About Fathers’ Rights
In the past forty to fifty years the numbers of births to unmarried parents have lead to an increased awareness and focus on the fathers of these children. These men are referred to as alleged, presumed, reputed, or putative fathers and many of them are seeking recognition of their legal rights in courts across the nation, and therefore expanding their roles in the upbringing of their children. Many of these fathers have every desire to share in the parenting of their children with the child’s mother, either as unmarried fathers or following their divorce.
The fathers’ rights movement emerged in the West in the 1960s and continues to effect social and political change in America today. In the past family courts across the country preferred to award custody to the mother over a father in a divorce; however, today’s modern courts don’t automatically assume the mother is the better choice and instead give the father equal consideration when making a decision regarding child custody.