Years ago, men were not treated equally when it came to child custody. However, times have changed and the courts’ decisions today clearly reflect that. Nowadays, marital disputes are settled with the best interests of the child in mind. Fathers in the Clarksville area should keep this in mind if they are currently seeking custody rights.
Fathers’ rights need to be exercised because children benefit when they have the support of both parents. A mother and father can often take on differing roles, both of which can affect the growth and development of their children.
According to the statistics provided by the Fathers’ Rights Foundation, 71 percent of high school dropouts and 63 percent of young people who have committed suicide came from homes without fathers. The data also suggests that the absence of the father can lead to problems such as drug and alcohol abuse and troubles with the law.
Recently, a program was founded in Ohio that focuses on this particular issue. The program aims to promote good parenting and protect fathers’ rights; the principles of the program can apply anywhere in the U.S., including in Tennessee.
Many of the fathers in a divorce situation have a hard time finding a job. A program named “Daddys@Work” has helped fathers in a similar situation stay on track. The first aim of the program is to provide jobs for the fathers with the help of local industries. The fathers have an opportunity to retrain, which helps them to land a good job.
Through the program, fathers receive guidance in how to deal with their child support issues. The program also enables fathers to pay child support because they are working again. This can improve their odds of regaining visitation rights with their children.
Fathers should continue to fight for their rights because their children need them. If the father is not sure about how to proceed, it is a good idea to consult an attorney who can give sound, appropriate advice.
Source: LimaOhio.com, “Program to put ‘daddy’ back to work, in child’s life,” Beth L. Jokinen, Nov. 30, 2012