As far as custody and visitation of minor children are concerned, fathers and mothers have equal rights in divorce and paternity matters. Individuals should be treated equally, regardless of gender. Therefore, in the event that you were denied child custody because of an unjust ruling by the court, your rights should be defended. Children must have a strong bond with both parents. As such, fathers have the same right to bond with their children as mothers. For the exception of proven abuse, the court has long believed that there is no excuse for not permitting visitation rights to fathers.