By Richard Thomas
Board Member, Illinois Fathers
This Father's Day, cherish the moments you have with your children. Now is the time to reach out to fathers who are unjustly kept from their children and remind them that although judges can take their kids away, judges can never take your children out of your heart.
During divorce or separation, family courts routinely designate one parent as the custodial parent and one parent as a non-custodial parent.
We have seen firsthand the psychological, social and emotional havoc wreaked on children by family courts, which routinely "award" non-custodial parents very little parenting time with their children.
We simply can no longer ignore the impact on children who are not having substantial contact with BOTH parents. This child that witnesses the court grant such measly time towards visitation is left hurt and wondering. Is bonding not important?
When a child grows up without constant, substantial contact with the non-custodial parent (mostly fathers) the consequences are serious and life altering.