A Michigan man says he and his ex-wife did not abuse their 2-year-old daughter, who police discovered unconscious at her mother's home. He and his ex-wife had their parental rights temporarily stripped following the incident, but the man says he is dedicated to ensuring he does not lose permanent custody of his other daughter. Though he is listed as the younger girl's legal parent, he claims that he is only the biological father of her 4-year-old sister.
Gold medal Olympic skier Bode Miller hopes to gain custody of two children following his wife's recent miscarriage. The five-time medalist and World Cup-winner has filed two suits against two different women in order to claim paternity and ultimately secure child custody of two children, one of whom has yet to be born.
Would it be beneficial for Michigan children to have more than two parents? Legislation in California to expand legal parenting could provide more resources for kids when families involve more than two adults who care about a child's well-being. The proposal recognizes "extra" parents who are connected to children through same-sex marriages, surrogacy, fertility methods and adoption.
At the beginning of June, legislators in Michigan passed bills which, if signed into law by the governor, would help biological dads assert their fathers' rights to be involved in their children's lives. The bill would be especially helpful in circumstances where the child's mother was married to someone else when the child was born.
Many women in Michigan initiate divorce, and even though both parties may know it's coming, often the person that did not initiate the divorce can feel betrayed. While women are more likely to have a support group to help them through the process, often a man does not and is left to deal with loneliness and feelings of inadequacy on his own.
In Michigan, as well as nationwide, an increasing number of parents are unmarried. It is estimated that approximately four out of 10 children in the U.S. are born to parents who were never wed. In one state, authorities are experimenting with a new specialized court designed to assist unmarried parents with their unique challenges. That includes a heightened focus on fathers' rights.
There is no doubt that some divorces can turn bitter. When children are involved, there are cases when a vengeful parent takes his or her anger at the divorce out on the other parent. A woman is accusing her professional basketball player husband of being a bad father to their children, but it leads some to wonder if she is acting purely out of selfishness as they move toward divorce.
This year, the film industry seems to have turned a corner and heightened the visibility of single fathers featured as characters in major motion pictures. Perhaps the changing media images will help courts better understand the point of view of men in Michigan who are battling for fathers' rights.
Although custody battles can put a significant strain on parent-child relationships, moms and dads still have a responsibility to maintain a connection with their children. Michigan divorce proceedings can be difficult on some fathers, who often are shut out of their children's lives because of animosity and resentment from their former spouse.
Under the law, Michigan fathers have the same rights to co-parenting as mothers. Often, a father may feel as though these rights have been violated. In some cases, the laws that are upheld in a court are antiquated and no longer relevant to a more modern familial structure. Recently, the Michigan Senate approved four bills that would update an outdated law that may violate a father's rights.