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Petitioning New York State Senate

Equality for fathers in the Family Court System

Are you a father or do you know a father who has been discriminated against in the New York State Family Court system? New York State is a "Mother State" as many are. If the courts make the decision about custody conncerning the children they favor the mother. Is this not discriminatioN? How are we as fathers suppossed to have an influence and build relationships with our children based on this minimal time interaction granted by the courts? We as fathers can do anything a mother can do except breast feed. Women fought for equality in the workforce and we are fighting for equality in the home.Many women agree that fathers are discriminated against, if you are a woman and believe this is true and would like to support this petition please sign and show your support.
In New York State if the parties cannot agree on custody or communicate effectively the mother is given sole custody. In many cases limiting or voiding fathers rights altogetehr. Often attorneys for mothers advise them to take this position because New York State will give her sole custody as is the standard practice when parties do not agree.
Most fathers recieve 48 days a year with their children(standard visitation) every other weekend= 27 hours a week.
Statistics show and support that 75% of mothers are awared sole custody. Fathers are awarded sole custody 10% of the time and the remaining 15% have joint custody.
Statistics show that 50% of mothers wish to terminate fathers rights altogether.
40% of mothers admit to interfering with visitation to punish the fathers.
80%of cases do not finish trials due to financial limitations.
80% of fathers in New York pay all the child support, limiting the ability to fight for thier children and manage thier own financial commitments.
The above data is provided by "S.P.A.R.C."
There are many local groups to assist fathers and provide support however they have had little impact or influence to get this discrimination addressed. "Equal rights for fathers" and "Fathers for justice are local groups that are available to us, they are great resources however we need more advocates for change.
It is time that we as fathers stand together and petition the senate/government to change this discrimination against fathers. I have written letters to Governor Cuomo, Senator Robach and Congresswomen Slaughter. If you agree and support this petition please sign it to shoe your support. Even if you anticipate being in the Family Court system in the futrue please support this effort.
Anthony Stadnyk

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