I am no lawyer, all right. But after watching for the second times divorce lawyer Yvette Harrell’s video on the Huffington Post from August 10, I am still bemused about the fairness of divorce laws in this country. Can anybody enlighten me?
What I grasp from Yvette Harrell’s interview is that we, would-be divorced fathers and divorced fathers, have an information problem. Once upon a time, divorce laws were biased against fathers. That’s not the case any more. We just need to assert our rights to be fathers. Did Yvette Harrell mean that all we needed was lawyers that walk us through divorce laws? Or am I second-guessing her?
While listening to Yvette Harrell, I could not help thinking of a bill that some representatives from the far -right wanted to pass in the French Parliament: having children of parents of foreign origin to officially state their willingness to be French when turning 18. Yet, these children were French, because they were born on French soil. Needless to say, children of French parents did not have to do the same.
We have the same premises plaguing divorce laws in the US, but Yvette Harrell doesn’t seem to see it. The right of divorced mothers to be mothers is protected by divorce laws, while fathers have to claim their right to be fathers to be acknowledged by the justice system. Isn’t this discrimination plain and simple?