Organizations for Father's Rights in Texas

The children from a relationship are both a responsibility and a right that both parents need to work out for assuring their well-being.
The children from a relationship are both a responsibility and a right that both parents need to work out for assuring their well-being. | Source

There are organizations in Texas, as well as on the national level and in other states, that help men deal with their rights as parents and also offer counsel to help in custody and visitation battles. Divorces and separations involve a range of domestic, parental responsibility and financial issues that are different for every situation, but there are commonalities that occur which can be used to help guide fathers in these difficult situations. These organizations muster the available information and are a valuable resource.

The resources provided by these non-profit organizations help men confront and understand imbalances that have and do occur in court decisions that sometimes discriminate against the father due to mis-perceptions or other reasons. The specific non-profit organizations, contact information and their offerings are mentioned below.

Texas Fathers for Equal Rights and Fathers for Equal Rights

This organization is both a resource for individuals and a center for political action regarding legislation in this field of law. There are offices in Dallas, Ft. Worth and a mailing address in Austin (see the addresses and phone numbers below). There are two websites that are carbon copies, one for the Ft. Worth office and another for the Dallas office.

These two websites not only talk about father’s rights, they balance the provided information with a discussion of parental responsibilities. The sites also serve as a source of information to dispel common myths which sometimes prejudice courts and families against fathers. For instance, domestic violence statistics show that anywhere from 34-50% of domestic violence originates from women; and, parental abuse/neglect issues are most often caused by the mother.

The website is called the National Fathers Resource Center, which has information about FER and TFER. Interested fathers are urged to join the site to access premium features, which costa $50. This premium membership of $50 allows you to take online courses and ask attorneys questions.

Free info. There is a lot of free information on this site. For instance, there is a brief section on representing yourself in court. It also includes sections on current and upcoming legislation regarding parental rights, ideas for family activities and parenting, visitation enforcement and strategies for exercises visitation rights, information about domestic violence, fraud by forgery by spouses, a newsletter from the American Coalition for Fathers and Children regarding calls to action and information about financial problems with credit and mortgages.

Addresses and phone numbers:

  • P. O. Box 15795
  • Austin, TX 78761-5795
  • (512) 472-3237


  • 1500 N. Main St., Suite 120
  • Ft. Worth, TX 76164
  • (817) 870-4880
  • (817) 870-4891 (fax)


  • 701 Commerce St., Suite 302
  • Dallas, TX 75202
  • (214) 953-2233
  • (214) 749-4622 (fax)



Fathers' Rights: Hard-Hitting and Fair Advice for Every Father Involved in a Custody Dispute
Fathers' Rights: Hard-Hitting and Fair Advice for Every Father Involved in a Custody Dispute

Jeffrey M. Leving is a well-known attorney and advocate for father's rights in custody disputes. His advice has helped many disenfranchised fathers.

 
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Lone Star Fatherhood Initiative

This non-profit organization in Austin offers full service legal assistance in family law, including consulting regarding issues relating to father's rights. It has no functional website (although you can be directed to a useless search site called fathers.org), so the best thing to do is to call them and set up an appointment. They give free consultations regarding visitation rights, modifying custody arrangements and many other issues related to divorce. Peer support is also provided. Legal forms can be prepared at reduced cost by legal assistants and attorneys offer free consulting sessions. Below is the address and phone number:

  • 807 Brazos Street
  • Austin, TX 78701-2517
  • (512) 472-3237

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denisemai 4 years ago from Idaho

Brilliant topic for fathers and families everywhere. You should do other states, too. How about starting with Idaho? Voted up and sharing on Facebook.


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Randy M. 4 years ago from Liberia, Costa Rica Author

Thanks denisemai! I will research that.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Randy - I only wish there had been important emphasis on this subject when my dear older brother needed. He was always a good dad and spent every spare moment he was granted with his children. And the times were spent fishing , camping, sleigh riding. Many great memories were implanted and the bond between father and children was forged.

Good thing - his wife successfully petitioned the court and received permission granting her the right to move to Italy with her new husband, who was in the military. She was and still is a good woman and I have a nice relationship with her. But my brother was equally as good a man and Dad. He also always paid child support and then some. I say then some because he didn't feel he deserved a pat on the back, he always stated they are his children and that was what he was supposed to do.

It was a heartbreaking time for my brother but more so for his children. They returned five years later and have grown into wonderfu adults. It just didn't seem like a fair court decision.

I commend you for this hub and I am voting it up. I'm sharing it as well.

Thank you


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Very informative hub. My son is going through this now. His wife had an affair and their marriage is over. They have four kids and he is the best father, always spending time with them and playing with them. He is also the disciplinarian. She ignores them and when they come to visit, she doesn't send shoes, toothbrushes and sometimes, she doesn't even send clothes. We have bought those things for them to use at our house but if they go to hers, they won't have any here. He is trying to get custody, but the courts are so slow here. Even her family is helping him.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

It is great having something like this. I do think in most cases children should be with their mother but there are rights fathers should have and there are some mothers who should have never given birth.

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