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Book Review: Justice for Dad – They are my children too

  As the author of Fathers Matter I am frequently contacted by fathers about their ongoing difficulties in maintaining a relationship with their children after separation and/or divorce, and sometimes I am sent books. A few weeks ago I received a copy of Justice for Dad – a title that will resonate with fathers reading…

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Time to focus on mediation…

Due to changes in legislation introduced by the Children & Families Act 2014, there has been a renewed emphasis on the importance of mediation in settling family disputes. But this option of settling disputes is still not that well known in the public domain. Mediation can prevent children being caught in the middle of messy…

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Book Review: The Children Act

    It might seem strange that I’m reviewing a novel on the Fathers Matter blog, but when I heard that Ian McEwan had written a new novel entitled The Children Act I was intrigued. Since I come from a family law background and write legal handbooks pertaining to issues arising out of The Children…

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A new approach to shared parenting

A new approach to shared parenting “Equally shared parenting” is a controversial topic. There are many organizations promoting equally shared parenting (ESP) but what is striking about Leading Women for Shared Parenting (LW4SP) is the organization’s approach to the issue. That is because LW4SP is an International Children’s Advocacy Organization and, as such, its whole…

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How to avoid the new child maintenance service fees

The controversial topic of child maintenance is in the news again. Back in 2003 when I wrote the first edition of Fathers Matter my comment in relation to The Child Support Act 1991 and the Child Support Agency was that, ‘the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.’ Fast-forward eleven years and these latest…

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A landmark day in Family Law

Today has seen the implementation of some major family law reforms including the introduction of a Single Family Court, a new Public Law Outline and the Child Arrangements Programme. When I wrote the 3rd Edition of my legal handbook Fathers Matter last year I set out changes the Government was expected to implement. I recently…

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