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My rights as a father

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In Florida upon a child's birth to unwed parents the mother obtains all rights to the baby even if the fathers name is on the birth certificate. This needs to change if a fathers name is placed on the birth certificate he should have the same rights as the mother.

I am going through this situation currently and without a length court process I have no rights or say so when it comes to my daughter. I am a good father and have been there for the mother during pregnancy and after the birth of our daughter. There should be no reason the laws are made this way, especially laws that put fathers at a disadvantage.

Help me fight not only for myself but for all good fathers out there that want to spend time with their children. Lets change the custody laws in Florida to be fair and equal to both parents. 

Currently House Bill 1337 has died but its sister bill Senate Bill 590 has passed these bills supported equal time sharing and expedite the process of parents being able to file paperwork and make custody arrangements. There has yet to be a bill that protects a fathers rights and interest without the legal battle or mediation with the child's mother.

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Statistics show that fatherless children are:
43% of US children live without their father [US Department of Census]
90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes. [US D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census]
80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes. [Criminal Justice & Behaviour, Vol 14, pp. 403-26, 1978]
71% of pregnant teenagers lack a father. [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release, Friday, March 26, 1999]
63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes. [US D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census]
85% of children who exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes. [Center for Disease Control]
90% of adolescent repeat arsonists live with only their mother. [Wray Herbert, “Dousing the Kindlers,” Psychology Today, January, 1985, p. 28]
71% of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. [National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools]
75% of adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes. [Rainbows f for all God’s Children]
70% of juveniles in state operated institutions have no father. [US Department of Justice, Special Report, Sept. 1988]
85% of youths in prisons grew up in a fatherless home. [Fulton County Georgia jail populations, Texas Department of Corrections, 1992]
Fatherless boys and girls are: twice as likely to drop out of high school; twice as likely to end up in jail; four times more likely to need help for emotional or behavioral problems. [US D.H.H.S. news release, March 26, 1999]


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