Just last week, we wrote on our St. Louis fathers' rights blog about a father who had spent an arduous process of several years and many court battles in an attempt to get back his daughter, whom he said had been improperly adopted when his parental rights were terminated. Now, another man in a similar situation is attempting to assert his fathers' rights in a case involving his daughter, who was adopted without his consent six years ago. The man is now suing several people, including the attorneys involved in the case originally, for $120 million in damages.
Fathers everywhere may have a tough time connecting with their children -- for any number of reasons. When a couple separates, fathers can lose track of their children and sometimes have their parental rights terminated -- even if they are insistent about establishing their paternity rights.
It can be difficult to hold one's tongue during and after a contentious divorce. Fathers in Missouri know that it can be frustrating not to speak out when things aren't going their way -- especially when there are platforms such as Twitter and Facebook that make expressing one's opinions to the world almost effortless. However, the danger of broadcasting your opinions are that people who are the target of your consternation will take offense -- and make it into an even bigger deal.
Fathers' rights can be a delicate issue. Many women involved in paternity or custodial cases would often prefer that the father of their children be around as little as possible. Fathers who want to remain a part of the lives of their children may have to fight to make sure that their rights and obligations as a parent are upheld.
When couples who have children separate, the issue of child custody can be dodgy. Many fathers might feel shut out of the process of raising their kids -- and not by accident. One poll taken recently of recently separated women in the United Kingdom, in fact, finds that about a third of separated moms want to decide on their kids' upbringing on their own, with no input from the children's fathers.
We have discussed many iterations on our blog regarding how fathers might be denied access to their children. Most of these instances, of course, involve divorce and the custody battles that ensue. There are other instances, however, where fathers' rights are seen as secondary to other concerns -- for example, illegal immigration.