Barry Sanders is on a crusade for fathers' rights -- claiming dads often get the shaft in custody wars because the laws were written "in a time when mothers were the primary caregiver."
The NFL Hall of Famer wrote about the issue on his blog -- saying when he split with his wife in 2012, he secured a lawyer who specializes in "protecting the rights of men in divorce."
Sanders says he was able to reach a fair custody arrangement with his ex regarding their 3 young children -- but says, "There are plenty of horror stories out there of guys who go through a divorce and then rarely get to see their children."
His explanation -- "Despite that fact that men now often play a major role in raising children, many of the laws dealing with divorce were written in a time when mothers were the primary caregiver. Because of this, even great fathers can run into issues in the family courts when it comes to getting a fair parenting plan after the divorce."
He continues, "Family courts still tend to favor moms when it comes to custody."
"It doesn’t matter who you are, all men will face uncertainties about what the future will hold when it comes to their kids after the divorce is finalized. It is up to you to continue fighting for your rights."