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Input into FNF’s Strategy

Input into FNF’s Strategy

FNF’s Trustees are planning a ‘strategy day’ to discuss ideas for the future, vision, mission and how to resource this and achieve the charity’s objectives. We have previously carried out member and service user surveys to assist with this. On this occasion, to help  us to take into account what you think, please email us your ideas and thoughts. Feedback will be given on the issues that concern you, the ideas you send and the priorities that Trustees then adopt. Please email your thoughts to admin@fnf.org.uk and put the word ‘Strategy’ into the subject line. Many thanks.

 

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  • When my divorce started, my lawyers said it would only cost a "few thousand pounds". No one mentioned that this only included dealing with the divorce petition process which is a trivial exchange of allegations between the parties to convince a judge to agree to the divorce and that it had absolutely no effect on the children or the finances - whereas I thought we were talking about the lot. Having wasted that money, I then found myself being asked for tens of thousands of pounds more to do the stuff I actually cared about, regarding kids and finances. Now the MoJ has digitised the divorce forms and part of the process, and other forms will follow, in an effort to make it easier for anyone to be guided through the divorce technical process much more easily. A great step forward, allowing ponderous legal processes to be drastically shortened and cheapened for the benefit of those suffering this nightmare. It's much simpler than people generally think! And the MoJ is spending £1billion to automate things further. It's sad we have so many divorces, but it's even sadder that divorce victims are led to spend tens of thousands of pounds for the "privilege", often depriving children and parents of much needed funds! https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKHMCTS/bulletins/1eec551 https://www.gov.uk/divorce https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-divorce
  • Nigel Huddleston MP said a number of grandparents' "had been visited by the police simply for sending cards or gifts to their grandchildren". There are of thousands more cases every year of the abuse of anti-harassment laws in misguided attempts to cut parents and grandparents out of children's lives. Well-intentioned laws were not properly thought through and lack balancing measures to prevent their abuse. The consequences for children are frequently disasterous. It is right that barriers to grandparents maintaining relationships with children should be lowered. However, usually when a parent is denigrated by an ex-partner, so are the grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and in fact anyone who retains a relationship with the targeted parent. Tackle these issues and ensure effective enfocement of Child Arrangement Orders and most of the issues relating to grandparents and wider family will disappear. There may be cases where greater rights for grandparents might assist in flushing out the nature of hostility of the parent with whom the child lives and help ensure that one side of children's families are not completely cut out, but this will only scratch the surface of the defficiencies of the family justice system. Please support us by sharing this page, liking it, following us, making a donation or becoming a member. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5697961/Grandparents-right-grandchildren-parents-split-new-law.html#ixzz5Enfe5KZK Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5697961/Grandparents-right-grandchildren-parents-split-new-law.html
  • Amy J Baker is an American Parental Alienation expert. Here she gives some preactical tips on how to protect children from being alienated, if you get a chance before the relationships breaks down and contact stops. Please support us by liking our page, following us, sharing this, donating to or joining FNF. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/caught-between-parents/201804/protecting-children-parental-alienation
  • Today is Parental Alienation Awareness Day. We used the occasion to raise the issues of PA at a Westminster Policy Forum on the future of family justice. Last year we developed a questionnaire that identified frequently occurring alienating behaviours. Seem familiar? https://fnf.org.uk/component/phocadownload/file/223-fnf-pa-day-2017-quiz Please support us by sharing, liking and follow us.
  • This is a tragic story of coercive control of a young man by his girlfriend. It is shocking when such behaviour exists regardless of whether the perpetrator is a man or a woman. Domestic abuse against men is considered by many to be far more common than people think and under-reported. There are likely to be various reasons for this, but one that occurs frequently is the fear that they will lose access to their children. The Office for National Statistics says "The most common type of domestic abuse experienced in the last year was partner abuse, with 4.5% of adults reporting this type of abuse. Whilst a higher proportion of women reported experience of partner abuse in the last year than men (5.9% compared with 3%), similar proportions of men and women reported experience of family abuse". Please support us by liking, sharing and following us, making a donation, registering with us for free or becoming a member. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-43799850
  • As the number of applications to family courts reached a new high of 52,168 last year, grandparents are also increasingly seeking to protect their relationships with their grandchildren. Not sure it needed 'experts' to confirm that most of these are paternal grandparents. Please support us by liking, sharing and following us, making a donation, registering with us for free or becoming a member. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/08/grandparents-go-court-custody-battles-grandchildren/

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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