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FATHERS FIGHTING FOR FAIRNESS/WEST VIRGINIA. Updated August 7, 1999

This site is dedicated, primarily, to the struggles of all Non-Custodial Parents in West Virginia to achieve Fairness and Equity in the administration of Custody, Child Support and Visitation of minor children in divorce action. While we understand that no two situations are exactly alike, we believe the system currently in place in West Virginia, and throughout the nation, is predominately biased toward the Mother with regards to Custody/Support. We feel, too, that while the Mothers make excellent Custodial Parents in the majority of cases, Fathers also have the same capabilities and we do not believe custody should be assigned based on gender.

Please accept my sincerest apologies for not updating this site in recent months. Many things have been happening throughout the state and in my private life that have taken up much of my time.

As most of you may have heard already, SB 2003 was signed into law by Governor Underwood in May. This occured after he vetoed the original Domestic Law Bill passed by both the House and Senate. The final version of the bill makes changes in the existing formula used to make CS calculations by lowering the payments based on the average income here in West Virginia as opposed to the nationwide average and by eliminating a portion of overtime pay from the calculation. This portion of the bill is to take effect on October 1, 1999. There also were changes made in the current Family Law Master/Child Custody provisions. The FLM will, eventually, be replaced by Law Judges that are initially appointed by the Circuit Court Judges, then held accountable by the public in the General Elections. Although this change does not occur immediately, as far as elections are concerned, it is a vast improvement over the current system. We are also moving toward a shared-parenting system as opposed to a primary custodial parent based on the amount of time one parent spent with the child prior to separation. Many factors are used in making this calculation but the minimum time spent with your children is 127 days per year w/support adjusted to reflect this. This portion of the bill does not take affect till January 1, 2000. Anyone who has had any action taken on their particular case in the previous 5 years will have 1 calendar year (until January 1, 2001) to file for modification under this new bill.

The bill, in its entirety, may be viewed by following the final link at right.

While this bill does not make the system perfect by any means, it is a step in the right direction. There will be more issues to address in the 2000 session of the Legislature. Now that our feet are in the door will, hopefully, make it a little easier to make changes in the future.


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General List of Father's Rights/Legal Sites

Father's Rights and Equality Exchange:
Divorce Net: Lots of Legal Information
West Virginia Legislature Homepage: Links to WV Code/Contact your State Representatives
American Coalition for Fathers and Children: Excellent Site/Lots of Info
Child Support Reform Network:
American Father's Coalition: National Lobbying Group for Fathers
Alliance for Non-Custodial Parents Rights: Excellent Site/Lots of Links
National Fatherhood Initiative:
Father's Rights Organizations: Lots of Informational/Legal Links
Dads Against Discrimination/West Virginia: Links to National Dads/WV Code
Divorce Source: Links to WV/National Information on Divorce, Support, Custody, Visitation
Second Wives Club: Fathers Are Not The Only Ones Affected
Arthur & Megan's Page: If You Think YOU'RE Having A Bad Day, Check This Out!
Christopher Robin HomePage:
Support Scruitiny in WV: Concerned Wife Who Has Been Successful Keeping Track Of Your CS Payments Better Than CSED Does.
Women for Fatherhood: Excellent Site From The 'Fairer' Gender With Lots of Links
Guerilla "Divorce" Warfare: Info from Oregon on Guerilla "Divorce" Warfare with numerous other links
America's Voice: Lots of Links to Your Representatives/Voting Records
Stepmothers Are Mothers: Lots of Searchable Links
Children's Rights Organization: Information/Searchable Links; Excellent Site
Fathers Helping Fathers: From a Personal Viewpoint of One Father Plus Numerous Links
Father's Rights: Excellent site; numerous additional links
Administration for Children and Families: Federal Site; Comment on Proposed Legislation
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: Help find a missing child. Call 1-800-THE-LOST if you've seen one of these children.
Children's Bill of Rights: Just as the title says.
Kids Rights Organization: New Site. Check it out.
Divorce As Friends: Former divorce attorney's page on how to end the conflict, heal the hurt and part as friends, if necessary, in divorce. Very interesting site.
SB 2003: Final enrolled version of New Domestic Law Bill

Joe Cumblidge

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