THE FATHERS’ RIGHTS MOVEMENT
The Fathers’ Rights Movement is a movement whose members, both men & women, are primarily interested in issues related to family law and child custody.
As a collective movement, we are passionate about empowering fathers to stand up for their rights and to educate the public and family court system about the importance of fathers in society, as well as bring greater awareness to the imbalance and injustice that effects the rights of fathers.
Everyday, fathers are losing their rights and contact with their children due to outdated biases that diminishes the role and influence of a father. We are here in support of fellow fathers and families that suffer from this injustice, to share your stories, to connect you with the proper resources to overcome your blocks, and to inspire our society to address the issues in our family court system that is hindering child development and damaging the family unit.
We aim to collect valuable, helpful resources and tools that will further enable fathers to regain and retain their rights, as well as gather any available data and research that offers greater insight into the importance of fathers and the effect of father-absent homes.
Our mission includes bringing the community of fathers together as a unified social force aimed at restoring society’s ideals of the father and strengthening the connection each father has to their children.
ABOUT THE MOVEMENT
The Fathers’ Rights Movement is a 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 – either after divorce or as unwed fathers. The movement includes women as well as men, often the second wives of divorced fathers or other family members of men who have had some engagement with family law.
Most of the members of the Fathers’ Rights Movement had little prior interest in the law or politics. However, as they felt that their goal of equal shared parenting was being frustrated by the family courts, many took an interest in family law, including child custody and child support.
Since the 1970’s the divorce laws in most western nations recognized fathers as real parents and both parents are financially responsible, was the emergence of custody battles. Before the 1970’s child custody battles were almost unheard of in the United States.
Though it has been described as a social movement, members of the movement believe their actions are better described as part of a civil rights movement. Objections to the characterizations of the movement as a social movement are related to the belief that discrimination against fathers moves beyond the social sciences and originates in government intervention into family life.
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OF CHILDREN GROW UP IN FATHER-ABSENT HOMES
The Father Absence Crisis in the US
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in America live in homes that are absent of their biological father. That’s one out of every three. To grasp how this staggering statistic affects child development, see research findings below:
- MORE LIKELY TO LIVE IN POVERTY
- MORE LIKELY TO BECOME PREGNANT AS A TEEN
- MORE LIKELY TO DROP OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL
- MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER FROM OBESITY