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Fathers' Rights

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A father has the right to:

  • Be involved in his child’s life;
  • Ask for custody of his child;
  • Ask for child support if he is the custodial parent;
  • Participate in his child’s life if he is not the custodial parent, without unfair control or interference from the custodial parent;
  • Foster an ongoing relationship with his child with the child's best interests in mind. This could mean coming to an agreement in which arrangements to share parenting are made between the custodial and non-custodial parent.

According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, approximately 24 million children live absent from their biological father.

A survey of more than 20,000 parents by the National Center of Education Statistics found that when fathers were involved in their children’s education, children were more likely to get high grades, enjoy school and participate in extracurricular activities.

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