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[26 May 2015 | One Comment | 543 views]

A new study provides compelling evidence that UK Family Courts are getting it wrong. Our courts, and CAFCASS in particular, favour one parent having primary care, believing this to be less disruptive to a child than shared care. This study set out to test that hypothesis, and found the opposite: “Those in joint physical custody report better psychosomatic health than children living mostly or only with one parent.”
Its enormous sample size (nearly 150,000) makes the results statistically very reliable. It concluded shared parenting was better than the UK’s preferred …

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[1 Sep 2014 | No comments | 215 views]

This must be one of the best books I have ever read on any subject. If you read nothing else this year make sure you read:
An exercise in absolute futility
Whatever happened to family justice?
Nick Langford combines an academic researcher’s intellectual rigour with personal experience, as a father who could not believe his own eyes and ears as he stumbled for the first time into the madness which is family law. In his own words:
“this book tells a tale that has never before, I think, been told. It is the …

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[16 Dec 2013 | No comments | 131 views]

Woman jailed for 6 years for plotting to have ex-husband killed.
Man receives life sentence for attempted rape, and served 17 years until his conviction was quashed.
These 2 articles appeared in the same edition of the Birmingham Mail on 13/12/13. There are a number of facets to each of the stories. The man always denied the offence, on grounds of mistaken identity, and the discovery of recent DNA evidence appears to support that defence. The woman had a string of extra-marital affairs, and she tried to hire a hit-man …

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[7 Sep 2010 | 4 Comments | 868 views]

“We live in a culture in which men aren’t allowed to be victims and women aren’t allowed to be anything other than nurturing. However, statistics indicate that female child abusers not only exist, but in numbers approaching those of males.”
She-wolves in sheeps’ clothing
By Elizabeth Willmott Harrop – posted Thursday, 2 September 2010
Female child abusers are the 21st century equivalent of lesbians in the Victorian age: not legislated against because they do not exist. The nature of woman being incapable of “deviancy”, as the bigoted Victorians said. Hence in New Zealand, …

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[19 Apr 2010 | No comments | 300 views]

Irish Times:
“The father has no entitlements, but is usually expected to pay for everything. Even when the mother is responsible for the break-up, the father must subsidise the abduction of his children.”
Family ‘contact centres’ will normalise the wrongdoings of a heartless, misandrist family law system
I COULDN’T help noticing the enthusiastic media welcome for the announcement by Barry Andrews, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, of the possibility of a pilot scheme for “contact centres”. The Minister was responding to a study carried out for the Family Support Agency, calling …

Gender Issues, Opinion »

[16 Mar 2010 | 3 Comments | 179 views]

During BBC’s Big Questions programme this week, Alex Borchardt from Families Need Fathers was howled down for saying that sex discrimination had all but disappeared in the workplace.
Our thanks to gender equality researcher Greg Andreson for this concise analysis of a report published in Australia this week, which backs up what Alex said. Differences in pay and work result from the different choices and priorities men and women have, rather than from discrimination.
“Even though this new report commissioned by the Office for Women found no evidence of discrimination against women …

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[10 Feb 2010 | No comments | 303 views]

75% of child abusers were alienated from one of their parents.
This disturbing consequence of parental alienation has come to light in recent research by the Australian Institute of Criminology.
The Institute found that “Almost three in every four offenders had either no contact or minimal contact with at least one biological parent” (Australian Institute of Criminology Intrafamilial adolescent Sex Offenders: Psychological Profile and Treatment, Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, no. 375, June 2009. p.2).

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[12 Nov 2009 | No comments | 280 views]

In a heated exchange at the Bar Conference this week end, the Chairman of the Bar Standards Board, Baroness Ruth Deech, told the Legal Services Commission Chairman, Bill Callaghan, that he totally misunderstood why Legal Aid costs in Family Law had risen. The reason, she said, is quite simply because “there is so much more family breakdown.”
See the article

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[18 Sep 2009 | One Comment | 134 views]
Ray Barry on Traditional Families

Ray Barry was interviewed on Premier Christian Radio today about the role of traditional families. The interview was about whether traditional family structures are still the best for bringing up children and for wider society at large. Ray (and the EPA) believes that they are. The interview lasted fifteen minutes but unfortunately we only have a one minute excerpt from it online.
Listen to a summary of the interview (about one minute).

Domestic Violence, Gender Issues, Opinion »

[15 Sep 2009 | 2 Comments | 287 views]

This a is a must listen BBC interview. It presents a refreshingly insightful and balanced picture of domestic abuse.
Hear the interview