Tag: Laws



Using DNA To Exonerate Paternity Fraud Victims From Child Support

A Texas bill could help exonerate men from their duty to pay child support in circumstances involving mistaken paternity and paternity fraud. If the alleged father can prove through DNA testing that the child he is ordered to pay support for is not biologically his, then he would be released from his child support obligation, according to Texas Senate Bill 785. The bill was passed...

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Ohio Sued Over Alleged Child Support Overpayments

In a stand for father’s rights, Ohio is being sued over claims that the state has over collected more than $176 million in child support payments in violation of state statutes and federal regulations. The class action lawsuit against Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) alleges the over collection of payments was wrongfully taken from more than 114,000 child support payers, the majority...

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Legalizing Misandry: How It’s Becoming Institutionalized

Dr. Katherine Young and Dr. Paul Nathanson have published a series of books on misandry, the hatred of men, and unless the way society changes how it treats men they may be writing about misandry for a long time. “If you take a close look at the writings on both misogyny and misandry, it looks very much like warfare out there,” Young said. “It doesn’t...

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Status of Shared Parenting Bills

Across the nation, pivotal family law reform bills are currently before state legislatures. Most bills deal with equally shared parenting, along with a few addressing visitation interference and temporary custody orders. Many interested parties, including the mens divorce attorneys at Cordell & Cordell, are paying attention to these bills in anticipation of much needed change. The American Coalition for Fathers and Children distributes an e-newsletter...

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How Long Does a Father Have To File For Paternity?

When does a biological father have to file paternity for his child? While the presumption is that paternity should be filed in the first two years after a child’s birth, there are exceptions to that rule, as explained by the divorce lawyers for men at Cordell & Cordell.



The Challenges Facing Fathers

False allegations of abuse. An increasing number of children being born out of wedlock. Unfair child support guidelines. These are just some of the most troubling issues men and fathers face in today’s society, according to Dr. Gordon Finley, a professor of psychology at Florida International University who researches fatherhood and divorce. Finley’s work has been featured in more than 100 publications. He spoke with...

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Research Supports Shared Parenting Legislation

Shared parenting legislation is making its mark across the country with at least half a dozen states considering bills that would implement equal parenting in child custody cases. One reason for the increased awareness is Dr. Linda Nielsen’s report “Shared Parenting: A Review of the Support Research.” Nielsen is a nationally recognized expert on father-daughter relationships, president of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children,...

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Paternity Leave Facts

The Human Rights Watch has come out with a report that in part documents the health and financial impact on American workers of having little or no paid family leave after childbirth, while also showing the inequalities facing fathers when it comes to availability of paternity leave. The 90-page “Failing its Families: Lack of Parental Leave and Work-Family Supports in the U.S.” report describes the...

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Biased State Paternity Laws

Paternity laws are notorious for being unfair toward men as outlined in our series of articles focusing on state laws that are particular harsh toward men. We’ve already examined Illinois laws, where without a court order regarding custody or visitation, a father has no legal right to see his child though he is responsible to provide financial support to the child. In Texas, the laws...

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Illinois Unfair Paternity Laws

The Men’s Rights series of articles focusing on state laws that are particularly harsh on men and fathers brings us to Illinois. The paternity laws in Illinois are definitely skewed in favor of the mother.  Even if a father signs a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity, which is an acknowledgement that he is the legal father of the child, the acknowledgement form specifically states that it...

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