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Our Mission is to support Fathers Rights

Welcome to www.FathersHelpNetwork.org. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Fathers rights and helping Fathers through difficult child custody issues. It's our mission to provide support and a forum to get ample information.

Among the main objectives of the Fathers Help Network is to support Fathers rights by providing Fathers with low-cost legal advice and assistance in seeking legal counsel, books, articles, and other ways to help give insight to legal aspects of child custody. It's important to us that Fathers have assistance even for those who otherwise cannot afford legal help involving custody or visitation rights of their children.

In addition to helping find legal help and providing important resources and information, Fathers Help Network wants to help Fathers and their children through organizing a range of social gatherings, day trips, and other activities where fathers can enjoy time with their children while also having a chance to meet others going through similar situations.

We encourage you to check back soon as new information and resources will be added over the coming weeks. If you would like to receive more information and be notified when this site becomes updated, please email us at contact@fathershelpnetwork.org.

What is the Fathers Rights Movement all about?

Discussion about fathers' rights issues began in the West in the 1960s as changes to divorce laws prompted an examination of the legal rights and responsibilities of fathers and parents in general. During the 1970s fathers' rights organizations began to emerge. The movement has become increasingly vocal, visible and organized, and has played a powerful presence in family law debates. Some commentators see the rise of the movement as a 'backlash' to increasing female power in the family and in society, and the consequent challenge to men's traditional roles and authority. In this view, the movement is seen as part of a 'gender war' between the sexes. Other commentators propose a more complex analysis that sees several interrelated trends as leading to the growing prominence of the fathers rights movement. They suggest that shifting household demographics, including greater fragmentation of families through the decline in marriage and rising divorce/separation rates, have increased the fragility of men's relationships with their children.

Fathers' rights campaigners state that parenting time should be used indiscriminately to replace contact, visitation and residence. The term visitation is particularly objectionable to fathers' rights activists, who believe that this term reinforces the idea that only one parent raises the children. It is perceived that there is a stigma associated with treating one parent as resident and the other as non-resident. The use of the terms absent parent, putative father, and non-custodial parent have also been challenged.

With the evolution of fathers rights, and the dynamics in the legal discourse, Fathers Help Network wants to be a voice to propell fathers rights further into the mainstream, and help fathers solidify the rights they deserve.