It’s hard to know how to feel about this CNN piece on fathers and the family court system (CNN, 11/7/18). On one hand, the writer seems to be sincere about advising men, so he consults family court experts – a lawyer, a judge and a mental health expert – for their tips. On the other hand, it’s a piece that could have been written 40 years ago, entirely lacking in the long-established realities fathers face. It’s like writer Thom Patterson is a latter-day Rip Van Winkle, newly awakened from a long, long sleep.
So he seems to want us to believe that fathers haven’t been complaining about their treatment in family courts for those four decades.