United States Army Drill Sergeant Terry Achane, the father whose wife put up their baby for adoption without his knowledge or approval, has his daughter back.
The reunion came after a Utah court reversed the adoption – much to the disappointment of adoptive parents Jared and Kristi Frei. Twenty-two months ago, the Frei family adopted baby Teleah from an adoption agency. This last Thursday, Teleah was returned to her father.
For now, at least.
A recent letter from England’s Children’s Minister Edward Timpson to the country’s Members of Parliament suggested that divorced fathers should have the legal right to see their kids. A child’s welfare, Timpson argues, is dependent upon shared parenting.
Legal experts called Timpson’s letter unnecessary, saying that the current law already outlines an adequate framework of shared parenting that ensures a child’s welfare.
A father in Canada officially lost custody of his kids last Wednesday, and the “big” reason was his obesity.
The unnamed 38 year old father from Ottawa lost custody of his 5 and 6 year old special needs kids for – among other factors – being 360 pounds. The Royal Ottawa Hospital’s family court ruled that the father’s weight was, according to CANOE, the “key factor,” though his past marijuana use and violent outbursts were also considered.
According to the Superior Court Justice, the father’s “weight loss regime is itself a full-time job. So is parenting two high-needs children. One will inevitably have to give ground to the other.”
Across the pond on Monday, the British government gave its official response to David Norgrove’s Family Justice Review. The review initially irritated father’s rights groups, who found the language excluding fathers in matters of divorce and dispute. The government’s response on Monday was a rejection of Norgrove’s suggestions, which in part, pleased fathers scared to be removed from their children’s lives.
A group of fathers holding a peaceful protest at Israel’s Bar Ilan University were made to leave the scene after the police was called on them.
Outside of the Ninth Annual Conference on “Women, Law and Family in Israel” at the university’s Rackman Center for the Advancement of Women’s Status, the fathers gave out flyers and held up signs that explained their complaints: “A woman is worth no less and no more than a man” and “A man is worth no more and no less than a woman,” read some of the signs.
The real argument was that this conference is seen as biased and anti-father. The conference begins with closed-doors talks by what the fathers say are militant feminists, and only social workers will be in attendance. The feminists support the Tender Years Clause, which automatically awards mothers custody of children in the event of a divorce. The social workers in attendance, the protestors say, will be given only one side of the custody issue – one that supports the automatic custody award to the mother.
Israel is said to be the last country in the world that still enforces the Tender Years Clause.
(If anyone in the UK knows more about this than us or understands it better, feel free to set us straight in the comments!)
David Norgrove, who was chair of the Family Court Review Panel in England and once fought to have grandparents be a part of a child’s life after a divorce, has come out in grand fashion today suggesting that parents not be given equal weight in family courts. Instead, it is the child’s best interest that will be considered – regardless of the “meaningful relationship” that Norgrove himself previously suggested.
One of the particularly odd zings is: “No legislation should be introduced that creates or risks creating the perception that there is a parental right to substantially shared or equal time for both parents.”
In case you’re an Illinois father and on-or-around October 27, felt a blanket of calming warmth over you, Fathers & Families has an explanation of what it was: you were no doubt feeling the security of knowing that you’ll be considered in all matters of custody and child support.
But this doesn’t come without a complicated story where one father was almost pried out of his kids’ lives.