Letter to the editor: Generations lost to 'fatherlessness'
David A. Giles, March 11, 2004, The StarPhoenix, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
T.L. Ells (Many fathers get short end of stick, SP March 3) is correct that fathers do not have to be listed on birth certificates. I am well aware of this, for I was "unacknowledged" on my daughter's birth registration.
Recently, the Supreme Court found that the right of a mother in British Columbia to "unacknowledge" a father on the birth registration is discriminatory under Section 15 of the Charter.
I have raised the issue of my "unacknowledgement" with the Court of Queen's Bench. In a letter dated Dec. 19, 2003, and during arguments and written submissions on Jan. 16, Graeme Mitchell, director of constitutional law for the provincial Justice Department, admitted the law in Saskatchewan that allows a mother to "unacknowledge" a father is unconstitutional. Mitchell asked the court not to render a judgment but instead to allow the legislature to repair the constitutional defect.
Ells is also quite correct to say "everyone assumes that mom has sole custody," for courts award sole custody to the mother in 90 per cent of cases.
The law says that, unless otherwise agreed to by the parties or ordered by the court, both parents are joint legal custodians with equal rights, powers and duties. That is, unless the parents have never lived together after the birth of their child. Then, only the parent with whom the child resides has custody, which is usually the mother.
This law has also been challenged in court as offending the Charter. To date, no decisions have been handed down in these challenges.
Our children deserve better than what is being offered to them. Only with Read More ..ople raising their voices, as Ells has done, will positive change be made for all of our children and grandchildren. We have lost two generations to fatherlessness; can we afford to lose a third?
David A. Giles
Copyright 2004 The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
UK National Survey
Scotland's National Newspaper
5,000 women polled
Half the women said that if they became pregnant by another man but wanted to stay with their partner, they would lie about the baby's real father.
Forty-two per cent would lie about contraception in order to get pregnant, no matter the wishes of their partner.
An indepth look at paternity fraud, men's and children's rights. 10 minutes.
This segment of CBC News: Sunday was on a paternity fraud case in which the husband was ordered to pay child support for 2 children which weren't his biological children.
The article contains info about children's identity fraud at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
December 14, 2002.
Includes interview with employees of Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada who admit they deny children's identity information to husbands/male partners of mothers who want to hide the real identity of their child because they had an affair. The U.N. Convention on the Rights of The Child specifically supports a child's human right to have a relationship with both his/her biological parents. In addition, this article is proof that The Hospital for Sick Children ("Sick Kids") supports paternity fraud.
Further "Sick Kids" supports a mother's rights only, which they view, supersedes 3 other people's rights, namely, the rights of the biological father, the rights of the mother's male partner/husband and the child's identity rights.
Up to one in 25 dads could unknowingly be raising another man's child, UK health researchers estimate.
Increasing use of genetic testing for medical and legal reasons means Read More ..uples are discovering the biological proof of who fathered the child.
The Liverpool John Moores University team reached its estimate based on research findings published between 1950 and 2004.
The study appears in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Professor Mark Bellis and his team said that the implications of so-called paternal discrepancy were huge and largely ignored, even though the incidence was increasing.
In the US, the number of paternity tests increased from 142,000 in 1991 to 310,490 in 2001.
The Daily Mail, UK
18th February 2009
An adulterous Spanish woman who conceived three children with her lover has been ordered to pay £177,000 in 'moral damages' to her husband.
The cuckolded man had believed that the three children were his until a DNA test eventually proved they were fathered by another man.
The husband, who along with the other man cannot be named for legal reasons to protect the children's identities, suspected his second wife may have been unfaithful in 2001.