A father’s battle, a father’s love
Fri Jan 18, 2008
Griffin is the divorced father of two, and his love for his
children shines through when he talks about them.
“I’m very lucky, I have my son seven days out of 14,”
seen my daughter in about a year and a half. She doesn’t want to
see me,” he said.Parental alienation syndrome, he calls it, when
a child vilifies one parent, sometimes with support from the
other. “Divorce damages
Here they can be themselves. They can tell their stories to sympathetic ears. They can learn how and where to get help from people who have been there before. They can get advice from legal experts, counselors, and even tax professionals, about dealing with their ex-spouses, their children, and the abuse they might be accused of committing, or even the abuse they may be victims of themselves.
Women are encouraged to come to meetings and talk with the men who often see themselves as victims of a legal system that labels them as guilty before their cases are even heard. Wives, girlfriends and even mothers all attended the recent meeting in Manomet. During meetings the group focuses on sharing parental responsibilities with the mothers of their children; they serve as a support group and social networking group for non-custodial parents.
part is important to members,
The Fatherhood Coalition is also advocating for changes in family law and educating its members and the public on the importance of both parents being part of the family.
Bills in both
the state House and Senate would require divorced parents to
share parental responsibilities, unless there is strong evidence
that to do so would be dangerous to the children. A major part
of that is shared parenthood.
The bill, called An Act Relative to Shared Parenting, is co-sponsored by 44 representatives in the House, including Rep. Tom Calter, D-Kingston, who represents three precincts in Plymouth.
the National Library of Medicine, studies show that children
raised by two parents are more likely to do better in school,
and less likely to get involved with drugs and alcohol, less
likely to get into legal trouble, and less likely to be involved
with teen pregnancy.
kids, not about fathers’ rights,”
Plymouth/Cape chapter of the Fatherhood Coalition meets every
other Monday at the Manomet Branch Library. The local group
currently has 91 members and is part of the larger group of
“It’s probably too late
for us, but we’re fighting for the next generation,”