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Father's rights: are they really as difficult as some claim?

Most have long been familiar with the misconceptions surrounding fathers and child support. Partly fueled by popular portrayals in the media, is it true that some fathers receive the shorter end of the stick when it comes to determining plans for a child after divorce? There is much debate over this question, but it is clear that many Tennesseans find flaws in this common process. 

An article in TIME also focused on this concern, taking note that, as of 2011, the number of child support payments made by men to the mothers of children amounted to only 61 percent. However, TIME highlights other statistics that veer away from this negative depiction of fathers and child support. Using a study from the Journal of Marriage and Family, TIME goes on to show that some fathers who struggle financially nevertheless attempt to make contributions such as baby products and school expenses. Many fathers, while unable to pay system-ordered child support, pay for other needs; some provided cash directly to the mothers of their children. On the surface, fathers can appear lackluster in their contributions, but TIME points out that giving support directly to children instead of through the court provides satisfaction, strengthens bonds and allows for direct recognition from the children themselves. 

Although many are firm in their stance that fathers face unfairness in family law, some disagree. In 2014, Slate magazine looked at the growing father's rights movement that criticized the country's unfair child custody laws. According to Slate, the last few decades in family law have diverted away from the traditional notion that mothers should be the primary caregivers to children. Instead, many courts look at the best interests of the child. Yet the issue is not so simple; Slate coincides with TIME's article in revealing the unfairness not toward men, but toward those with lower incomes. Wealthier men have better chances of winning child custody disputes, but poorer men continue to suffer after the economy's plummet and have thus fallen behind on monthly payments. While this issue is a complex one, the real problems seem to lie in financial status, not gender.   




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