Our 834th Dad in the Limelight is Christian Paasch. I want to thank Christian Paasch for being a part of this series. It has been great getting connected with him and now sharing Christian Paasch with all of you.
1) Tell me about yourself, (as well as how you are in the limelight for my readers knowledge)
My name is Christian Paasch and I was born in Germany, but grew up there, in Argentina and California. After graduating from the US Air Force Academy, I served for almost five years on active duty and then moved to the Washington, DC area. Three years ago, as a result of my experience in the family court arena, I formed a state-wide non-profit in Virginia that focuses on making shared parenting/custody the norm in child custody processes in Virginia and other states. I’m in the limelight because others can’t be and because children need it (i.e. shared parenting). I was fortunate to have the resources necessary to fight, but it still took me nearly 9 years to get to a place that we should have started from to begin with. Others do not have the same luxury, so I want to make sure other children do not have one of their parents unnecessarily torn from their lives – just because that’s “how we’ve always done it.”
2) Tell me about your family
I’m married to my beautiful (and even more amazingly patient) wife, Kristen, and am a proud dad to two boys. Kristen is an amazing step-mom to my older son and a wonderful mom to our younger son. Before I met Kristen, I was a full-time single dad to my older boy and honestly never thought I would come to lead the family law reform efforts I do today. But life has a way of leading us to where we are meant to be, and I’m just grateful to be in a position where I can help improve things for those who come after me and for those who can’t afford to fight for their kids. The heartbreak those parents and children feel is immeasurable and I believe we have a duty to help fix that and keep children connected with both healthy, loving parents.
3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
If you have any questions for Christian Paasch, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!