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June 13, 2015
Ethan Minnock back with Dad

Ethan Minnock is back with his Dad

Really pleased to see Ethan Minnock is back with his Dad.

Really annoyed with the police not taking any action against his mother.

Really disappointed with the media coverage.

Really pissed off, as ever, with the Family Court system.

We don’t know all the details of the case because the Family Courts are held in secret but I think we can safely guess that for a court to make an order in favour of the father, there must have been issues with the mother.

I went through the Family Court process for around 7 years and experienced numerous broken orders with no sanction against the mother who broke them. In fact it was me who was threatened with Contempt Of Court charges for daring to name my children on a website. (It’s actually Contempt of Court to make it possible for anyone to identify a child involved in a Family Court case, or for the media to publish those details, unless of course it’s a child of a celebrity in which case different rules seem to apply.)

I’m proud to say I joined Fathers 4 Justice where I met numerous dads in a similar situation to me, a father who was imprisoned for waving at his kids in the street and one who, when he stayed slightly too long on holiday with his kids, was arrested by armed police on a Portuguese beach.

The media coverage in this case has been extremely sympathetic towards the mother but just imagine how a father who did the same would be represented…. and now, the icing on the cake is that she is speaking exclusively to a national newspaper – do we really believe that offer had nothing to do with her giving herself up?

If in her exclusive she reveals any detail about what was said in the Family Court, I would expect that she is immediately arrested and the paper prosecuted.

A couple of good things have come out of this though. The first is that Ethan is back with his Dad, the second is that the double standards of the Family Court system have been highlighted – or at least they will have if the media has the balls to report it truthfully.

The Gingerbread Clan

March 6, 2012

GingerbreadRun, run, as fast as you can – you can’t catch them they’re The Gingerbread Clan.

File this one under ‘equality’ or should that be ‘inequality”.

Gingerbread are a charity that represents single parents – very commendable too – but they have been saying that the Family Law Courts work in the ‘best interests of the child’ when parents end up there.

Nice idea but when Fathers 4 Justice asked them for the proof to back up this statement, Gingerbread failed to rerspond.

And when F4J asked publicly on the Gingerbread Facebook page, Gingerbread blocked them – could they have something to hide?

As I said, Gingerbread exist to support single parents, which presumably should include Dads as well as Mums … remember that equality thing, and have no vested interest in promoting the Family Court system.

Well, F4J did some reseaech and it appears the Gingerbread board might not be quite so equally Dad friendly as they should be,  including someone on the board of CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service), a Family Law barrister and others whose work relates only to women or are outright anti-Fathers 4 Justice.

See more HERE

If Gingerbread really work ‘in the best interest’ of the children, they should reply publicly to F4J and back that statement up.

Taking the Pink

February 27, 2012

Scales of InjusticeI recently saw a blog post from Matt O’Connor of Fathers 4 Justice (HERE) where he responded to a request from a publisher on behalf of a soliciter called Lucy Reed who had written a book and wanted Matt to assist with PR/promotion – he declined in his usual style.

In the blog he explains that Lucy Reed had basically said that F4J shouldn’t have allowed children to speak out against the Family Law system – if the children who suffer can’t be allowed a voice, it really does say a lot about the system.

Lucy responded very unprofessionally to Matt’s reply and a few people went onto her blog to voice opinions, including me using my real world name, John Levis (I use the Aaaaargh! character because I don’t feel a need to boost my personal ego by the way).

You can see the blog, Pink Tape and comments HERE.

To be fair to Lucy she did respond to most of the criticism but in the process she has confirmed everyones belief that lawyers are more interested in the money than the welfare of the children.

F4J HandbookIf you are going through the Family Court system and acting as a Litigant In Person (representing yourself) because you don’t have the funds or don’t trust the lawyers, Lucy’s book of advice is available on her website for £29.50 and will tell you how they want you to do it … but personally I would advise going HERE and downloading the Fathers 4 Justice Handbook which is a thoroughly researched and gives you information you will need to deal with it the best way for you – and the money will help fund Fathers 4 Justice rather than benefit an individual lawyer.