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  • Why is it that inadequacies in the family law system are taking so long to fix? It's not rocket science, is it? Perhaps more like a need for modern and effective management. Great though it is, it's not enough for those at the top of organisations such as the Family Court, CAFCASS and others to transmit good guidance and great aspirations to their colleagues down the food chain - They also have an obligation to actually make better practice happen! Below is a link to some very pertinent comments from our friend Mike Robinson about this. Please read about the issues and some of the evidence of what we feel should be done about them. But then, what is the answer? One answer is for the Courts and for CAFCASS to properly - and perhaps independently - monitor the outcomes of cases, especially the intractable ones, over the years (and not just the hearings) that many of these cases take to play out. Through the ineffectiveness of the system in dealing with intractable cases, many children lose touch with one parent (usually dad) and the associated grandparents, friends and other relatives. And yet, still no good solution is evident. Proper records must be kept of the often devastating consequences for the children and the parents of allowing insufficiently monitored operatives to roam roughshod over guidance using (or sometimes completely ignoring) instead superficial forms and a tickbox mentality. "Tickbox Twits" and others who do not uphold the state's duty to ensure that separated parents behave responsibly should be identified. Failure in this duty should rightly be seen as abuse of their position of trust whether judge, social worker or indeed parent. What Mike Robinson says makes sense to us and it begs the overused but very apt expression: Who will guard the guardians? Who will make sure that Family Law and its infrastructure are properly accountable to the people who depend on it for effective justice? Tick boxers and others who do not uphold the state's duty to properly ensure that separated parents behave responsibly should be identified. Failure in this duty should rightly be seen as abuse of their position of trust whether judge, social worker or indeed parent. What Mike Robinson says makes sense to us and it begs the overused but very apt expression: Who will guard the guardians? Who will make sure that Family Law and its infrastructure are properly accountable to the people who depend on it for effective justice? Please also share on Twitter with hashtag #familylaw

    F (Children) [2015] EWCA Civ 1315 is yet another case involving alienation where the handling of the case by the lower court was 'wholly inadequate'. Not my opinion (actually it is, and I agree...), but that of the Lords Justice who heard the appeal.
    thecustodyminefield.comF (Children) [2015] EWCA Civ 1315 is yet another case involving alienation where the handling of the case by the lower court was 'wholly inadequate'. Not my opinion (actually it is, and I agree...), but that of the Lords Justice who heard the appeal.

    2016-02-04T15:32:26+0000
  • The case for responsible and civilised shared parenting is becoming more obvious with every passing day. Here's a report from the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/jan/24/sharing-custody-childrens-mental-health-divorce-separation

    Divorce and separation can have a hugely detrimental impact on children. But Swedish studies show that having them live with each parent half the time is the best way to help them cope
    theguardian.comDivorce and separation can have a hugely detrimental impact on children. But Swedish studies show that having them live with each parent half the time is the best way to help them cope

    2016-01-27T20:53:13+0000
  • In September last year we had an opportunity to put some constructive proposals to Sir James Munby President of the Family Division. These proposals related to contact enforcement, parental alienation and intractable disputes in the family courts. The full text of the proposals is available via the link below. We believe that increasingly senior members of the family court wish to see modern attitudes better reflected in judgements throughout the land. We very much hope that our proposals to Sir James will lead to more comprehensive practice guidance and that these will help to drive long overdue change - especially in the lower courts where the need for change is greatest. Often the changes required are in ensuring that CAFCASS and other social services and local authorities do their jobs in line with the rules which are there to bind them. We very much hope the lower family courts will take a keener interest in ensuring that justice is done and seen to be done for the sake of our children and of their parents. http://fnf.org.uk/news-events-2/meetings-with-sir-james-munby

    Families Need Fathers (FNF) is a registered UK charity, founded in 1974. It provides information and support to parents, including unmarried parents, of either sex.
    fnf.org.ukFamilies Need Fathers (FNF) is a registered UK charity, founded in 1974. It provides information and support to parents, including unmarried parents, of either sex.

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  • We firmly believe children benefit from both parents and we do not take sides in gender issues unless parents and children are being affected by overt or covert bias. We like to believe we are living in an increasingly gender-neutral country and that our public institutions reflect this. What then should we make of these allegations that the CPS of all people could be being creative with gender statistics? Indeed one feels compelled to ask - Why would they? http://freethoughtblogs.com/hetpat/2015/07/03/the-guardian-publishes-our-open-letter-to-cps/ http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jul/02/anorexia-and-are-mens-problems-too

    After I published my blog post last week, several friends and colleagues from organisations involved in men’s health and recovery got in touch to share their astonishment and anger at what I …
    freethoughtblogs.comAfter I published my blog post last week, several friends and colleagues from organisations involved in men’s health and recovery got in touch to share their astonishment and anger at what I …

    2016-01-14T12:45:22+0000

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