A few weeks ago, I blogged about an oped article in the Washington Post, where David Levy, CEO of the Children’s Rights Council advocates the presumption of joint custody and posits that “sole-custody court battles often drive mothers and fathers, pardon the expression, “nuts,”.
Again in a bitter contested divorce and custody case where the custody was granted to the mom, and subsequently mom disappeared leaving the children behind, the dad (a Linux visionary) after a six month trial has been found guilty of murder (no body, no crime scene, no reliable eyewitnesses, and virtually no physical evidence).
We will probably never know what really happened, but would things have been different if joint custody had been granted?????
READ THE STORY HERE
The story on 20/20 (three videos follow)
Father-absence associated with divorce and sole maternal custody, is the primary predictor of a host of societal ills affecting and destroying children (tons of data in support of this in attached article). In some countries like the US, evidence has shown that monetary incentives provided by the federal government to the states has worked when it comes to ensuring child support payments. Unfortunately, this system has led to the creation of the divorce industry, where a whole host of governmental organisations and NGO’s work hand in hand to get a piece of the pie, paying little heed to the fact that they are destroying society by their high handedness.
What is needed is to use the same idea to promote and incentivize other desired behaviors like visitation by fathers, promotion of marriages, promotion of father involvement, presumption of joint custody.
If this is really all about the children, then a father’s wallet can no longer be a substitute for his presence.
STATEMENT 1 BY BILL WOOD AND JAY GELL TO THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE
STATEMENT 2 BY BILL WOOD TO THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE
Posted in child abuse, child custody, child rights, divorce, fatherless society, fathers, gender bias
Tagged bill wood, divorce, divorce industry, families, fatherlessness, jay gell, joint custody, marriage, monetary incentives, visitation, ways and means committee