I wish this book had been around when I went through my contemptible experiences
at the hands of the Family Courts. It would have helped explain what was happening
to me. It could have been the clear, cool voice of knowledge, experience, understanding
and sympathy that is necessary to take men through the grief and pain and loss of
having their children taken from them simply on the basis of their being male -
Sir Bob Geldof KBE (Comments on the First Edition)
Celia Conrad has a true understanding of a father's dilemma. This was the best money I ever spent!
James Smythe, London
Having made some enquiries about solicitors' hourly charge out rates and discovering
that I would have to pay a minimum of £140.00 per hour in my area I calculated that
this book would only cost me the equivalent of about 8.5 minutes of a solicitor's
time. Let's face it -
Martin Brookes, Hammersmith
Discriminated against by the legal system; bled dry by solicitors fees -
Alan Johnston, Scottish Fathers Rights Organisation
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?
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
This book was a bargain. It's more than paid for itself with the money I've saved on lawyers.
R Hossein, Bradford
Every father should have this book. It answers all the questions we need to know.
M Bradley, Stafford
I wish I had had this book at the start of my case -
A Khan, Ealing
This book is so helpful and easy to read. It should be in every public library so that every father can refer to it.
B Campbell, County Antrim
National Society for Children and Family Contact highly recommends the book Fathers
National Society for Children and Family Contact
The best guide on the market!
Jonathan Masterton, Lewes, Sussex
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
This work is judiciously balanced: it is thoughtful and practical, introducing a complex theme with lucidness and order. The ease with which the reader feels guided through this difficult territory is a tribute to the carefulness and wisdom of its writer.
Mr E Bigden, Suffolk
Celia Conrad is an clear authority on this topic and her mastery of detail is abundant throughout. Discussion about the rights of fathers in child custody debates has tended to be dominated by rather sensationalist news items on fathers in superhero costumes on bridges or Bob Geldof, so it was refreshing and informative to read a cool yet compassionate assessment of current legal practice. I recommend it highly to anyone going through these events.
Mr S Boughey, London
Books in this area tend to be either dry-
Mr T Hochstrasser, Greater London
What a welcome to my bookshelf the new, revised version of this book has been. Recommended by a friend at a difficult time, when my marriage and family unit suffered irretrievable breakdown, Conrad's support for the father's side (without opposing that of the mother's) proved to be a lifeline to my progress, especially as I had already wasted considerable time and money out of ignorance of family law and how it works.
I needed a book which would clearly show my paternal rights and help me to prepare a legal case to clarify my rights over my children. I looked at quite a few books, several written by dads who had been through similar turmoil, but they only offered emotional support where this lawyer/author offered considerable legal substance in additional to the emotional.
Set in three parts and written in easy, understandable English, it is comprehensive,
concise and in no way condescending. Part one considers the effect of separation
on children and fathers, where so often books seem to favour those of the mother
and children. Part two is right up to date on current issues and changes to the law
with additional sections-
In all, as a total 'dad friendly' package, it reassured me in times of doubt, bolstered my confidence to proceed, and assisted my knowledge and understanding at a very difficult time of my life. Needless to say, my own outcome was positive and my rights to the children have been fairly secured, in no small part due to this book. It is the only piece of literature you will need; an absolute find!
Mr H Grant, Shropshire
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