There are definitely fathers like that, more''s the pity.
I think some fathers are put off applying for custody and contact by a legal system that is prohibitively expensive (I''ve racked up £6500 in 2 months), and a public perception that the court is inherently biassed against fathers.
Call me naive but I don''t necessarily think that the latter point is true (in most cases) but bizarrely, Fathers 4 Justice have actually reinforced that misconception, by telling it to anyone who would listen. It''s a shame but I think they''ve actually done the opposite of what they have set out to achieve.
Stepper does have a good point though, as I have found recently. For me to have overnight contact with my son I needed to have a bedroom for him. This meant that I needed to get a 2 bedroom house but unlike with resident parents, there is no government support for that. I am sure the same is true for all non resident parents, as well as paying maintenance, we are expected to pay the costs of a home for a child. With rental prices as high as they are this is an important factor in planning what you can realistically hope for. For some fathers I am sure the thought of all this is likely to put them off.
I would also like if (by consent of both parties) maintenance could be paid into a child trust fund or similar. That''s a topic for another post altogether though!