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[9 Aug 2011 | One Comment | 248 views]
Why don’t their parents keep them in?

This the common refrain in news reports of the riots in London and other cities.
Well, why don’t the parents of these youngsters stop them going out on the streets and looting and burning shops?
25% of children have no contact with their fathers, and 70% of youth crime is carried out by this 25% of the youth population. It follows, then, that the majority of the young rioters we see on our TV screens have been raised without their fathers, and their mothers have been unable, on their own, to …

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[16 Jul 2011 | 4 Comments | 1,585 views]
Changes in Leave to Remove Law

Leave to remove caselaw took an unexpected turn when judgment was handed down in the case of Re K on 7th July.
Until then, the Case of Payne v Payne had ruled the roost for 10 years, establishing the precedent that a resident parent could remove the children to live in another country if she wished. Of all the factors involved in such decisions (including the loss of relationship with the father left behind) Payne held that the most important was that the mother would be upset if she didn’t get …

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[27 Jun 2011 | 5 Comments | 524 views]
Leave to Remove Law – who is pulling the strings?

The father in the Case of Re-D has written here before, concerning the injustice of removing his children from UK and, effectively, from his life. In a further publication (see the full article on this link) the father offers a considered analysis of the irrational tangle into which this area of law has plunged itself.
In the following extract, he illustrates how Lord Justice Wall raised the possibility of a legal challenge to the Payne v Payne precedent, and then inexplicably appeared to close the door again on that possibility …

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[19 Jun 2011 | One Comment | 437 views]
Cameron the dad-basher

When a father does not see his children the evidence suggests this is unlikely to be through choice. He is far more likely to have been driven out and excluded from raising his children, and had the minds of his children poisoned against him by a vindictive mother. Flying in the face of this evidence, David Cameron chose fathers day to caricature such dads as “runaway fathers” abandoning not only their children but the “heroic” single mothers left to raise their offspring.
Will we ever have leaders who look at …

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[8 Jun 2011 | 12 Comments | 784 views]
Attack on Shared Parenting

Mavis MacLean, Senior Research Fellow from the Dept for Social Policy and Intervention at Oxford University, spoke on Woman’s hour last week, opposing Brian Binley’s private members Bill on Shared Parenting. She based her opposition to it on the experience in Australia, where Joint Parental Responsibility was introduced in 2006. This made for poorer outcomes for children, she said, and a Bill (the Family Violence Bill) is currently going through the Australian Parliament, which would amend it. Mavis MacLean’s views have been very influential in persuading the UK Family …

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[31 May 2011 | No comments | 500 views]
Lies, damned lies, and Domestic Violence Statistics

Claiming to be a victim of Domestic Violence is now a passport to getting Legal Aid in Family Court proceedings, and for obtaining indefinite leave to remain in UK when threatened with deportation. With such incentives to make false allegations, it can be difficult to guage the true extent of Domestic Violence. It’s worth looking again at the investigation which Tim Harford’s BBC Radio 4 “More or Less” programme carried out in 2009:
EXTRACT FROM RADIO BROADCAST
“Domestic Violence is the leading cause of mortality among women aged 15 – 44” Where …

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[14 May 2011 | No comments | 88 views]
Military Covenant – the right to come home to your children?

Health care, housing, benefits, care for bereaved dependants – these are the issues that the debate about the military covenant centres around, but what about soldiers who return home to find their wife or partner has found a new love? We can’t legislate for love, but soldiers and veterans can, and should, be protected by law from having their children removed from their lives by family courts while they are away defending their country.
The USA has enshrined this in law. The Equal Parenting Alliance calls on the UK Government to …

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[25 Apr 2011 | 7 Comments | 1,209 views]
Leave to remove: an open letter from father of Re D

“it cannot be enough for a judge simply to declare that he
has considered the ‘paramount interests’ of a child. If so, a judge
would be quite at liberty to order that a child be flogged prior to
its being removed to Australia as long as he remembered to ‘tick the
box’ and declare in his judgment that he had carefully considered the
child’s ‘paramount interests’, in accordance with the Children Act.”
An open letter from the litigant-in-person father in Re D (Children)
[2010] EWCA Civ 50
In the “postscript” of Re W (Children) [2011] EWCA Civ 345, …

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[27 Feb 2011 | No comments | 101 views]
Child Support Review – Have Your Say

The government consultation on the future of Child Maintenance runs until 7th April 2011.
The consultation document can be seen on this link
The Equal parenting Alliance will be making a response to the document. If you have any views on it, post them below as a comment, before 18th March 2011, and they will be used to formulate our response.

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[16 Feb 2011 | No comments | 212 views]
Family Justice Review – behind the scenes

MP John Hemming recently put down a written question in Parliament, asking
a) Have any of the FJR panel been involved, either as parents or children, in Family Court proceedings, and
b) Do the panel members have interests in the Family Law Industry?
The written answers from the Minister were (a) No and (b) Yes. This question was a very effective way, I thought, to highlight that this panel has vested interests; they represent those who earn their living from Family Law, rather than representing parents and children.
Against this background it is interesting …