Fatherless Father's Day

TALLAHASSEE-- Ray Granstrom says he’s not a deadbeat. But the court order after his divorce only allows him to see his kids every other weekend.

“Only parents know what’s in their children’s best interest. Not attorney’s, not gavels, and certainly not biased judges who abuse their power," Granstrom said.

Granstrom joined the “Fatherless Day” movement – a national campaign to try and get equal time with kids for divorcees. Granstrom says he’s also drowning in alimony payments.

“I've been attacked by the child support enforcement agency over an order that is void on its face, because it orders me to pay more than what I've been earning.”

The divorced Dad says the Governor and legislature let him down in the past.

“Women’s rights groups lobbied to veto a bill last year that would have ended permanent alimony and they say, the bill shouldn't come back.”

Barbara Devane with the National Organization for Women worked tirelessly to get the bill killed in 2013.

“Every divorce is different, every story is different, and we shouldn't have the legislature coming up with a cookie cutter bill because one size does not fit," Devane said.

2013’s bill would have been retroactive to people paying permanent alimony, something the Governor said he couldn't support.

The legislation went nowhere in 2014. Devane says the Governor didn't want to risk anything during an election year.

The bill that was vetoed last year would have required judges to give divorced parents equal custody unless there were extenuating circumstances.


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