Activist: Father’s Day ‘should be renamed’

September 8, 2017 9 comments

family law

An Australian activist has caused outrage online after she suggested Father’s Day should be renamed “Special Person’s Day”. Dr Red Ruby Scarlet, who has a doctorate in early childhood studies, believes that the change would be beneficial to many children, as well as wider families. During a recent appearance on Australian television, she said her…

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Cafcass report ‘betrayed the trust’ of fathers (update)

August 1, 2017 41 comments

family life

Campaigning charity Families Need Fathers (FNF) has condemned last week’s joint report by Cafcass and Women’s Aid as ‘betraying the trust’ of fathers. The report claimed that no less than 62 per cent of all applications to the courts regarding arrangements for children feature allegations of domestic violence. The figure was based on an analysis…

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Why do some fathers think they shouldn’t pay child maintenance?

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July 5, 2017 40 comments

family law

The four billion pound question* Last week the single parent charity Gingerbread published a report in which it described how many parents avoided their liability for child maintenance, due to ‘loopholes’ in the system. Gingerbread acknowledged that not all of these parents were ‘maintenance dodgers’, reneging on the responsibility every parent has to contribute to…

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