Fathers rights documentary premiering this month

Filmmaker Janks Morton explores the complicated and sometimes controversial issues surrounding the U.S. family court system in a new documentary set to make its debut on July 26 in Washington, D.C.

The film, titled “Guilty Until Proven Innocent,” discusses how millions of people are influenced by what it says is the family courts’ often unnecessary decision to separate children from their parents – fathers in particular. The film, according to a press release by the American Coalition for Fathers and Children, investigates how the “unnecessary separation of children from a parent is creating a nation of fatherless kids.”

There will be a discussion following the documentary’s premiere to address audience comments and offer research and other support to back up the “positive solutions” discussed in the film. The statement said the discussion will revolve around issues such as whether a couple should stay together for the sake of their kids and the way fathers really feel about their relationships with their children.

Mothers are granted primary custody in 70 percent of U.S. child custody cases. The National Center for Health Statistics reports that there are 3.4 divorces per 1,000 people.