Men's Rights (2)Parental Rights
As a parent, it is understandable to want to be involved in your child’s life as much as possible. This can include spending time with your child and having the right to make decisions that will affect his or her life. Unfortunately, a parent’s rights can be challenged in some instances, threatening their right to one or more of the following:
- Child custody
- Consenting to medical treatment for the child
- Have property inherited by the child and vice versa
- Approving certain decisions, such as military enlistment
These rights are most often extended to biological parents. Foster parents or legal guardians may also be afforded parental rights in certain circumstances. Obligations can also be included, such as:
- Financial support
- Care and/or supervision
- Legal liabilities for the child’s actions
- Providing a safe living environment
If your parental rights are being threatened, or if you feel that you are being held responsible for things that should not be your responsibility, there are legal options available to you. Any legal disputes regarding parental rights and obligations should immediately be handled by a skilled litigator.
The articles below may help in understanding how parental rights are handled in family law.
Domestic Violence – The Male-Only Myth
Domestic violence is often an uncomfortable subject to discuss. Few people are willing to study the causes, effects, and conditions associated with domestic violence, and even fewer victims are willing or able to speak out about their personal experiences with abuse. As a result, the public’s view of domestic violence is often skewed by unreliable sources, unsubstantiated myths, and unfounded judgment.
It’s easy to see where this myth originated. Statistics do show that men are much more likely than women to be the aggressors in an abusive relationship, for two major reasons. First, men are simply more physically imposing than women. Intimidation is a major factor in most cases of domestic violence.
Second, we live in a culture where men are traditionally dominant and women are traditionally submissive. Although great steps have been taken towards equalizing the male-female relationship in today’s society, a certain misogynist prejudice still exists. This is the “rationale” operating in the minds of many male abusers – the lingering idea that women ought to be subservient and obedient to men.
However, it is important that we realize that the reality of abuse is not gender specific. Though men are more likely to be aggressive, women are just as capable of initiating an abusive relationship. Domestic abuse is more than physical; a pattern of verbal put-downs is present in the vast majority of abusive relationships. Furthermore, statistics have shown an rising trend in abuse in homosexual relationships for both men and women, disproving the idea that abuse must be from husband to wife.
To learn more about the realities of domestic violence, contact San Diego family lawyer from Fischer & Van Thiel today at 858-935-6211.