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BBC Money Box Live: Litigants in Person

Litigants in Person

BBC Radio 4’s Money Box Live
Tomorrow (Wednesday 18th April 2018) the programme will be discussing the experience of being a litigant in person, talking to one of our service users and (hopefully) signposting people to FNF. You will be able to listen to the programme live, join in, or find it on iPlayer –
see
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09z1d9k.

If you wish to contact the programme during the show to share your experiences please do so on moneybox@bbc.co.uk. Please let them have your daytime phone number if you send an email as they will contact you to check that you are willing to have your email read out. You can also get in touch with them on Twitter to @Moneybox; simply share the links or phone them on 03700 100 444 - lines normally open every Wednesday from 1300-1530. (Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply.) Please state clearly if you wish to remain anonymous as your message may be read out on air or published electronically. See full details at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5bgYZ85HX7TzCbQwQZzhWdh/contact-money-box.

The programme will be repeated on Saturday 21st April in its non-live version at 12:04 – see https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09zmvcp.

Even if the BBC don’t use your emails or messages, they do take note of the response rates and will return to related topics if the subject generates a lot of interest.

 

 

 

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  • It is often assumed that there is a stigma associated with men admitting physical or psychological abuse. However, there are two other important factors. One is that they will not be believed when they do complain. Another is that fathers fear reprisal action of preventing access to their children. These issues combine to be a powerful deterrent to seeking help from authorities. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6053177/Police-ignore-psychological-abuse-males-unconscious-bias-say-campaigners.html Please support us by following us, sharing and liking this post, registering with us for free, becoming a member or making a donation.
  • It's not too late to complete our survey for parents prevented from having direct contact and confined to writing letters, sending cards, etc. Please share if you know anyone this applies to. Click here to complete this short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FNF_Indirect_Contact_2018
  • It is good that Mel B and Stephen Belafonte will be jointly parenting their six year old daughter. It's not fair on his step-daughter that they could not agree arrangements for her too - Mr Belafonte had been parenting her for most of her life and this will apparently be the second father figure she's lost in her life. A shared parenting agreement should have been reached for both children without these proceedings and with less damage to them. It seems doubtful that this was what they really, really wanted. https://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/celebrity-news/stephen-belafonte-celebrates-as-mel-b-is-ordered-to-pay-his-350000-legal-fees-in-divorce-battle-i-a3905596.html
  • We believe in transparency in family courts, but having a public slanging match over child maintenance is excessive. It is good that they appear, to some extent, to be sharing parenting after separation, but their six children won't wish to read or have their friends read how their mum and dad bicker over who pays for what. They are, reportedly, each worth handsomely in excess of $150m and with earning potential for much more. https://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/celebrity-news/angelina-jolie-pushes-for-divorce-from-brad-pitt-as-she-accuses-him-of-paying-no-meaningful-child-a3906296.html
  • Indirect Contact Survey We are carrying out a short survey of parents who had Child Arrangement Orders (previously called contact orders) for indirect contact i.e. for writing and receiving of letters, cards and gifts, phone calls, Skype calls, emails, etc. See: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FNF_Indirect_Contact_2018… There is little evidence as to whether such orders lead to anything positive or are even complied with. This survey should take only 5-10 minutes to complete and will help us to provide feedback to you, to family justice professionals and to the media. Please share this with anyone you know who it might apply to.
  • Today's Daily Mail reports on the horrendous experience of child abduction from the UK to Poland, with a comment from Families Need Fathers. The Foreign Office needs to intervene and make sure that friendly Hague Convention countries comply by their obligations. What is more, they need to do this on a child-appropriate timeframe i.e. fast. It is simply wrong that a child can lose a parent as a result of unilateral action of the other with no consequence. Neither is it just that a father's life and finances can be destroyed in this way. The government must act to ensure that these agreements between nation states have teeth and are honoured. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6024775/British-psychiatrists-Polish-ex-partner-kidnapped-daughter-UK-courts-helpless.html Please support Families Need Fathers by sharing this, following us, liking the page, registering for free, becoming a member or making a donation.

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