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NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE to JANUARY 2015

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1. Updated McKenzie Friend Guidance
2. Should fathers be present at birth?
3.Parental alienation in the news
4. Facebook and Twitter

1. UPDATED MCKENZIE FRIEND GUIDANCE

This month, we have updated the best practice guidance for McKenzie Friends (lay legal advisers) who wish to advertise their services via our website. 

The updated document (available here) follow updates to the court's own guidance, changes to legislation and the loss of legal aid for many entering the family court. It is more comprehensive than previous editions, to reflect the growing importance and use of McKenzie Friends within the family justice system. 

Families Need Fathers does not provide or oversee McKenzie Friends, and this guidance is intended as 'best practice' rather than a set of standards that can be enforced. As well as outlining to McKenzie Friends the standards and knowledge we would expect of those working with our members and other parents within the family justice system, we hope this document can assist litigants in deciding whether an individual has the necessary skills and experience to assist in their cases. You should be wary of involving anyone closely in your case that is not familiar with the practice and procedures outlined in this document.

 

New applicants wishing to advertise via the FNF website will be asked to follow this updated guidance, and it will be forwarded those McKenzie Friends currently advertise with us.


2. SHOULD FATHERS BE PRESENT AT BIRTH?

This month saw a lot of coverage about a study which had found that fathers should stay away from the birth of their children, as their presence can make the experience of childbirth more painful for their partner... Or did it?

The study, carried out by researchers at University College London, asked 39 heterosexual couples questions to measure their emotional intimacy and closeness. The female partner was then given a series of painful laser pulses, with her partner inside and outside the room. They found that those with lower levels of emotional intimacy, or those who prefer to avoid closeness, reported higher levels of pain when their partner was present than when they were not.

The finding that those with difficulties in their relationship find painful situations more distressing with that person present is perhaps not all that surprising. However, the manner in which this study was reported, suggesting that fathers should avoid being present at their children's birth (the Times headline read "Its official: men shouldn't be at the birth"!), was drastically wide of the mark. There are many good reasons why both parents should be present at birth that benefit both parents, and the majority of parents want to experience the birth of their child together.

A great blog post from the Fatherhood Institute looks at the study and the issues surrounding it in more detail. 



3. PARENTAL ALIENATION IN THE NEWS

On 20th January, the Telegraph published an article looking at the experiences and effects of parental alienation, or 'implacable hostility'. 

It is rare to see the issue of parental alienation covered in the media, and the article provided an interesting look into the effects this can have on parents and children. You can read it here.



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  • One of our branches uses the phrase "It's a marathon, not a sprint!", to describe the journey many of our members face. Well, this time, it's a real marathon with long distance runners doing their best to reach their target. The Ashford Marathon in Kent may not be as famous as the London variety, but it's just as important to us and to our supporter Jonathan Edwards, who is running in it tomorrow to raise money for our cause. We'd like you all to wish him good luck and also to consider supporting him by making a donation via his Just Giving page. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jonathan-Edwards27 Good luck Jonathan! (sounds familiar? :) )

    Jonathan is raising money to help Families Need Fathers
    justgiving.comJonathan is raising money to help Families Need Fathers

    2017-04-29T15:39:30+0000
  • Are you a good separated parent? Is your ex? We've published a handy quiz as part of Parental Alienation Awareness Day - which is today! It's a "Good Parenting Quiz" and is part of our effort to raise the awareness of this terrible problem and of the types of unacceptable behaviour that lead to children being alienated against formerly much loved parents. Please try the quiz to assess your (or others') parenting style for potential PA. Please share widely! Quiz: https://fnf.org.uk/component/phocadownload/file/223-fnf-pa-day-2017-quiz Press Release: https://fnf.org.uk/news-events-2/press-releases

    Are you a separated dad or mum who is having difficulties over contact with your child? We will help. UK's leading shared parenting charity, supporting parents who are denied contact or who are struggling with legal and emotional issues following separation. WE offer some free access to solicitors p...
    fnf.org.ukAre you a separated dad or mum who is having difficulties over contact with your child? We will help. UK's leading shared parenting charity, supporting parents who are denied contact or who are struggling with legal and emotional issues following separation. WE offer some free access to solicitors p...

    2017-04-25T10:56:46+0000
  • Please support Justin Deery. Justin is running the London Marathon in support of FNF. He's running half of it BACKWARDS to highlight how far behind we are in the UK when it comes to shared parenting! Go for it Justin! https://fnf.org.uk/media/com_acymailing/upload/dad_runs_london_marathon_backwards_to_move_fathers_19_04_17_v4_fnf.pdf https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Justin-Deery1

    Justin is raising money to help Families Need Fathers
    justgiving.comJustin is raising money to help Families Need Fathers

    2017-04-23T09:49:55+0000
  • Stating the obvious? Perhaps, but always better when based on research from MIT... So, how many single parent families are there in the UK? How many boys would that imply amongst their children? Is the number of single parent families increasing? Oh dear - not sure I like where this is going... For boys and girls raised in two-parent households, there were only modest differences between the sexes in terms of success at school, and boys tended to earn more than their sisters in early adulthood. Among children raised in single-parent households, however, boys performed significantly less well than their sisters in school, and their employment rate as young adults was lower. “Relative to their sisters,” Autor and his collaborators wrote, “boys born to disadvantaged families” — with disadvantage measured here by mother’s marital status and education — “have higher rates of disciplinary problems, lower achievement scores, and fewer high-school completions.” http://economics.mit.edu/files/11558

    2017-04-13T09:11:55+0000
  • Very interesting case on false allegations and criticism of professionals in taking mother's views without question. http://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed161341

    Application by mother of two children for findings in respect of a series of allegations made against the father of one of the children. Found that the allegations were false; reference made to the guidance professionals should follow in such cases.
    familylawweek.co.ukApplication by mother of two children for findings in respect of a series of allegations made against the father of one of the children. Found that the allegations were false; reference made to the guidance professionals should follow in such cases.

    2017-03-29T13:41:02+0000
  • Suella Fernandes' presentation just now of her Family Justice Bill to Parliament has been granted a second reading on 12th May, after Suella gave a succinct but very powerful tour of much that needs changing in Family Law. Brilliant! http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/044973cd-e91b-40d8-96c3-dd51f5676078?agenda=True Scroll video forward to 13:42:00
    2017-03-28T13:28:46+0000

FNF HSSF Kite Mark Award

Families Need Fathers has been awarded the Help and Support for Separated Families Kite Mark which is a new UK government accreditation scheme for organisations offering help to separated families.

Families Need Fathers work with a range of family law professionals, including Family Law Panel

 

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