Canada needs a rebuttable presumption of equal shared
parenting. This principle should be the starting point for
"best interests of the child" deliberations.
Equality advocates have been encouraging Family Law makers to
incorporate, into Family Law, a Rebuttable Presumption that Equal Shared
Parenting is in the best interest of children following separation or
Bill C-78, the current bill in parliament, introduced May 22, 2018,
does not endorse a Rebuttable Presumption that Equal Shared Parenting is
necessary. However, many Canadians, almost 80%, have viewed their favour
for Equal Shared Parenting; family research studies have shown that Equal
Shared Parenting provides better outcomes for children than in unequal
parenting situations following separation or divorce. Our lawmakers are
again making bills that do not follow the interests of Canadians and
children. Why? The answer may be found by looking at the enormous size of
the divorce industry and the momentum that it has. The industry itself
does not want to change. A Presumption of Equal Parenting would change the
industry by discouraging lengthy court battles and years of conflict that
stem from greed and unwarranted senses of entitlement; Bar Associations
and other vested interest groups are the primary opponents of equality in
We encourage everyone to write to their Member of Parliament to endorse
their concern that Equal Parenting is necessary and that a Rebuttable
Presumption in Family Law be in favour of Equal Shared Parenting for the
best interest of children and their families.
Find your Member of Parliament and send a copy to Justice Minister, Jody
Wilson-Raybould; and to Minister of Families, Children and Social
Development, Jean-Yves Duclos.
An excellent article that summarizes how
alienation between fathers and their children is a direct consequence of the
discrimination by court systems. It explains how the effect of
fatherlessness is one of the social ills of our time yet the court systems
actively promote it as a matter of public policy. It
goes on to explain how it's done to
benefit a wealthy special interest group.
Family law is a $50 billion industry in
the United States alone which removes one parent for every divorce; almost
The article states that lawyers, judges,
senators, psychologists, social workers and the general public know how the
system fails but don't do anything to change it. For example, senator Wayne
Wallingford has acknowledged that fatherlessness in general is not
caused by abandonment but by an outdated court system.
Turnbull government orders first ever review of
the Family Law Act
The Turnbull government is expected to shortly commence the biggest review
of the Family Law Act since it was introduced in 1976, amid pressure from
Pauline Hanson to address the rights of fathers under the Act.
Father of boy, Jacob Clarke, killed by mother with mental health
problems, says that the family law system discriminates against fathers
Mr Mick Clarke, the father, spent 1 1/2 years pleading with the Federal
Circuit Court to protect his son Jacob, 7, but said his concerns about the
mental health of the mother fell on deaf ears and the boy remained in the
care of his mother, Tanyia Hewson, also known as Rose, 42.
On September 17th-20th, 2017 a coalition of leading advocates for
parental equality, family court reform, and foster care and CPS reform are
uniting together to march on the US Capitol in Washington, D.C. This will be
a revolutionary four-day event of rallies, legislative lobbying,
collaboration, and education. Read
Some of the collaborating organizations include the following:
The Coalition for the Protection of Children
The Father's Rights Movement
Judicial Accountability Movement (JAM)
Mommy Interrupted Radio Show
United States Brotherhood of Fathers (USBF)
Mothers Against Family Abuse (MAFA LLC)
Operation Real Dad Legal Defense Fund,
Fighting For Men's Parenting Rights
Americans for Shared Parenting, a new group for the support of social
change and the passing of laws for equal parenting, was formed July 17, 2017
in Sunset Hills, St. Louis, Missouri. This means
advocating for a "Rebuttable Presumption" as a starting point for
equality when parents go to court over child custody. Among the special
guests were local politicians and Suzanne
Venker, a national authority on the declining presence of male role models
in American families. Suzanne, author and commentarian, has stated that society
is creating a crop of alpha females who are unable to love.
Israeli court issues landmark child
support ruling for divorcee dads
It is a tiny step forward, but the discrimination against fathers
continues in Israel. Judge rules, when a mother's income is equal to or
greater than a father's income, the obligation of the mother to share in
child support applies only to that part of the child support that exceeds
essential needs, so that in general, the father's share will still be
Father's Day: Journey from honouring to discrimination leading to
Fathers' Rights movement
Father's Day is the Third Sunday of June and has been a day to honour
fathers for their hard work and dedication to their families. However, over
the years, commercialism has made it into a day of tokenism. Moreover,
governmental interventions and the development of family laws that unjustly
favour women have made Father's Day into a day to raise awareness of the
discrimination of fathers, and a day to petition governments for equality
and Fathers' Rights. Anti-discrimination campaigns and the Father's Rights
movement support equally shared parenting with equal child custody for the
best interest of the children and their families. Due to biases in family
courts anti-discrimination campaigns and the fathers' rights movement are
Fathers Denied Paid Parental Leave by JP Morgan Financial Services
Discrimination by JP Morgan bank for denying fathers the same amount of
paid leave as mothers prompted Derek Rotondo to file a class action charge
against the bank who refused to pay this father for the 16 weeks that they
pay women for.
Traditionally mothers have had the luxury of being offered jobs and
working conditions that allow flexible work hours that facilitate parenting
around the hours that children are in school. Today, employers expect
fathers to devote their time to their jobs as is deemed necessary by the
employer. Unlike mothers, little consideration is given for men who are
fathers and wish to balance their work with their fatherhood
Shared parental pay: father wins sex discrimination case
When a father's wife decides to work, instead of looking after the
newborn child, leaving the responsibility to the father, the father's
employer does not match his shared parental pay with that of the female
employees at Capita Customer Management Ltd.
International Parental Alienation Awareness Day 25 April 2017
Families Need Fathers Scotland is an organization based in Edinburgh.
They are using the day to enlighten politicians, judges, lawyers and other
professionals who work with families.
Ian Maxwell, National Manager of FNF Scotland, explains:
"As awareness grows of parental alienation and the damage that it does
to all the parties concerned - even the alienating parent - we hope that
ways of working with affected families to counteract and undo alienation can
be developed and improved in Scotland. The family courts also need to
develop an understanding of how best to handle such cases.
Families Need Fathers Scotland is marking Parental Alienation Awareness
Day by launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to support
innovative work to counter alienation. We also are seeking to raise the
topic in the Scottish Parliament on the Awareness Day." Read more ...
The French Minister of Families tries to delete "PAS" and
"PA" before term expires in May 2017
Laurence Rossignol, Minister of Family, plans to proscribe (to
denounce, outlaw, and forbid) the use of the ideological concepts called
PAS (Parental Alienation Syndrome) and PA (Parental Alienation). Read
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
balanced child custody proposed
Feb 19, 2017
of this letter is to request your readers to support Senate Bill 189, a bill
to push a more balanced child custody law that would lead to more equal
parenting time after divorce. Read
Divorces are skewed
by judges' outdated chivalry, says female peer pushing for cap on payments
This is a great article outlining how judges are responsible for the
outlandish payments that men make to women. It goes on to explain how this
is in no way helping women be responsible. Read
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
International Conference on Shared Parenting
Mark your Calendar Now for a Unique Opportunity in 2017
First, attend the International Conference on Shared Parenting 2017 (ICSP
2017) on May 29 - 31, 2017 at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston.
Then, attend the AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts)
2017 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel immediately after the close of ICSP 2017
on May 31, 2017, a five minute walk from the Westin.
At ICSP 2017, a stellar international cast of speakers has already
confirmed their participation, including many of the top parenting
researchers in the world, with more on the way. The following is a list of
the speakers with some information about them:
Malin Bergstrom (Sweden)
Found that "Children in joint physical custody suffered from
less psychosomatic problems than those living mostly or only with
one parent but reported more symptoms than those in nuclear
William Fabricius (USA)
"The reason that the
practice of equal parenting time lags the consensus about its value,
despite much evidence that fathers desire more parenting time (see
Fabricius et al., 2010), appears to be that fathers do not bargain
harder because of the guidance they receive from attorneys, and
their own widespread belief, that the system has a maternal
His work in family relationships has focused on the role of
fathers and the importance of their relationships with children.
This includes traditional and non-traditional families, single
fathers, families in economic struggle, and those at risk regarding
domestic violence. He has researched how custody arrangements affect
paternal relationships with children and the need for shared
Among 500 articles and 40 books Michael Lamb is the author of THE
ROLE OF THE FATHER IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT available here.
Patrick Parkinson (Australia)
Professor of law at the
University of Sydney
In his book FAMILY LAW AND THE INDISSOLUBILITY OF PARENTHOOD
(available here), Patrick
Parkinson argues that, rather than just being about gender, the
conflicts in family law derive from the breakdown of the model on
which divorce reform was predicated in the late 1960s and early
In his book co-written with Judy Cashmore, THE VOICE OF A CHILD
IN FAMILY LAW DISPUTES (available here)
investigates the difficulties and dangers in seeking to hear from
children, because they may be subject to pressure from each parent
to express views that support his or her case.
Sanford Braver (USA)
Sanford Braver's special emphasis is
dealing with the issues facing divorced fathers as they struggle to
maintain their parenting roles after divorce.
His work has been published in over 60 peer-reviewed professional
articles and chapters, and in the acclaimed 1998 book Divorced
dads: Shattering the myths (Tarcher/Penguin-Putnam) (available here).
This book was a report of his ground-breaking work leading the
largest federally-supported research project ever conducted on
divorced fathers. As perhaps the leading expert in the country on
the dynamics of fathering after divorce, he is in demand as a
consultant to such entities as President Clinton's National
Fatherhood Initiative, the National Commission for Child and Family
Welfare, and the State of Arizona's Domestic Relations Reform
Subcommittee, and as a speaker and presenter, having delivered over
Edward Kruk (Canada)
Kruk is Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of
British Columbia, specializing in child and family policy.
Edward's first book, DIVORCE AND
DISENGAGEMENT (available here), was
the first in-depth study of the experiences of divorced fathers and
the phenomenon of father absence after divorce.
an article on www.fira.ca
, CHILD CUSTODY, ACCESS AND PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY: THE SEARCH FOR
A JUST AND EQUITABLE STANDARD Kruk explains how the primary focus
of this report is the determination of child custody when parents
cannot agree on post-separation parenting arrangements, and
negotiation efforts have failed in this regard. The primary
recommendation of the report is the establishment of a legally
rebuttable physical joint custody presumption for such cases, also
known as the "shared parental responsibility" approach.
Shared parental responsibility is defined as children spending at
least 40 per cent of their time with each parent after separation
and divorce. It will be argued that this is the most effective means
to ensure that children maintain existing attachments with each of
1991 Linda Nielsen has been teaching her "Fathers &
Daughters" course - the only college course in the country that
focuses exclusively on father-daughter relationships. Her
current research focuses on father-daughter relationships and shared
residential parenting in divorced families. In addition to having
written numerous research articles for scholarly journals such as
the Harvard Educational Review, Dr. Nielsen has written five books
on adolescence and father-daughter relationships.
her book, FATHER-DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIPS: CONTEMPORARY RESEARCH
AND ISSUES (available here) Linda explains the importance
of the father's role on daughters and the changing patterns of
these roles. Factors that can weaken father-daughter
relationships, such as divorce, including various theoretical
perspectives, are explored.
Richard Warshak (USA)
Richard Warshak is a clinical
and research psychologist and author. He is internationally renowned
for his expertise on divorce, child custody, and parental
alienation. Warshak has written three books, THE CUSTODY
REVOLUTION (available here),
DIVORCE POISON: PROTECTING THE PARENT-CHILD BOND FROM A VINDICTIVE
EX (available here), and the
revised edition, DIVORCE POISON: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY FROM
BAD-MOUTHING AND BRAINWASHING (available here).
He has also served as a White House consultant on family law reform.
With the endorsement of 110 of the world's top experts Warshak
"Just as we encourage shared parenting in two-parent
homes, the evidence shows that shared parenting should be the norm
for children of all ages, including sharing the overnight care for
very young children."
To maximize children's chances of having long lasting
relationships and secure attachments to each parent, Warshak's
consensus report encourages both parents after their separation to
maximize the time they spend with their children, including the
sharing of overnight parenting time.
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Précis of article:
Neil Lyndon writes in The Telegraph how anti-discrimination fathers' groups
see this article as a bittersweet account of how courts possess the ability
to see things properly yet rarely do.
"Canadian Man Awarded Daughter's Full Guardianship," now he's a
father's rights activist
Jakob Letkemann faced the biggest challenge of his, or maybe
anyone's life: the battle for custody of his three-year old daughter, Darian. He struggled through exhausting and heartrending court battles,
during which time the 40-year old resident of Salt Spring Island, located
off the west coast of British Columbia, found himself on an emotional
roller-coaster ride, falsely accused of various abuses as he sought to
prevail against a system biased against fathers.
An excellent federal program in 3 Michigan counties that unconventionally
attempts to build family instead of destroy it. In Kalamazoo, Muskegon and
Macomb counties the program uses federal money that would have otherwise
gone towards placing children in foster care.
is blatant discrimination against fathers. Obviously the police and the
schools don't care about children; they only care about their job security,
their pay cheques and their pensions.
father should be seen as a hero. The world needs to respect fathers.
more fathers took their fatherly role more seriously the world would be a
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A Fatherless America -The Movie
Fatherless America" is a hard hitting exposé which
reveals how an unfair system of family laws and imposed belief systems in
America are removing the male influence from children's lives. The
film's creator, Tommy Sotomayor, has traveled throughout the USA exploring
the justice system as well as providing compelling interviews with celebrity
dads and regular dads alike who express consistent and overlapping issues
when dealing with single fatherhood, and the iniquitous and biased demands
of child support. The child support system, which has completely
marginalized men and encouraged the absence of fathers from the lives of
their children, has created the problems that you see in America today such
as violence, high rates of teenage pregnancy and other social ills.
The film examines stories of fathers, mothers and children as well as
provides key insight from members in the legal field.
A wave of outrage swept social media after a series of posters went
up in London last week saying, "Domestic violence: dads - have
the strength to change".
posters, put up across the Royal Borough of Greenwich, show a boy
crying as a woman tries to defend herself from a man angrily raising a
hand to her. The message of fear is simple: dads are violent and a
risk to women and children.
The Office of the Children's Lawyer is a law office in the Ministry of
the Attorney General that is suppose to provide justice on behalf of
children under 18. This office and those representing it, the
clinical investigators, prepare reports for the court in a custody/access
proceeding to assist lawyers who are representing the children in court,
such as the Family Court in Oshawa.
Now this all sounds nice and very protective of the rights and best wishes