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N.C. Fathers Fight for their Rights

Posted June 9, 1999 7:00 a.m. EDT
Updated December 19, 2011 9:11 a.m. EST

Editor's note: North Carolina Fathers for Equal Rights has been disbanded, the group's former president Johnnie Henagan says. "Most of our goals have been achieved, and with the court system recognizing fathers more and more, plus our limited resources, we have declared the organization as no longer viable and no longer in existance."

RALEIGH – Deadbeat dads are the focus of a lot of negative attention. But what about fathers who do pay child support but still are not allowed to see their children?

Father's Day is less than two weeks away, but there is no guarantee that fathers will get to spend it with their children. A lot of fathers have minimal visitation rights even though they pay child support.

For the first time ever, a group has formed in North Carolina to address fathers' rights.

Tom Krombach's three daughters have already given their dad a Father's Day card. What he would really like is more time with them.

"I would gladly take the children all of the time and I don't want a nickel from her," says Krombach. "I'll support the children. My number one job is being a dad."

Like Krombach, Kevin Sizemore pays child support and only sees his daughter Katelyn a few days a month. He is concerned about where the support money goes.

"The court says the mother or custodial parent can spend the money anyway they see fit. To me that's not good enough," he says.

"Statistics show that almost all men who can, do pay their child support," says Johnnie Henagan ofN.C. Fathers for Equal Rights.

Henagan has started a group to address the rights of fathers. He feels that the courts do not treat men equally when it comes to child support, custody and visitation.

"We want the rights to be equal," says Henagan. "We want the playing ground to be level. We want fathers to be considered in the same light as mothers."

On Father's Day, June 20, fathers from all over the country will converge on Washington, D.C. for a protest concerning their rights.