Many unmarried men in Arkansas and nationally who are in relationships with women have questions regarding their legal rights in the event that a child is born.
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The question of whether family courts are biased against fathers when awarding child custody is one that has caused much soul searching in the field of family law, here in Arkansas and across the nation. Fathers' rights advocates frequently point to statistics that claim fathers are awarded sole physical custody of their kids only 10 percent of the time, and joint physical custody only 20 percent of the time.
Arkansas is one of many states who have recently passed legislation denying parental rights to convicted rapists of any child conceived as result of the rape. The legislation passed unanimously through the Republican-controlled Arkansas House of Representatives this Tuesday, setting the bill up for passage by the Republican-controlled state Senate.
For years, the presumption in an Arkansas divorce was that the mother would get custody of the children and the father would provide financial support and see the kids on weekends. Now, of course, this is no longer (officially) the case. Arkansas child custody law is gender neutral, and courts determine placement based on the best interests of the child.
Missouri lawmakers are considering a bill that would prevent unmarried fathers from intervening to prevent the mother from putting the couple's child up for adoption. The bill has sparked a nationwide discussion surrounding the issue of father's rights.
Every year thousands of Arkansas women experience unplanned pregnancies. In a number of those cases, the women decide that their best option to put the child up for adoption.
When a child is born, it usually quite obvious who the mother is. However, ascertaining the father's identity can be much more difficult, especially when the mother and father are not married to each other.