APA Recognized, Candidate backed: Time with kids better than $$
In a 2002 publication of the American Psychological Association (APA) entitled CHILDREN LIKELY TO BE BETTER ADJUSTED IN JOINT VS SOLE CUSTODY ARRANGEMENTS IN MOST CASES, ACCORDING TO REVIEW OF RESEARCH the APA recognizes that, contrary to cultural belief, children of divorce "need to spend substantial time with both parents, especially with their fathers". The APA even goes on substantiate this cultural misperception: "Unfortunately a perception exists that joint custody is more harmful because it exposes children to ongoing parental conflict. In fact, the studies in this review found that sole-custody parents reported higher levels of conflict." And recognize this article is just that: a review of what studies are trying to tell us.
Meanwhile the State of Utah spends far more money enforcing orders of what's - at least misguidedly (if not deceptively) - called "child support" than it does enforcing orders of what frighteningly little parent time is typically awarded the "noncustodial" parent [see USC 30-3-35.5, and USC 30-3-35]. How important is this time with the parent raped of their constitutional rights to equal treatment and due process by the divorce system that forcibly made them noncustodial compared to their money you ask... the APA in answering this question boldly states in the very same article:
Living Situation Not As Influential As Time Spent With Parent
If you're fortunate enough not to have had these experiences yourself, imagine if you will the following scenario:
You and your spouse conceive and raise two beautiful children. After the eldest turns eight however you're told that you must appear in court to determine whether you can continue raising them. You assume this must be a mistake and come to court to find not even a real judge but someone called a "commissioner". You find yourself having to convince her how you're more than fit to raise your children only to hear that she was no longer going to let you raise your children because in her opinion there's better parents (parents who aren't of your faith but oddly are of the same faith as the commissioner) for raising your children. That from this day forward you'd only be able to visit your children every other weekend and maybe one evening a week and you'd also have to give a substantial amount of your income to these other parents for this benefit to your children.
Imagine this. It can happen to you.
Imagine how your children would feel not being able to see you every day any more. Imagine how they'd feel seeing you treated like how criminals are treated because of the financial incentives for what's frequently called "liar's court" where that's often all that's needed to seal your fate in a system that's already quite biased with maternal preference. Imagine this. It could happen to anyone unless people demand no less than due process by the divorce system.
It's about how our divorce courts work and what "child support" amounts to: involuntary servitude. It's income redistribution enforced against your will by threat of harassment, losing your drivers license and ultimately jail time, for having had children who'd - as research is showing - at least probably would be better off with spending half their time with you. While the courts says these payments can't be linked to parent time, how are you to see your children if you're in jail?? And how sadly few people speak out to recognize the value of this time or the clear offset it means to the expenses of the "custodial" parent. Otherwise, we wouldn't have this situation. But we do.
Learn more at the Utah Fathers Rights Meetup Group. Unite to prevent this from continuing to happen to anyone. Our children deserve better: they deserve equal time with both fit parents and deserve no less than both their parent's being treated equally - regardless of their gender.
And some politicians are beginning to see through the false myths perpetuated by misandrous feminists and the Goliath self-serving divorce industry. On April 17th, 2007 at 7pm in the University of Utah Social and Behavioral Sciences auditorium, Utahn's sincerely interested in knowing more about this will have the exciting opportunity to attend a free speech by Dr. Mark Klein who is "testing the waters" for the 2008 GOP nomination for the President of the United States of America who is - among other things - pressing for the Equal Custody Act and explains:
I am so concerned about the heartless destruction of stable, affordable American middle class family life, that I am "testing the waters" for the 2008 GOP nomination. I believe that the first policy considerations of any administration should be about the enhancement of family stability and the affordability of middle class life.
More information about the Dr. Klein speech is also available from the Utah Fathers Rights Meetup Group as well as numerous other sites on the web including the website for the Men and Fathers for Justice organization.
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