chapter  8
16 Pages

The Legal Rights of Fathers in the U.S.

ByRobert E. Salt

It is ironic considering the amount of power American men allegedly possess, to see the discriminatory practices against men in American family law . For centuries, fathers dominated their fami­ l ies in Western Europe and then in the United States. The twentieth century. though . has seen American males relegated to second class citizens when it comes to disputes over their children. Despite the gains achieved by men during the past fifteen years , fathers are stil l discriminated against i n almost a l l areas of family law: paternity cases. rights of unwed fathers , custody decisions and support allocations.