This is how it should be in the United States:
A new law will for the first time grant single fathers joint custody of their children even if this goes against the mother’s wishes, in an attempt to put an end to bitter legal struggles between unmarried parents.
Until now, single fathers have always had to get the mother’s blessing before they could be granted custody of their kids, a rule that fathers’ organizations have long seen as unfairly weighted against them.
But now new legislation would allow unmarried fathers custody even if the mother is against it. The new law emphasizes that in normal circumstances both parents are to share responsibility for the child, unless this is not in the child’s best interests.
Unmarried fathers denied joint custody of their children by mothers will in future be able to go to the Youth Welfare Office or appeal directly to the family court. The mother will then be given six weeks to give a statement on the father’s custody application.
If the court does not see any threat to the child’s interests, it will automatically grant the father custody on principle.
Read more here: Dads to get joint custody even if mum says no – The Local.