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I am a Dad currently seeking Shared Parenting of my daughter.  Since our separation, I have financially supported my daughter and have ALWAYS been a very active part in her life.  I have done everything possible to ensure my daughter’s rights are protected (in terms of having both parents actively involved in her life).  This included moving a few blocks away to ensure she is able to remain in the same school and have the same friends.  I have provided her with all necessities at my home including a room, clothing, toys etc. which are in-line with her current day-to-day living standards at her mom’s home.  I have maintained open communication with my ex and have consistently tried to be the better person for our daughter despite being verbally abused by her on a regular basis.
 
Although I have waited patiently for my ex to put our daughter first and give me more parenting time, I was forced to hire a lawyer and serve her.  Based on everything I have read about the Canadian Family Law system, I honestly didn’t think it was an option to be denied the ability to parent my own daughter.  Especially when I have been told our government strongly supports family values, and judges are “advocates for Dads who want to be involved with their children”.
 
At my JDR, I asked for 50% shared parenting.  Automatically I was told no based on precedence and my daughter’s age (8 years old).  The judge believed it would be too much of an adjustment.  I find it sickening that people who have never met my daughter can make that determination.  If I didn’t think it was in her best interest, I wouldn’t be doing this in the first place.  The next best option was to split the time, I would have her for 6 days, my ex would have her for 8.  Coincidently, my ex makes equivalent income to me.  We both understand that if I have my daughter for 12 days/month, (equalling 42% of the time) child support would be based on both incomes.  In the end, she “allowed” me to parent my daughter 5 days instead of 6.  Supposedly, 6 days was too much of an adjustment but 5 days isn’t.  That one day is worth a $1200/month “award” according to your Federal Child Support Guidelines.  The judge, who happened to be a woman, sided with my ex.  My only option is trial, which I can’t afford and don’t want to put my daughter through.  
 
Is it in the best interest of my child, to sling mud at her mother and get as nasty as possible to win at trial?  Is it in the best interest of my child to have a father who works 12 hour days to pay child support, maintain a home for my daughter when she’s allowed to “visit” and also have to hire a lawyer simply to see her?  Is it in the best interest of my child to be poisoned by her mother when I have been more than willing to work with her and have always paid my support?  Is it in the best interest of my child to be alienated from her Dad??
 
It is MY DAUGHTER’S RIGHT to have both of us actively involved in her life and to be parented equally by both of us.  Ask your MLA, what he/she is prepared to do to help with your god given right to parent your children!

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This is simply one of a thousand examples of men who are not being treated equally under the law at the expense of our children. As a society, why have we accepted reverse discrimination as a reality in our Family Law Act? Why have we allowed money to dictate who will raise our children?

If you are a parent who believes Shared Parenting should be the NORM not the exception, please sign this petition. If you are a Dad who has been treated unfairly by our Family Law Act please sign this petition. If you are a Mom who thinks her children have the right to have both parents involved and working together to make their lives better, please sign this petition. If you are simply a bystander who disagrees with this injustice, please sign this petition. Please help us change the mind-set that "MOTHERS KNOW BEST & FATHERS PAY BEST"!

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