For Philadelphia residents who follow his lengthy acting career, Jason Patric has played both hero and villain. In the eyes of the people who follow his child custody dispute, he may be perceived as both. However, Patric recently played hero to parents facing a similar situation.
The actor was denied custody of his four-year-old son. The boy was conceived through artificial insemination; Patric was the sperm donor. Despite the court's decision to award full custody to the boy's mother, Patric claims that the fight is not yet over. The actor even petitioned for a legislature change so sperm donors like him can have a fighting chance at being awarded child custody.
On the other hand, the mother, through her attorney, stated that the actor's desire to be a father is a lie. She also related that Patric was dating another woman during her pregnancy. For his part, the actor said that regardless of the outcome of the relationship, both he and the woman are parents to the boy. Patric is set to make court appearances this May to appeal the custody ruling.
As he continues his quest for custody, Patric hopes parents who are prohibited from seeing their own children or are having trouble with custody arrangements also continue to fight. This was evident in the activity of his non-profit organization. The organization is named after his son, whom he says he has not seen in over a year. His organization recently donated $100,000 to a family law center. . The money will be used to help parents who cannot afford legal representation.
Whether the child custody dispute is from a complicated case similar to the actor's or a divorce, proper legal knowledge is crucial. With the right help, Philadelphia parents can work out an agreement modification that will not only be beneficial for both parents but that will also be in the best interests of the child.
Source: KABC, "Actor Jason Patric donates $100k to family law center," Miriam Hernandez, April 25, 2014