Father’s Rights Movement
All movements tend to arise because a group has felt historically maligned. The same is true of the father’s right movement. Traditionally in the United States, men have had a difficult time when they go to court on custody issues.
For all of the benefits and advantages that men have, they’ve been disfavored in court. The father’s rights movement has sought to shed some light on this issue and to advocate for fairer treatment of men who find themselves trafficked into the criminal justice system.
The movement took flight in the late 1960s, when divorce was on the rise in the United States. Then, fathers advocated for more equitable allocation of custody time. They argued that when couples divorce, courts presume that maternal custody of the child is in the child’s best interest.
The movement has long suggested that while it might be true in some cases that the mother is the best person to take care of the child, this is not true in all cases. With between 40-percent and 50-percent of marriages now ending in divorce, the issues brought to bear by the father’s rights movement are still relevant today.
The movement also advocates for reform on child support legislation. At current, courts are quite willing to award full custody to mothers, giving men few rights of visitation that are actually usable by those men. In addition to that, fathers are often required to pay heavy sums to support the child.
According to men, these child support regulations often fail to take into account the financial realities of the relationship. They also promote divorce, giving women incentives to end the marriage rather than trying to work through any problems that might be present. In general, the father’s right movement is designed to give men a voice in a family law system that has often pushed them aside.