WHY IS THIS A CRITICAL ISSUE?
Child custody and support laws have become more onerous over the last 50 years due to fewer parents staying together and women becoming equally as capable as men at earning a living outside the home. Instead of reflecting these changes, the laws have lagged behind, continuing to favor mothers over fathers. The laws generally award primary custody to the parent who spent more time at home with the children and less time working, even if the difference was miniscule. The other parent is then ordered to pay a crushing amount of child support, sometimes on top of alimony. In a small percentage of situations, usually where the father was the primary caregiver, this situation is reversed and the laws punish the mother…
Although a few small changes have been made to the laws within the last few years, due to exposure and the efforts of advocacy organizations, there has not been significant progress. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 84 percent of custodial parents are mothers, a figure that has not changed since 1983. This is unfortunate, because Canadian economist Paul Miller analyzed data on families and found that “parental gender is not a…predictor at all of any of the child outcomes examined, that is behavioral, educational or health outcomes.” The children often end up with “Parental Alienation Syndrome,” developing a dislike for the noncustodial parent bought on by the custodial parent.
Rachel Alexander – Townhall.com
WHAT IS G.U.P.I. ABOUT?
The documentary and following discussion seek to dispel pervasive damaging stereotypes, address audience comments, and offer viewpoints and research to back up positive solutions to controversial issues. Questions to be explored include:
- Are there more fathers of divorce or separation who want to support their
children emotionally and financially, or are there more dads who abandon their
children and walk away willfully and uncaringly without looking back?
- How do fathers really feel about their children?
- Should two, good, fit parents, considering divorce or separation, stay
together for the children’s sake?
- What do you think?