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Does giving the father 50/50 custody like in Belgium increases the birth rate, because it gives men more incentive to get women pregnant, yes or no? Does Giving the mother custody and making the father the non custodial parent and making the father pay child support, degrees the birth rate because it gives men the incentive to never get married and never have sex.

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What research or evidence is there to support the 50/50 custody increasing birth rates in Belgium?  None that I have ever heard of. And why on earth would that give men more incentive to get women pregnant?  Men should want to have children because they have found a woman that they would like to spend the rest of their lives with as a family.  I also do not know of any research that supports the other part of this question and presently do not have the time to research this matter so you will have to do that.  Many men and women never marry but I cannot imagine any man or woman that would never have sex because of that.  People just need to use their head and practice safe, responsible sex.....and love it! Even if they have no intentions of having children or getting married.

Please, do you homework and research somewhere else for this type of question.  They are far too vague for a definitive answer.  I am here to help fathers, daughters, sons and wives with questions that have to do with issues they are having and that is not represented in any of the questions you present.....get it?  

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Marcos Torres

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I can answer many questions regarding child development, best practices in child care and the fathers role in his children's development.

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10 years as a child protective services investigator, 10 years administrator of a residential nonprofit program for developmentally disabled adults and children, 2 years working with parents facilitating a parenting group of first time parents with my wife using the MELD curriculum in the early 80's. Co-wrote and Administered a fatherhood grant working with young fathers and incarcerated fathers. Ran a fatherhood program in a Texas State jail and was Director of Incarcerated Programs for the National Fatherhood Initiative for a year and a half. I also raised two children now 22 and 26 who have excelled academically which I believe is from our learning the best practices in child rearing from the start.

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BA in Social work in 1980 from New Mexico State University

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