Thursday, March 23, 2006

Societal Shift in Role of Fathers

Societal Shift in Role of Fathers

This is the latest article from Wendy McElroy.

Excerpts:

On March 28, the New York State Assembly's Children & Families Committee is scheduled to hear Bill A330 on shared parenting. The bill seeks to establish "the presumption in matrimonial proceedings for awarding shared parenting of minor children in the absence of an allegation that shared parenting would be detrimental to the best interests of the child."

In short, a parent seeking sole custody (most commonly the mother) would assume the legal burden of proving why a shared arrangement would harm the child.

Father's rights advocates view New York as "a battleground state" not only because of the influence its policies exert but also because New York is one of the few states to resist a national trend toward statutes favoring joint custody.

Because A330 is vehemently opposed by mainstream feminist organizations like the New York Chapter of the National Organization for Women, the bill's hearing may become raucous. But, given that almost three dozen State Assembly members have endorsed the bill as sponsors or co-sponsors, A330 stands a good chance of passing.

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2 Comments:

Blogger FLC said...

Shared custody is a step towards equality for non-custodial parents.

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is about time NY is doing something in the right direction for the best interest of the children. It is ashame that a "father" is stripped of all rights of being able to see and be with his children, but are required to pay for everything in the upbringing of them. In the long run, the children recent the mother for depriving them of their father. By the time they realize what has happened, the father has been driven so far away from a relationship with his kids, that the children will also suffer from not being able to reconnect to their father. It is very hard for a father to hold on to a relationship with his children until the children realize that they are missing out on a relationship that they really and truely need. So many times the father ends up giving up on trying to preserve a relationship, that they end up trying to put the children out of their minds and move on without them. It is the easy way out, but he children are the ones that suffer the most.

7:52 AM  

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