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Film focuses on fathers struggles for custody

A new film depicting the world of divorce, custody and child support from the perspective of fathers is drawing attention to an often ignored side of the story. The documentary, titled “Guilty Until Proven Innocent” made its theatrical debut recently in Washington, D.C.

The goal of the film maker, Janks Morton, was to tackle the issues found in family courts and to bring to light the plight of fathers in this scenario. The film follows five men through the system and shows the emotional toll and disparity between how fathers and mothers are viewed in family court.

According to Janice D’Arcy of the Washington Post, one particularly saddening story in the film is a man who was denied visitation and jailed because he was hospitalized, which made it difficult to pay child support. Before the hospitalization, his child support record was flawless.

“Millions of parents and children are directly impacted by court and agency rulings,” explained Michael McCormick, executive director of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children. “The routine and unnecessary separation of children from a parent is creating a nation of fatherless kids.”

Following the premiere of the film, a discussion was held to address audience comments and questions about the subject matter.

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.