Visitation Rights For Fathers

If you’re reading this with interest, it’s a safe bet you’re having some difficulty with seeing your children on a regular basis. Visitation rights for fathers are not protected in this country in nearly the same way that they are for mothers, and unmarried fathers rights are in even worse shape. There needs to be renewed focus on why father’s rights matter to the family unit and children in particular.

Your situation may look something like this: you’ve planned all week to take your child to a baseball game or the movie, and the “X” won’t cooperate, giving you some lame excuse saying she needs to be out of town that weekend, and that it’s just going to be this one time. You show up at the door, and all you have to show the police after things get nasty is your divorce decree naming the child as yours, saying something like, “The father (You) is entitled to 50% shared- visitation with the mother.” Pretty vague, huh? Scenarios such as this are a daily occurrence throughout this country, leading us to look more and more into why father’s rights matter and what we can do to protect visitation rights for fathers.

Well, it doesn’t have to be this way. A movement to protectvisitation rights for fathers and other topics on why father’s rights matter has begun in this country. More and more people, men and women alike, have gotten involved and have been speaking up around the country, fighting for their rights or for the rights of the men they care about.
One way to protect visitation rights for fathers is to create an ironclad parenting plan. This parenting plan spells out every detail of how and when your visitation will take place. This will be a court conformed document (stamped by the court clerk) that you can show the police if they are ever involved. It is a fact that most divorce decrees hardly address the issue of a really detailed parenting plan. A court ordered document such as this is priceless. Every father should have one. If you don’t, it’s time to get one.

Unmarried fathers rights are in even worse shape than divorced fathers rights at this point in time. Unmarried fathers rights aren’t protected in any way at all in that you have to go to court to even establish yourself as the legal father of your child, and being named on the birth certificate isn’t enough. At least divorced fathers are already presumed to be the father of the children that result from the marriage, where as unmarried fathers aren’t. There is no guarantee of visitation rights for fathers for unmarried fathers and we can only change that by renewing the emphasis in this country on why fathers rights matter.