’s more likely because our society has convinced men that certain emotions make them weak (or maybe he, as a single individual, just isn’t prone to showing emotions in an outwardly visible way, a characteristic that shouldn’t be broadly applied to men as a whole). Many individuals who identify as male are conditioned to suppress their emotions for fear they will be judged. The feelings are there, they’ve just been taught not to express them.fathersrightsmovement4

They’re Inept Mistake-Makers

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Unfortunately, it seems that our culture loves making fun of fathers and their perceived/imagined/projected/created ineptitude about parenting. You’ll hear someone say, “Oh my, looks like dad dressed the baby!” or see a picture of a disheveled house and a wayward kid, with a caption like, “This is what happens when dad is in charge.” Can it be funny? Sure, I guess? Humor is subjective, and all that jazz. But it’s all mostly just a backhanded way of saying that dads have no idea what they’re doing ever, and they’re pathetic in their attempts to parent. Not only does it downplay a father’s role, it simultaneously shifts responsibility — not to mention, ability — solely on the mother. Plus, it’s not like mothers never, ever make mistakes.
They Need To Be Trained

Dads are people, not dogs. Most, if not all, parents need training in one form or another: Moms-to-be go to birthing classes so they can prepare their minds and bodies for birth; Many women are counseled by a lactation consultant so they can learn how to successfully breastfeed; Parents are trained in how to properly secure a car seat, how to give a baby CPR, and how to take care of a rash… Everyone is learning, not just fathers.

Engaged Fathers Are Playing “Mr. Mom”

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Engaged fathers are being engaged fathers, just like engaged mothers are being engaged mothers. Not only is the “Mr. Mom” title offensive, it reinforces outdated gender stereotypes where the woman is the primary parent and the man goes out into the world to make money and do manly, worldly things. Enough already.

They’re Secondary Parents

Thanks to a misogynistic culture that has created a set of behaviors used to reinforce or define gender, men are still considered “less than” parents. If a child only has one involved parent, it’s best that it’s the mother (because they need their mother more than they need their father). But the truth is, according to CNN and Pew Reserach Center, “The number of stay-at-home dads has doubled since 1989, to 2 million in 2012. Single-father homes are also on the rise: 8% of homes are now headed by a single father, up from 1% in 1960.”

Because of this cultural shift, a study conducted by the Scientists from Bar Ilan University in Israel shows that, “brains of dads who are highly engaged in their infants’ lives are activated in the same way mothers’ brains are during pregnancy.”

Basically, if two people are equally engaged in their kid’s life, there’s no such thing as a “secondary parent.”

They’re Brave or “Amazing” If They’re Involved

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When we constantly praise fathers for doing what can only be described as normal parenting behavior, we’re reinforcing the idea that being a parent is more of the mother’s job than it is the father’s. The dad is “just helping,” and wow! How kind of him to lend a hand!

No.

While it’s healthy to thank your partner for tag-teaming parenthood with you, there’s no need to constantly (or publicly) praise a dad for simply being a dad.

Their Love Is Secondary

Caring fathers do not love their kid less than a mother does, especially not just because they’re a father. A father doesn’t have some love-blocker hidden away in his DNA that forces him to disconnect with his kids. Someone’s gender doesn’t dictate how they love or how much love they have to give. If a father isn’t involved or as caring, it’s because he’s making that choice (along with many other factors, because life is complicated and it’s difficult to know exactly why people do what they do), not because he’s genetically wired to care less.

As a mother, I’ve admittedly grown tired of the conversation surrounding or describing fatherhood; so, I can’t imagine how you fellas feel. We’ve become so accustomed to talking about fathers as secondary parents. We praise them for doing even things that are the most basic as far as what is

Source: 10 Things We Need To Stop Saying About Dads Immediately | RomperWith out a father - 2015

Who Stands Up For Fathers’ Rights

GOOD MOMS STAND UP FOR FATHERS’ RIGHTS

Get the help you need bio mom - 2015…due to its value to our children and society.

Fathers have become undervalued, family structure has become disposable, children suffer without both parents but so often father is left out, seen as nonessential.

Let’s correct this by bringing attention to it!

We’re happy to populate the Internet with information that is helpful, supportive, and conducive to fostering  father-child relationships, reducing or eliminating Parental Alienation, for the betterment of our children’s psychological and emotional health, and for the future health of our families and societies.real-dads-embracing-non-violence

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The Fathers’ Rights Movement

“Only real monsters keep children away from their fathers.”FRM USA - 2015

I was shocked to discover that what my ex-wife did is a common abuse of Family Law across America with children being the real victims.
 

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.

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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.

Enforce Visitation NOT Child Support - 2016Mostly 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 isJason 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.

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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.cropped-fr-google-community-pic-2015.png

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, National Fatherhood Initiative, National Center for Health Statistics, Pew Research Center, Dr. Linda Nielsen

Kids Need Fathers NOT Visitors - 2016


children4justice -Equality Not an Issue - 2016Original YouTube videos: “Carol Rhodes exposes the corrupt child support agencies,” by rrpedersen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOC58c
“Carol Rhodes Former FOC Enforcement Officer,” by dandiebolt
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8M7cEi
“Carol Rhodes Author of FOC Enemy of the Family,” by darricksf

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6olR6
Marsha Maines, Family Rights Activist Parts 1 & 2, by markyoung12
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgxEmX
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mO3kKo
Stephen Baskerville Discusses Deadbeat Dad Pizza Box Issue, by acfusa
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CFT1s
[Les Miserables] – 10th anniversary Work Song, by mistyaho
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdRJTr
[Les Miserables] 10th anniversary – Look Down, by mistyaho
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPZSZg

Websites on Title IV-D/equal parenting to consider:
http://www.achildsright.typepad.com/a
http://www.daddy.typepad.com/
http://mkg4583.wordpress.com/category

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.

Fatherless Stats

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]

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Men and Women Should Be Treated Equally in Family Courts

At bare minimum, they are raising the profile of an issue that will not go away: the crying need of non-custodial parents, especially fathers, to know their children.Father's Day Message from PAAO - 6-2015

Across U.S., Non-Custodial Parents Suefamilycourt25242b2FAMILY LAW REFORM MUST BE ELECTION TOPIC IN 2016

At least 28 federal class action suits in 28 states have been filed in the last two weeks on behalf of non-custodial parents (NCPs). The defendants are the individual states.dysfunctional-family-courts-2015

The plaintiffs claim to represent an estimated 25 million non-custodial parents — primarily fathers — whose right to equal custody of minor children in situations of dispute is allegedly being violated by family courts across the nation.

Family law is traditionally a state matter, but the federal government has assumed greater control in the area over the last few decades. Thus, the plaintiffs are appealing to the Constitution, U.S. Supreme Court precedent and acts of Congress “to vindicate and restore their various inalienable rights.”vindicate-the-violated-2015

In short, federal law is being asked to trump state practice in custody matters.

According to the suits, state practices appear to be “willful, reckless, and/or negligent fraud, deceit, collusion, and/or abuse of powers” with a “systematic pattern of obstructing, hindering, and/or otherwise thwarting the rightful and lawful conclusion of due process” of non-custodial parents in child custody proceedings.

In particular, fathers protest the widespread practice of almost automatically granting sole custody to mothers in divorce disputes.VoteFamily-US -- 2015

The 28-plus class action suits are identical, as any future suits will be. The ultimate goal is for every state and U.S. possession to be represented in one large consolidated action. Indeed, Torm L. Howse — president of the Indiana Civil Rights Council and coordinator of the suits — says that paperwork is under way for submission to the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, a legal body which has the authority to transfer such multiple civil cases to a single district court.

If this happens, every single non-custodial parent in America will be represented by the class action suit, which is nothing more than a lawsuit brought by one person or a small group on behalf of an entire class who shares a grievance.ef30fc772582fa1e26f2e864fb9f27261

What specific relief is being sought?

The sweeping legal goals are spelled out in a press release. The main relief sought from federal court is the immediate “restoration/elevation to equal custodial status” of all current non-custodial parents against whom no allegations of abuse or neglect have been proven and who have an ongoing relationship with the child.

The establishment of equal custody embraces several other reliefs.

For example, the “prohibition of custodial move-aways of minor children [more than 60 miles] from their original physical residences with natural parents.” Also, the “abolishment of forced/court-ordered child support in most cases.” Support of the child would be borne by each parent during their own parenting time.

The Plaintiffs argue for restoration of equal custody not merely for the sake of non-custodial parents but also for children’s welfare. The press release cites a much-touted study entitled “Child Adjustment in Joint-Custody Versus Sole-Custody Arrangements,” which was published in the APA’s Journal of Family Psychology. The study concluded, “Children in joint physical or legal custody were better adjusted than children in sole-custody settings, but no different from those in intact families.”

In this sense, the suits also advocate children’s rights.broken parents

Other reliefs being sought are financial in nature; some of them take the suits into murky areas. For example, the suits ask for “reimbursement” from custodial parents to non-custodial parents of any state-ordered child support that exceeded the “maximum limits of federal law.” This ceases to be an appeal to constitutional or parental rights and instead pits one set of civil law against another, with retroactive penalties being imposed.

In addition, the suits ask for “various damages against the Defendant [the state named] in the aggregate value of $1,000,000 payable per Plaintiff.” The court awards would be “executable upon all monies, property, chattels, assets, goods, pecuniary interest and anything whatsoever of any value” owned or controlled by the State. The suits request that “an appropriate portion” of the award be provided by the liquidation or direct transfer of title of “unused, abandoned, or unnecessary state property and assets.”

The number of non-custodial parent plaintiffs who sign on to a federal class action cannot be predicted but it could run into millions; the collective damages could run into billions or even trillions of dollars. Unfortunately, this gives the appearance of pursuing profit rather than justice.

When asked to elaborate on the amount of damages, Howse clarified, “We are preparing, later this week, to offer proposed settlements that will waive the vast majority of damages, among other things, in exchange for a quick restoral of equal custody rights, a few forms of tax abatements/credits to balance what custodial parents have enjoyed for years and some other basic and related issues, like the setting up of neutral visitation exchange centers, and the like.”

He added, “It has never been about winning large amounts of money from the states … It’s about restoring the lives of our children, and restoring our own lives.”

I genuinely hope the settlements come to pass. Stripped of their financial demands, the suits could go a long way toward removing what I believe to be the worst laws governing child custody in disputed divorce.

At bare minimum, they are raising the profile of an issue that will not go away: the crying need of non-custodial parents, especially fathers, to know their children.

And the equal need of children to embrace both parents.

Wendy McElroy is the editor of ifeminists.com and a research fellow for The Independent Institute in Oakland, Calif. She is the author and editor of many books and articles, including the new book, “Liberty for Women: Freedom and Feminism in the 21st Century” (Ivan R. Dee/Independent Institute, 2002). She lives with her husband in Canada.

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