If every DAD who has been wronged by the family court system stood together, change for the better would happen. The usually unfair battles are faught in court but the laws are written by the politicians we vote for. At least in Virginia some judges are appointed and reaffirmed by the politicians we vote for. Change can happen if enough people make our voice heard with our elected officials! The more people stand up the better it gets for all Fathers and thier kids and their families.
Site Design Goals:
The internet has many forum style sites for communicating issues but the nature of the forum makes gleaning information difficult. Search engines have become less effective at finding useful information. I hope that information gathered here will help others to survive and change a very bad system.
1. Gathering information on rules of law and guidelines in each state to help fathers defend their right to parent.
2. Gathering reporting methods to report currupt judges, lawyers, councelours, GALs, therapists by state.
3. Create a list of names of voters who would challange the present system by writing their legislators and voting in favor of politicians who support correcting a bad system.
4. Organizing this information in a useful way.
5. Make it easier for Dad's to contact and be heard by their legislator and to promote legislation that repairs or even replaces a damaged system.
How to write your legislator: US House of Representatives guidelines
Look-up your US House of Representatives .
US Senator Look-Up
State legislation is often more important, you can find your state legislative contacts via USA.gov elected official lookup
Report Bad Judges and Lawyers -
If they do a bad job say so. If they break the laws or their standards or conduct and you can prove it report them. Currently information is only available for Virginia because gathering for every state would take substantial time. I hope to have state by state inforation if others help contribute.
How Judges are Removed from Office (United States)
National Center for State Courts- Methods of Judicial Selection -Removal of Judges
State by state explnation of how judges are removed from office.
Gaurdian ad Litems
Standards of Conduct for Gaurdian Ad Litems (GALs)
Report Gaurdian ad Litems and Lawyers who violate rules or laws by filing a "Misconduct Inquiry" to the Virgina State Bar. There is no time constraint for reporting.
If you know how to report in other states please send a link on Media Wiki , the Bulliton Board, Or you can email this site at "contribute" @ this sites name ->VotingDad.Com.
Mental Health Proffesionals
Reporting mental health proffessionals for unethical or illegal conduct to Virginia Department of Health Professions. Complaint Form
Enforcement Division, Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico, VA 23233-1463
Telephone: 1-800-533-1560 or (804) 367-4691
Fax: (804) 527-4424
State Guidelines and related laws for determining custody of a child.
Virginia - "Best Interest of the Child" Family Courts are expected to follow: Code of Virginia: § 20-124.3. Best interests of the child.
Virginia General Assembly consists of a lower 100 member House of Delegates and an upper 40 member house, Senate of Virginia.(wikipedia) Either House can introduce new legislation.
Virginia law making process.
Legislation that could impact child custody in Virginia:
2018 SB 727 FOIA; exemptions for courts of record, courts not of records and Office of the Executive Secretary. Update 02/07/18 Senate: Stricken from Senate calendar (40-Y 0-N)
2018 HB 277 Guardians ad litem for children; report requirements, certification form. Update 02/09/18 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (86-Y 13-N)
2018 HB 278 Compensation guardian ad litem appointed to represent a child; adjustment by the court.
State Related Groups and Websites
The Virginia Father's Rights Moment - Facebook Page
VotingDad.Com - Wiki | VotingDad.Com Bulletin Board | You can email this site at "contribute" @ this sites name ->VotingDad.Com.
DadsDivorce.com with an extensive Forum
The Father's Rights Movement
Dealing with Neglect and Abuse
The United Nations Secretary-General's Study on Violence against Children
(PDF on votingdad.com server)
Parent's guide to New York State Child Abuse and Neglect Laws :: (PDF on votingdad.com server)
Guidance for Effective Discipline
Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health - American Academy of Pediatrics