It should not come as a surprise to anyone that men can make good parents, that in many cases, they are equal to or even better than women at the task. Even so, in some instances, the prejudices of the past are still at play in favor of women in many family law matters, such as divorce, child custody, adoption and gay rights.
It wouldn't be a stretch to say that one of the most dramatic shifts in the last few decades in family law has been the expansion of fathers' rights. It used to be that fathers were often on the outside looking in when it came to child custody after a divorce, and unmarried fathers had next to no hope at all for being legally recognized.
For many years, fathers have had difficulty asserting their rights when it comes to child custody issues. The very idea of fathers' rights strikes some as odd; after all, by their logic, dads should devote their primary attention to their careers and leave raising the children to their mother. More and more people are realizing that this notion is an antiquated one. However, there are still pockets of society where men are criticized for devoting their attention to their families at the expense of their jobs.
A recent landmark case from a neighboring state has many New York residents thinking about the rights of fathers in our state. It is an interesting question: should mothers be able to ban fathers from the delivery room and, in doing so, prevent them from being present at their child’s birth?