Problem

Discrimination against men in parental rights

Other Names:
Denial of rights as a parent to men
Denial of paternal custody rights
Prevention of fathers from seeing their children
Prejudicial treatment of divorced fathers
Nature:
Sole custody of children, as practised in most divorce courts, constitutes legal discrimination against men. Few rights are enforced less stringently than the right of a non-custodial parent (usually the father) to visit his children. Unmarried fathers, a growing proportion of the male population, are generally denied the right to contest custody. Fathers of unborn and 'illegitimate' children have even less control over the fate of their offspring than do other fathers. In cases of legal abortion, usually only the rights of prospective mothers, and sometimes the rights of the foetus, are considered.
Counter Claim:
Neither parent should have a superior claim to children but, owing to the fact that mothers have always cared for children and will no doubt continue to do so, they should be given custody.
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 5: Gender Equality
Date of last update
10.06.1999 – 00:00 CEST