Fathers Matter, the Essential Guide to Contact on Separation and Divorce

This best-selling and practical handbook, now in its third edition, is the essential guide for fathers seeking contact with their children after separation and/or divorce, and all those connected with a father in that situation including grandparents and members of the extended family. Divided into three parts, it explains with clarity and compassion how the law affects all categories of fathers and navigates the reader through this increasingly complicated area of family law.


Since the 2nd Edition of Fathers Matter was published in March 2007 there have been significant developments and reforms in this area of family law…

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Please click the link below to view the downloadable PDF of the contents of the book and some sample pages.

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Every FATHER Should Read This

This book highlights the issues of concern and hurdles facing fathers on separation and/or divorce and offers practical and invaluable guidance on how to deal with these issues…

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Fathers Matter is divided into three parts. It explains with clarity and compassion how the law affects all categories of fathers and navigates the reader through this increasingly complicated area of family law.

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Fathers Matter – Part 1

Dealing with the effects of father separation
Deals with the effects on the family

Fathers Matter – Part 2

Dealing witht the effects of family law

Deals with the current law

Fathers Matter – Part 3

Fathers Matter - ongoing issuesDeals with the ongoing issues

What our reader's have said
  • Fathers Matter has been an invaluable source of information for our programme.

    S Feilden, Films of Record, Series Producer for the March 2010 BBC2 programme Who needs fathers?
  • Celia Conrad has made a complex and agonizing situation so much more bearable. Having a comprehensive guide to hold onto and steer a course is just marvellous. Dealing with real situations, and real problems in a real world, this book is written with    real understanding by a person with real experience on the subject. It is an invaluable real help. Every father should have one!

    J Angel, Glasgow
  • National Society for Children and Family Contact highly recommends the book Fathers Matter- a guide to contact on separation and divorce by Celia Conrad. This is an indispensable and user-friendly step-by-step guide to all the issues relevant to any father seeking or trying to maintain contact with his children. The book covers all the pitfalls for fathers including how to avoid wasted legal costs by explaining how the family legal system works and its limitations for fathers. We at National Society for Children and Family Contact regard this as not only an essential guide, but one which genuinely will assist fathers and considerably reduce their legal costs by dealing with legal issues in a clear and constructive way.

    National Society for Children and Family Contact
  • Books in this area tend to be either dry-as-dust legal tomes or splashy and imprecisely over-emotional attacks on or defences of the rights of fathers. Ms Conrad succeeds brilliantly in navigating the choppy waters between these reefs by presenting an    excellent compendium of legal advice, common sense wisdom and compassionate insight that is always highly readable and engaging. It is a classic (and rare) example of  how to put the precise needs of readers ahead of the vanity of authors.

    Mr T Hochstrasser, Greater London
  • I found Fathers Matter in my local library. I took out six books but this was the only one that was any good so I bought it. I recommend it to all fathers in this predicament.

    M Rogers, Ewell
  • Every father should have this book. It answers all the questions we need to know.

    M Bradley, Stafford