The Fathers' Rights Movement
The Fathers’ Rights Movement is a group of men and women who are committed to helping loving fathers enjoy their full rights and responsibilities, as well as helping children have their fathers in their lives. We strongly support and advocate the rebuttable presumption of 50/50 shared parenting. It is easy to blame ex-wives for the bias against fathers. The problems, however, run far deeper and are in many ways societal. Before the 1970’s, sole child custody was almost universally — and automatically — granted to the mother, especially for young children still in what were called the “tender years.” A father’s contribution to his children’s lives was thought to be largely financial. In the United States, child custody battles were virtually unheard of. Mothers got the benefit of any doubt.
The Fathers’ Rights Movement’s primary goal is to educate society on the importance of the rebuttable presumption of 50-50 Shared Parenting by raising awareness about the imbalances and injustices within the system of Family Law, which will empower fathers to exercise their full rights and responsibilities leading to the betterment of our childrens’ lives.
Our aim is, in a word, change. We want to change thinking. We want to change behavior. And we want to change the legal and societal assumptions about fathers that have been prevalent for more than half a century.
News & Updates
By Robert Gregory Before I could be a Father, I was forced to be a litigant. On a bitter cold morning in early 2013, I hadn’t yet so much as held my newborn daughter when a process server was at my doorstep, shoving a protective order into my hands. Suddenly, what I’d assumed was my […]
By: Michelle D. Chan, founder and director of California Families Rise Contentious co-parenting relationships and custody disputes can often be emotionally charged and challenging, particularly when one parent is accused of acting in a harmful or detrimental manner towards the other. Ensuring that the best interests and needs of the children are at the forefront […]
At The Fathers’ Rights Movement, our mission is to bring greater awareness to the injustices that many families face within the Family Court system, to empower these families to stand up for their rights, and to educate the public about the importance of fathers in society. We are excited to welcome our new and returning […]
My Grandfather Realized The Power Of Forgiveness During His Last Hour. This Doesn’t Have To Be You. By Mark Winkler Reprinted From Blavity News In the fall of 1992, I sat in a hospital with my father, my older brother and my grandfather. My grandfather was lying quietly, in the hospital bed as has he […]
By Mark Winkler One day soon my 13-year-old daughter will come to me and asked the big question, “Can I go out with my friend‘?” Let’s be clear, she will be asking if she can start dating. For many parents, including myself, that is a moment that we wish we could somehow stall until we […]
Over the past few years, we’ve heard the term millennials frequently thrown about. Often when we hear it, it’s used by prior generations—Baby Boomers and Generation X— almost as a pejorative. From casual conversation to mainstream news media, Millennials are characterized as the source of many ills in this nation. They have been labeled disruptive, too unconventional, […]
Fatherhood and Masculinity “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” –Frederick Douglass I love this quote. Every time I read it, I am reminded of all the broken or incomplete men I’ve encountered during my life, including myself at one time, because of something I call Radicalized Masculinity – the distorted […]
THE SCOURGE OF ABSENT FATHERS
There is a father-absence crisis in America. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children live in homes without a biological, step or adoptive father. This is a problem not only for those children, but also for society at large. Consider these eye-popping statistics — a child in a father-absent home is:
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The contribution of fathers to children’s lives is much, much more than financial.
The Fathers’ Rights Movement is about much more than ideas. We are about action. Every year we sponsor conventions, rallies and other events all around the country. Check out this schedule, find an event that appeals to you and come join us.