This is a comment by Rick on the post “How the War on ‘Dead-Beat Dads’ is Hurting Co-Parenting Fathers“.
Rick knows personally of a few cases where the courts are starting to be less biased against men in custody battles. The way the tide turned for some? Seeing examples of meth addicts. What have you noticed in custody battles?
As tragic as this situation is, it’s actually better than it used to be. I personally know of three cases years ago where the father raised the kids full time, still paying full child support (translated ransom) for fear that a trip back to court to get custody would just cost more and may result in the mother actually taking the kids in with her and whatever loser/druggie is currently in the picture.
What’s even more surprising is what actually facilitated the change for the better: meth. Dragging a few examples of people no reasonable human being could possibly believe could be responsible for themselves much less a child allowed some of these courts to begin to see beyond the mother=custody paradigm of this rural community.
There is still a long ways to go for sure.
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