Military father visitation rights violated!!!
by Angelo Minoglio
My name is Angelo Minoglio and I am currently serving in the U.S Navy. I have been having problems with my Son's Mother with visitation since he was born. I have been ordered to pay $600 dollars in child support each month which I do happily. However, She refuses to allow me to have my visitation. After he was born in 2004 I urgently filed custody and support papers because I new instantly she was going to give me problems. Knowing I would not get custody because I know the way the court system works and being a military father it would be extremely hard to be awarded custody.
But when we went to court she was awarded sole custody and I was awarded the usual every other weekend and every other holiday, with 2 weeks of vacation in the summer and winter. Since then I have had only one visitation with my son. Right after that visitation I had to immediatly deploy to hurricane Katrina relief.
As soon as I left she went and filed an emergency hearing to try to strip me of my visitation. But because of the soldier, sailor act they denied her request. But now the thing is not only am I supposed to have visitation but I have to drive from Norfolk, VA to Baltimore, MD. With gas prices being the way they are and paying child support on top of having a wife and daughter it is kind of hard to afford the travels.
It just really makes me mad to see real men who love there children get kicked around and treated like a dead beat dad. See I don't understand because if us as fathers don't pay the child support then we are thrown in jail. But what about the mother that is in contempt for not complying with a court order does she go to jail? No she just gets the good old don't do it again warning. I just wish I could just get custody of my son or even just a long vistitaion every month to be able to know him and so that he knows that his father is here for him. Well I just want to say thank you and Hope that some of us good fathers get some kind of credit soon.