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Aug 12, 2011

Edward Kruk child custodyEdward Kruk, an associate professor of social work at the University of British Columbia, has been studying the changing role of fathers and the problems of father absence for 30 years.

His latest book, "Divorced Fathers: Children’s Needs and Parental Responsibilities," illuminates the tragic toll on fathers first removed from their children's lives by a biased legal system, and then unsupported by a social services network that is almost wholly indifferent to fathers rights and feelings.

Kruk talked with editor Matt Allen about the lasting effects, including parental alienation, sole child custody decisions have on fathers and why he calls this crisis of the absence of fathers "one of the most significant and powerful trends of this generation."

(Read related article: "A Proposed Solution For How Child Custody Is Decided")

Aug 10, 2011

child custody bookBy Matt Allen


William E. Brooks turned his nightmare of a child custody situation into an aptly named book that described his role as a father to two small boys ripped away from him: "My Life In Exile."

His experience with a system devoid of father’s rights pushed him out of his children’s lives and nearly ruined his subsequent marriage. His goal now is to raise awareness of the inequality of the child custody.

"Those unaware of this terrible problem need to be made aware. Those suffering at the hands of this system need to be encouraged to fight for change knowing they are not alone,” Brooks said. "My hope is that my sons never have to endure the pain and suffering I had to endure as a father and that their children never have to suffer as they did when they were young and innocent."

Below, read Brooks' divorce article about the flawed family court system and why a logical shared parenting arrangement would work.

Aug 03, 2011

Edward Kruk child custodyBy Robert Ferrer

Archivist and Researcher, University of Illinois

In my previous divorce article, I examined Professor Edward Kruk's most recent study, which in part called for the overhaul of the system used to determine child custody.

"Divorced Fathers: Children’s Needs and Parental Responsibilities" not only proves wrong myths about fathers – such as dads only want more parenting time to reduce financial obligations – but also advocates for active parenting from both parents post-divorce.

However, the system currently in place is "rooted in a framework of child custody determination that removes one parent as a primary caregiver, limits parenting options within a sole custody model and discriminates against children of divorce while perpetuating an adversarial approach to dispute resolution" (page 11). 

In support of this assertion, Kruk (pictured) proposes a "four-pillar framework" of child custody determination (pages 96-101).

Aug 02, 2011

divorce rights for menBy Robert Ferrer

Archivist and Researcher, University of Illinois

I was going to continue my inquiry into current myths about children, fathers and divorce, but while on vacation I read the latest book by Professor Edward Kruk, "Divorced Fathers: Children’s Needs and Parental Responsibilities."

The results of his most recent study published in his book affirm much of what I postulated in my article, "The Urgency of Reform." I found his study most fascinating and would like to share with you some of his findings on divorce rights for men.

The key theme of the book is discontinuity. Kruk is referring to significant discrepancies in how the court views things and the reality of its rulings. 

Kruk also sees significant discrepancies in child custody and caretaking arrangements pre- and post- divorce. (Read related article "A Proposed Solution For How Child Custody Is Decided")

Jul 27, 2011

rights for fathersThe Huffington Post, one of the world’s most visited websites, has turned to founder Joseph Cordell to be its voice on the struggles men and fathers face in family law courts.

In his first of a series of columns, Cordell writes on about the unlevel playing field facing divorced dads in the family law system.

He explains how after 20 years of experience spent with Cordell & Cordell representing men in domestic relations matters, he couldn’t help but notice the challenges consistently facing one side of the table--the guy's side.

"The father's rights movement isn't an anti-mom or anti-woman movement; it's an anti-unfairness movement," Cordell writes. "It just so happens that moms have most of the power in the family court system in America."

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