Facebook page connects fathers fighting for custody rights

Published: Jul. 8, 2015 at 12:18 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2015 at 1:56 AM CDT
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(WMC) - A Facebook page is giving fathers who are fighting for custody rights a place to vent, and is also playing a role in strengthening fathers' rights in the Mid-South.

Nathan Butler, father of two, created the Facebook page "Fathers that care." The page is a place for fathers like Butler, who are fighting for paternal rights, custody or visitation to connect. The only rule of the page is no member is allowed to talk poorly about the mother of their children.

"Just because the relationship failed with the mother doesn't mean you don't want a relationship with the child," said Butler.

Butler says he is currently fighting for visitation with his two children, something he said Arkansas laws do not make easy.

In Arkansas and Tennessee, if a child is born out of wedlock, the mother automatically gets full custody. It is up to the father to prove paternity before he can fight for legal rights.

"It's not cool; you need both parents," said Butler.

Other fathers also want to see a change in the way paternal rights are set up, and they are connecting through social media.

Butler is working with a local filmmaker to make a documentary about the subject.

The Facebook page has given fathers like Bill Webb a place to vent as well.

"After a certain point, I'm not going to get as much time with them," said Webb.

Attorney Pamela Kelly is working to help fathers understand their legal options.

"The fathers have to get together as a voice to make these changes happen," said Kelly.

In just a month, the Facebook page gained more than 2,000 followers from across the globe.

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