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We met with the minister responsible for Child Maintenence last week at his constituency office at the Orbital Shopping Park in Swindon. His office is shared a well-maintained professional community space conveniently located next to a substantial out-of-town shopping centre with ample car parking space and bus routes. The centre is available to charities to use for free. If anyone is interested in getting a local FNF meeting going, then it seems likely that Justin Tomlinson MP would be happy to support it and might even pop-in to see how things are going. If you are interested, please get in touch on admin@fnf.org.uk or call us on 0300 0300 110.

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  • A terrible story of greed and revenge exacted on a man and his family. In summary, a woman whose partner left her, pretended to be pregnant using a friend's child to support her story. He and his family believed her and he sought to be a good dad, paying child maintenance to the mother, visiting 'his son' whom he grew to love, believing him to be his. Only it was all a fabrication that unravelled when the child grew older, keeping up the pretence became difficult and contact with the child was stopped at great emotional and financial cost to this poor man. People contact us to say that they are paying maintenance for children that might not be theirs. In this case it was not only an abuse of the father, but a most awful abuse of the child and of the child's biological family. We've not heard of people 'borrowing' a child to commit their crime before, but the story is not altogether unique either and we do hear of false claims of paternity either to 'hold onto' the man or to get money from someone who has more to give than the biological father may not even be aware that they are the father. https://www.facebook.com/BBCOne/videos/2078077738882999/ To support us please like our page on Facebook, better still, follow us, share this post, register for free, become a member or make a donations.
  • Male victims of violence need more access to support. Many don't come forward for fear of loss of access to their children. Family justice system still shows bias towards treating fathers as providers or as being sources of risk, rather than carers and protectors. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-45490173 If your experience reflects this story, tell your MP. If you are concerned about access to your children, please call our Helpline 0300 0300 363. Please support us by sharing, following, liking, registering for free, becoming a member or making a donation.
  • The BBC this week covers plans by the Children Family and Courts Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) to introduce a court pathway for parental alienation. Many of our readers will relate to the cartoon story included in the BBC coverage of this. The fact that over 90% of alienation is from fathers rather than mothers is not as important as that the issue is being raised by the BBC and Cafcass. The BBC felt obliged to have some 'balancing' comments from parties who prefer to see and hear no evil, but it is good that this story is being run. Families Need Fathers have been working towards Cafcass recognising parental alienation as the problem that it is for some time. Having accepted that it is nothing less than child abuse, they then recognised that it was necessary to have a plan to address is when it occurs. This article is based on Cafcass' delayed plan to start testing this autumn the new 'pathway' that they have been developing. FNF will continue to monitor the effectiveness of the new pathway and to provide Cafcass with further feedback. The BBC article includes an error as to the number of enforcement applications in 2013, which stood at 3,173 and not 1,400 as quotede. In fact it has gone up since and in 2017 stood at 6,832. Disgracefully, a mere 21 resulted in enforcement action. If anyone is and adult who was alienated as a child, please get in touch with us. The same if you are a parent who has had a reversal of residency of their children as a result of alienation. You can contact us on Facebook Messenger or at admin@fnf.org.uk. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-45448100 Please support us by sharing this post, liking it, following us, registering with us for free, becoming a member or making a donation.
  • Best Way to Split Retreat – 14th to 16th September 2018 Last minute booking opportunity. An FNF member has provided financial support to enable a number of our members/service users to book this course at half price! If you would like to attend this at half price then please register for the brochure by clicking the link below and email suzy@startingovershow.com and let her know whether you are available for the full weekend and she will. No couples - this is 'me time'. The offer is subject to availability. https://cb368-a03d89.pages.infusionsoft.net/?utm_source=newsletter_184&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=fnf-newsletter-6th-september-2018
  • No-fault divorce is a welcome step, but it is far too optimistic to think that it will end 'the blame game'. For that to happen the whole adversarial family justice system needs to be scrapped, particularly when decisions relating to children are concerned. So too must other 'incentives' to commit perjury such as offering legal aid to those who make accusations of domestic abuse, but not to those so accused. Sir James Munby described this as one of the greatest 'vices' of the system. There are many other more serious deficiencies in family justice that need to be addressed if we are to repair a broken system that does more damage than good. Please support us by sharing, following, liking, registering for free on our website, joining or making a donation. https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/sep/07/uk-government-launch-consultation-no-fault-divorces
  • "the wrongfully accused is plunged into a ­dystopian nightmare where they know the truth but can only watch as the touch paper of the lie is set alight and starts to burn bright in the minds of everyone but those who know them well enough to ­disbelieve the claim" The Sun this week on CBB false allegations story. Please support us by following us, sharing, liking, registering for free on our website, joining or becoming a member. If the issues in this story affect you, please tell your MP and tell them that such abuse is as abusive and devastating as any other. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7177247/roxanne-pallett-celebrity-big-brother-accusation-wreck-lives/

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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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