So many people will play the card of "there must have been a reason" or call him a deadbeat, or say he must have been abusive, or what have you, to justify the mother's and the court's actions.
I can give you many counts from other fathers where this was not the case. And if I know so many personal experiences, God knows how many there are that I'm not aware of.
And sadly, until you've been involved, your eyes aren't truly opened to how widespread this is.
Thankfully, none of the men I know have gone so far as to take their own lives, but some have been on the brink. They've lived on that edge, and thankfully, pulled themselves from it or had at least one person understand them, and help pull them away.
I pray for this man and his family. After some searching, it appears he took his own life on December 29, 2013. I'm so sad for his children and what they went through both before and after their father did this. This struggle is not just painful for the father but for his children as well.
I pray that more people open their eyes to parental alienation and abuse by exes, courts, and lawyers, without having to be involved personally.
I pray that change eventually comes.
I pray for my step-son who I have never met, that he never finds himself in the situation his father did.
I pray that his family is well and that his mother finds peace in her life instead of hate in her heart.
I pray that one day we can be a part of his life, no matter what his age. His father will always love him and want to be there. We never stop growing up, we never stop learning, and we will always be ready for him with open arms.
And I thank God that I have my daughters. Even if oldest is not of my blood, she is a love of my life. She is amazing, beautiful, courageous, and ever-learning. And I am so thankful to have her in our lives and away from abuse and neglect. I'm so thankful that I know of one case where the system finally prevailed before it was too late. Many times they do not...