‘The idea for the first edition of this book was conceived as long ago as 1999, while I was still working in private practice. One father, for whom my then firm was acting, asked me if I had considered writing a book to help address fathers’ issues.
The content of this book stemmed from a number of conversations I had with male clients during the course of their relationship break-
Essentially what they were looking for was a user-
I did not write Fathers Matter because I am pro fathers and anti mothers, but to highlight the areas of concern fathers expressly requested I address, to provide the information they need and to help raise their profile. In fact much of the material in this book is of relevance to both parents and anyone connected to a party in this situation, not just fathers. It has been my intention to set out the material in the book succinctly and coherently for those reading it; it is not intended to be a legal textbook.
I do not advocate (no pun intended) the use of solicitors in this book, but merely point out situations where it might be necessary to take legal advice. Having worked as a specialist family lawyer in private practice and, having listened to my clients and fathers in the course of my research, I have taken on board the concerns and criticisms raised against the legal profession, particularly solicitors, which is why there is a section dedicated to chosing one in the book. Mindful that there are an increasing number of fathers acting in person either through choice or out of necessity, due to cuts in legal aid, in this third edition I have expanded the chapter on litigants in person and given helpful pointers throughout the text to assist those who may be representing themselves. Although this is not a legal textbook, it is heavily footnoted as I feel it is very important that fathers, whether they are represented or not, have necessary reference material to hand when dealing with the legal profession and the judiciary.’