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(WHAS11) - A father says he's been stripped of his parental rights and now he's taking bold steps to get the word out about his case.

James Rhoades says he fathered a child with a woman he had an affair with. But since she's married to someone else, the courts won't recognize Rhoades as the dad. So now he's putting up billboards asking for help.

In the heart of St Matthews shopping district you'll see a billboard with a toddler looking down at you.

James Rhoades says the toddler is his son and he's doing everything he can to see him again.

Rhoades, who lives in Florida, talked with WHAS11 by phone.

He says he had an affair with a Louisville woman and says DNA tests show the little boy is his child.

But the Kentucky Supreme Court says a man who fathers a child during an affair with a married woman has no legal rights as the parent.

That’s where the billboard comes in.

Rhoades is now working with state lawmakers to get BR-57 passed during this legislative session.

The sign is an advertisement for the bill that would give fathers, in a situation like Rhoades, parental rights.

He is also sending out thousands of fliers to local residents.

Rhoades says he hasn't seen his son in almost 2 years.

The case is sealed right now and the mother and her attorneys can not comment on this matter.

Rhoades’ attorney says every year in Kentucky there are about 5,000 fathers in a similar situation, struggling to gain parental rights.

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Keeping a father from his son
1 Wednesday, 21 January 2009 00:10
First of all I want to address this "Since she's married to someone else, the courts won't recognize Rhoades as the dad."
NOBODY can DENY Mr. Rhoades is the dad when DNA says so. Courts or not! Secondly, I find it PATHETIC of anyone involved in this that is against a dad WANTING to be a dad to his child. Has anyone followed up on how many UNWANTED children there are? Has anyone followed up on how many "men" are in jail for NONsupport? Has anyone followed up on how many "men" have harmed their child or even killed them because they don't love or care about them,not to mention they didn't want them in the first place! It's plainly selfish of the mother to do this to her child. He will resent her later on. He will have great pain and heartache once he is able to realize what he has been denied. I KNOW from experience!!! This isn't a game. Julian DESERVES the best of both worlds from Mom's family and Dad's,this includes the stepfather. All the more people that love him,care about him,and parent him,the better man he WILL grow up to be. If there isn't any proof that Mr. Rhoades is unfit to be in his son's life then LET HIM!!!

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