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Single Fathers Rights

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Dr. Reena Sommer

In an earlier article, I provided some historical background information on child custody rights for fathers. To summarize, I explained that until there were changes in the divorce laws, fathers were regarded as merely "Weekend Dads" with little or no regard to their roles in their children lives - except financially. Fortunately, things are now beginning to change in this regard and fathers are now recognized as playing an important role in their children's upbringing.

Unfortunately, the same cannot yet be said about single fathers rights. The truth of the matter is that being a single father seriously disadvantages men who wish to be a part of their child's life when they are not in a relationship with the child's mother. Clearly, the law is not on the side of single fathers who are viewed as less important than single mothers when it comes to childrearing and parenting.

The challenge is - how to overcome this and ensure your single fathers rights? Here are a few tips that may help to address this challenge:

  • If a pregnancy is suspected, then determine the paternity.

  • Once a pregnancy is confirmed and you are certain you are the father, then let the mother know verbally and in writing that you wish to be involved in your child's life even if the relationship between you and the mother breaks down.

  • As early as possible (i.e., during the pregnancy), develop a parenting agreement which clearly spells out your custodial rights including access, support and involvement in the child's life.

  • Inform yourself about parenting and particularly, parenting an infant.

  • If you plan to provide care for your child, then appropriately equip your home and car for that purpose.

  • Do not wait until the child is born to do this. Things have a way of changing once the baby comes.

  • If the baby is already born, attempt to develop a cooperative relationship with the mother and assure her of your commitment to the child financially and otherwise.

  • If you experience resistence, seek legal advice immediately.

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    Dr. Reena Sommer,
    M.Sc. (Family Studies),
    Ph.D.(Psychology & Family Studies)

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    League City, TX. 77573
    Phone: 281.534.3923
    Dr. Reena Sommer


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