Father's Rights Organizations in Texas
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)
Jeffrey M. Leving is a well-known attorney and advocate for father's rights in custody disputes. His advice has helped many disenfranchised fathers.
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