Randy has a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from U. of Wisconsin and practices his craft at universities and USDA-Agricultural Research Service.
There are organizations in Texas, as well as on the national level and in other states, that help men deal with their rights as parents and also offer counsel to help in custody and visitation battles. Divorces and separations involve a range of domestic, parental responsibility, and financial issues, which are different for every situation. However, there are commonalities that occur and that can be used to help guide fathers in these difficult situations. These organizations muster the available information and are a valuable resource.
The resources provided by these nonprofit organizations help men confront and understand imbalances that have and do occur in court decisions that sometimes discriminate against the father due to misperceptions or other reasons. The specific nonprofit organizations, along with their contact information and offerings, are mentioned below.
Fathers for Equal Rights
This organization is both a resource for individuals and a center for political action regarding legislation in this field of law. There are offices in Dallas, Ft. Worth and a mailing address in Austin (see the addresses and phone numbers below).
The website not only talks about father’s rights, but also balances the provided information with a discussion of parental responsibilities. The site also serves as a source of information to dispel common myths that sometimes prejudice courts and families against fathers. For instance, domestic violence statistics show that anywhere from 34-50% of domestic violence originates from women. Additionally, parental abuse and neglect issues are most often caused by the mother.
The website is called the National Fathers Resource Center. Interested fathers are urged to join the site to access premium features, which costs $50. This premium membership of $50 allows you to take online courses and ask attorneys questions.
There is also a lot of free information on this site. For instance, there is a brief section on representing yourself in court. It also includes sections on current and upcoming legislation regarding parental rights, ideas for family activities and parenting, visitation enforcement and strategies for exercises visitation rights, information about domestic violence, fraud by forgery by spouses, a newsletter from the American Coalition for Fathers and Children regarding calls to action and information about financial problems with credit and mortgages.
Addresses and phone numbers:
P. O. Box 15795
Austin, TX 78761-5795
1500 N. Main St., Suite 120
Ft. Worth, TX 76164
(817) 870-4891 (fax)
701 Commerce St., Suite 302
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 749-4622 (fax)
Lone Star Fatherhood Initiative
This non-profit organization in Austin offers full service legal assistance in family law, including consulting regarding issues relating to father's rights. It has no functional website (although you can be directed to a useless search site called fathers.org), so the best thing to do is to call them and set up an appointment. They give free consultations regarding visitation rights, modifying custody arrangements and many other issues related to divorce. Peer support is also provided. Legal forms can be prepared at reduced cost by legal assistants and attorneys offer free consulting sessions. Below is the address and phone number:
807 Brazos Street
Austin, TX 78701-2517
Poll Regarding Discrimination Against Men
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Rangel on September 19, 2018:
Bexar County- San Antonio, TX
Do Not Vote for Judge Stephani Walsh!
She believes Men should pay child support to moms who do NOT have physical custody of the child!!
She has NO business being in this position!
Diana Zocfic on June 16, 2018:
Mon nom est Diana, je suis ici pour dire un grand merci à Dr Ojudu et ses grands esprits
pour sauver mon mariage. Personne n'aurait cru que moi et mon mari serons jamais
Revenez ensemble en amoureux. Mais ce grand lanceur de sorts nous a unis. Ogudu
Yank est vraiment un lanceur de sort en ligne réel et honnête qui se spécialise sur tous les types de
sorts dont vous pourriez avoir besoin
1) AMOUR D'AMOUR
2) SORTE DE SUCCÈS
3) OBTENEZ MON EX EX SPELL
4) SORT DE MARIAGE
5) SORTE DE PROMOTION
6) SORT DE PROTECTION
7) ARRÊTER UN SORT DE DIVORCE
8) SORT DE CAS DE COUR
9) WAREWOLF / SORTS DE SORCIÈRES
10) SORT D'IMMIGRATION
11) SPELL DE PUISSANCE
12) SPELL DE SEPTATION
13) VOUS GET
13) Sortilège d'Illment tel que:
COMPTE BASSE SPERME,
BONNE / INFERTILITE,
Contactez-le maintenant sur: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 27, 2012:
It is great having something like this. I do think in most cases children should be with their mother but there are rights fathers should have and there are some mothers who should have never given birth.
Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on September 27, 2012:
Very informative hub. My son is going through this now. His wife had an affair and their marriage is over. They have four kids and he is the best father, always spending time with them and playing with them. He is also the disciplinarian. She ignores them and when they come to visit, she doesn't send shoes, toothbrushes and sometimes, she doesn't even send clothes. We have bought those things for them to use at our house but if they go to hers, they won't have any here. He is trying to get custody, but the courts are so slow here. Even her family is helping him.
Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on September 27, 2012:
Randy - I only wish there had been important emphasis on this subject when my dear older brother needed. He was always a good dad and spent every spare moment he was granted with his children. And the times were spent fishing , camping, sleigh riding. Many great memories were implanted and the bond between father and children was forged.
Good thing - his wife successfully petitioned the court and received permission granting her the right to move to Italy with her new husband, who was in the military. She was and still is a good woman and I have a nice relationship with her. But my brother was equally as good a man and Dad. He also always paid child support and then some. I say then some because he didn't feel he deserved a pat on the back, he always stated they are his children and that was what he was supposed to do.
It was a heartbreaking time for my brother but more so for his children. They returned five years later and have grown into wonderfu adults. It just didn't seem like a fair court decision.
I commend you for this hub and I am voting it up. I'm sharing it as well.
Randy McLaughlin (author) from Liberia, Costa Rica on September 27, 2012:
Thanks denisemai! I will research that.
Denise Mai from Idaho on September 27, 2012:
Brilliant topic for fathers and families everywhere. You should do other states, too. How about starting with Idaho? Voted up and sharing on Facebook.