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Should every father be granted paternal rights?

Establishing paternity rights can be difficult when a father is not married to the child’s mother. Yet paternity must be established to give the father the rights that he deserves.

The question of paternal rights becomes even more muddled in a situation such as the one a judge recently ruled on in Nebraska. While the events unfolded in a neighboring state, it is important for Missouri residents to pay attention, as the case may set new precedents and be referenced during fathers’ rights battles for years to come. Understandably, it would be hard for any father to comprehend being denied rights to a relationship with his child after hearing about this case.

A judge has granted a man visitation rights to his child after he pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of the child’s mother. The woman stated that most women choose abortion over birthing a child conceived through rape to avoid any further interaction with the child’s other parent.

The mother also testified in support of legislation proposing the termination of parental rights when an individual is convicted of lesser degrees of sexual assault. The man says that he strived to secure visitation rights to his child for the sole purpose of getting to know his daughter. The judge in the case granted the father supervised visitation with the child.

These are not small issues and in cases where paternity must be proven, it’s important to approach the custodial arrangement delicately and with much consideration. In any situation involving custody, it is always important to look out for the best interests of the child.

Source: Omaha World Herald, “Mother of child conceived through rape wants father’s parental rights restricted,” Joe Duggan, Jan. 27, 2014

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