Saturday, July 24, 2010

Get Custody, Get Up

In American law there is a presumption of innocence, but not always of paternity. Often the father of the children with a woman to whom he is not married has to struggle to establish his paternity if the couple splits up. Germany has just begun a government-sponsored initiative to provide the right rights for unmarried dads.

Ironically,  a Florida father awarded custody of his boys — the six-year-old and three-year-old twins — just spent his last weekend with them. Unfortunately, he was dead at the time, with the oldest waiting a couple days before letting a neighbor know that his dad "never woke up since he went to bed Friday."

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