Letters to the Editor: Dec. 2012/Jan. 2013

To the Editor

In response to your article “A Mother Fights for Custody” [TVR November 2012], relating to the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the custodial rights of the parents of Oliver Sorensen/Weilharter, I would not suggest that I have any “sided” opinion about what is clearly a very complex issue. However it is a shame that the father and his representatives declined to comment, as I do feel that the article, as it stands, is significantly one-sided, though, as with every issue like this, am sure that there are two very different sides to the story.

However, in one regard, significantly when you refer to various rules/laws/guidelines and that “Denmark has entitlement issues…, and Danish law is backward in many respects”…; etc…, one should look internally to Austrian law likewise being backward in many respects when it comes to parental rights (more to the point: children’s rights) for both mothers and fathers, when, in this country, rights are heavily pro-maternal and significantly negatively against fathers. We here in Austria should look to developing and significantly improving our own custodial concerns for children being equal between parents, rather than one-sided and biased. We do have, a ridiculous state of affairs when fathers could (and would be prepared and able to) provide much more quality paternal time and could play a greater and more valued part in our children’s lives.

Courts and recourse to expensive legal representation should not be the only direction – stronger and fairer legal guidelines within our Austrian systems should allow for equality, on behalf of children, to their parents!

A Reader, (name withheld)

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