Unexpected Support for Divorced Dad’s Rights

More often than not, men get the short end of the stick when it comes to getting time with the kids after a divorce, even if they want equally shared parenting arrangements. Fathers have been speaking out about this issue for years, but courts have been slow to keep up with changing times, continuing to issue “joint custody” orders which leave one parent seeing the kids only a handful of times each month.

Divorced dads have a new ally, though, in the form of Leading Women for Shared Parenting, a new advocacy group. What’s it all about? Star Tribune reporter Gail Rosenblum has the details:

Launched in early May and already claiming a broad spectrum of members across the United States and Canada, a new advocacy group is determined to finally make equally shared parenting a reality.

These aren’t a bunch of guys. Every member is a woman.

Leading Women for Shared Parenting (www.lw4sp.org), founded in May in Massachusetts, will launch officially on Father’s Day. Many members aren’t waiting.

Paulette MacDonald, former president of the Canadian Equal Parenting Council, is throwing a launch party June 11 in Toronto, bringing in experts on family law to speak to the benefits of having mom and dad play equal roles in children’s lives post-divorce.

Members, who include congresswomen on both sides of the aisle, social workers, professors, family lawyers, domestic abuse experts, grandmothers and daughters raised by loving dads, say the only way to finally turn the corner on this long-brewing “fathers’ issue” is for women to step up and fight on their behalf.

Study after study continues to show that, barring circumstances such as abuse, having both parents involved is best for the kids. By supporting efforts to give both parents equal rights, you’re keeping together the support system that every family needs to make sure their children grow up happy, healthy and ready for the world.