Previously published in Examiner
Part 1 of a new series
It takes more to be a father than the biological connection found on a paternal DNA test. Fathers have a very important role in their childrens’ lives. This role includes taking part in their educational, emotional, and spiritual lives. The law is clear that a biological father as determined by paternal DNA testing is responsible for child support but the actual custody of the child might be completely in the hands of the biological mom, especially where divorce or single parenting is concerned. Traditionally the courts have favored the mother for custodial rights and visitation requirements.
However, today’s life styles are changing and slowly the rights of biological fathers in divorce cases are being heard. However, there still is a legal problem where non traditional dads are included in the mix and and Montreal non traditional dads are caught up in then whole mess.
Non-traditional fathers include divorced fathers with visitation or custody rights and divorced fathers who are estranged from their children. However, non-traditional fathers can also be stepfathers, live in or live out boyfriends, men who became fathers through adoption or foster care, stay at home dads, divorced dads, single dads raising children on their own, grandfathers, and dads raising both their own children and children the mother had from a previous relationship.
The possibilities of fathering are limited less. Wherever there is a man taking care of a child that man should have the right to be a father if he wishes to be labeled as one.
To be continued
Montreal sources for Father’s RightsMen`s Legal Defense Fund
4652 Sherbrooke West #3 Montreal H3Z 1G3
Tel: (514) 846-5733
Groupe d’entraide aux pères et soutien à l’enfant (GEPSE) inc.
4272 Papineau, bureau 101
Montréal, Québec H2H 1S9
Tél. 514 527-3166 Email Fax. 514 527-2667
Father’s right group since 1983.m