Protests are still happening in Britain. Here in the states, the reform movements are having a difficult time getting any traction.
A fathers’ rights activist has been charged with criminal damage after setting up camp on Justice Secretary Chris Grayling’s roof.
Martin Matthews, 47, of Middlemead Road, Bookham, was arrested yesterday evening following a day and night on top of Mr Grayling’s home in Ashtead.
Mr Matthews has been released on conditional bail and will appear at South East Surrey Magistrates Court on September 8.
Police were called to the house at about 12.15am yesterday and erected scaffolding in the afternoon so that a negotiator could reach him.
At the time the BBC said Mr Matthews gave them advice about the scaffolding saying “Don’t wanna go breaking tiles”.
He climbed up with supplies at 9pm on Tuesday night and unfurled a banner. A photograph provided by New Fathers for Justice shows him apparently mooning.
The group said: “This is another protest to highlight the injustice parents face in the present family court system.”
via Fathers’ rights activist charged with criminal damage after camping out on MP’s roof (From Your Local Guardian).
Here is an excellent example of how the child support industry is out of control.
Fathers’ rights groups across the U.S. are calling out Arizona court officials for showing what they believe is a miscarriage of justice in the case of Nick Olivas.
Olivas was 14 years old when he conceived a daughter with a then 20-year-old woman. The year was 2006, and yet he wouldn’t learn about the fact until just two years ago. The state of Arizona came knocking, saying the Phoenix native owed child support.
According to court papers, he has a past balance of around $15,000, plus 10 percent. The state has already seized money from his bank account and takes $380 from his paycheck each month.
via Fathers’ Rights Groups Rally Behind Nick Olivas In Odd Rape-Child Support Case | Fox News Latino.
Most people have no idea what it is like to be denied any contact with your own children. the situation is doubly hard when you go out to try and right this injustice, and you are met with dismissal. This father’s reaction is totally understandable, yet, he is the one in trouble, not those in the system who inflict such suffering on others. The word of the day, folks, is “obey!”
A FATHERS’ rights campaigner must carry out unpaid work in the community after being convicted of threatening an MSP and a BBC reporter.
Brian McKerrow threatened SNP politician Christina McKelvie and repeatedly phoned Panorama journalist Sam Poling.
The 42-year-old, of Larkhall, Lanarkshire, had been on trial at Hamilton Sheriff Court, defending himself.
He was convicted and yesterday a sheriff ordered him to carry out 300 hours’ community service.
The court heard Ms McKelvie say he had threatened to “take up arms” against her if she would not take on his case.
The pair first met while she was out campaigning in Hamilton during the 2011 Holyrood elections.
McKerrow had wanted her assistance in getting access to his children but launched into rants against Ms McKelvie and her office staff after he was told she could not help.
The MSP said: “I have never been as unnerved as I have been with Mr McKerrow. At one point he told me that he knew people in the military who would sort us out.”
Sheriff Vincent Smith decided not to impose a custodial sentence but gave him unpaid work as a direct alternative to jail.
McKerrow said he planned to appeal the sentence.
via Fathers’ rights man convicted for threats | Herald Scotland.
There are so many stories like this. So much pain – carrying forward from one generation to the next. We call ourselves a modern civilized society based on laws and concepts of universal justice, yet time and again we see the laws allow such obvious injustice. We are not a civilized society, we are an insane society.
If anyone seeing this now is able to assist this father and family, it is a start in the battle against the forces that create this kind of world.
In January Christian walked in the door of the home he shared with his fiance to find her packing. She told him that she’d met someone else; they’d gotten married just a few days before and she was taking Christian’s daughter, Evie to live with her new husband in Virginia. At that moment, she and Christian were still living together; in fact the day she married another man Christian brought her flowers. He wasn’t able to file an injuction quickly enough to keep the mother of his child from leaving their home in the state of Colorado, so within days she was gone with his two year old daughter, leaving no forwarding address: just a stunned and heartbroken father. Christian and his daughter found themselves in a situation seemingly ripped from a daytime talk show.
I’m Christian’s sister. I worked with our family & friends to create this page for my brother and my niece, who I dearly love. Our family is providing all the financial and emotional support we can but the necessary legal fees are quickly surpassing our means. We’d like to offer thank-you’s for the financial help provided with “rewards”. Please let me know if you have ANY questions by emailing BringEvieHome@gmail.com.
via Bring Evie Home. by Ashlie Beal-Ewen – GoFundMe.
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In Britain, fathers face the same challenges that they do in America as well as in Canada. Something has gone extremely wrong since the advent of no-fault divorce. Fathers are treated as a threat by many who currently have power in the area of family law and family courts, as well as the immense industry of specialists (sometimes called the “whores of the court”) that has arisen around divorce, child support and custody matters. Coming out of court, many fathers are profoundly shaken when they discover they are nothing but a paycheck. Their manhood, their father hood, all of it comes down to nothing more than money. What a world we live in.
John Forsyth, of Families Need Fathers (FNF) Scotland, says: “We often hear [them saying]: ‘I felt I was assumed to be guilty of something, but the stronger I argued my case to carry on being the father to my kids, the more I could see suspicion in their eyes.'”
Fathers talk about the court process being profoundly shocking, feeling as if they are on trial and can only have contact if they can prove their worth.
via Inside Track: Time to speak up for the rights of fathers | Herald Scotland.
The problem is that it is often the offending parent… the one who really wants to hurt the other, who can change everything by just a few carefully worded statements that invoke the domestic violence statutes. Once you have run afoul of that, you are screwed. It is an unholy situation brought about by some really man hating people over the last 25 years.
Fathers today spend more time than ever with their kids, experiencing just as much stress as women in balancing work and family, if not more. But when couples divorce and a custody dispute hits the courts, too many judges award custody to mom, according fathers’ rights groups.
Ned Holstein, head of the National Parents Organization, formerly called Fathers and Families, says research shows that children do better academically and emotionally when they see a lot of each parent.
“We believe family courts are actively hurting kids,” by not awarding joint custody more often, says Holstein. The best legislation, he says, favors joint custody, so long as both parents are fit and there’s been no domestic violence.
via Push to change custody laws: What’s best for kids? | 89.3 KPCC.
If you are a father you will not ever want to experience what many fathers in Utah are experiencing by having their parental rights stripped away by a law that give mothers the right to legally kidnap your baby. According to Fox News, the state law “allows mothers to put their babies up for adoption without the biological father’s consent, or sometimes even knowledge.”
Now at least a dozen men are standing up for their fatherhood rights and taking the state of Utah to federal court in a concerted effort to regain their parental rights. The fathers contend in their lawsuit that the state’s Utah Adoption Act is nothing more than “legalized fraud and kidnapping.”
via Are Mothers Using Utah Law For Legal Kidnapping of Fathers’ Rights to Babies? – Cleveland Conservative | Examiner.com.
Utah may make it easier for unwed fathers to protect their rights no matter where they live by joining with other states to share confidential paternity filings.
The Senate Health and Human Services Standing Committee gave a nod to SB63, which creates an interstate compact to share putative father registry information. Adoption agencies and attorneys are supposed to search such registries to locate unwed fathers who want to be notified of adoption proceedings.
via Utah may take lead in protection of fathers’ rights in adoption cases | The Salt Lake Tribune.
In Oklahoma, the wounds are still fresh following the losing battle last year of Dusten Brown for custody of his biological daughter, known as Baby Veronica.
Veronica was adopted at birth by a South Carolina couple who’d arranged the adoption with Veronica’s mother, estranged from Brown. But a court there later awarded custody to Brown. The case went to the U.S. Supreme Court. Ultimately, Brown lost his daughter to Matt and Melanie Capobianco.
Now Oklahoma Rep. Wade Rousselot has written a bill dubbed Veronica’s Law and known officially as the Oklahoma Truth in Adoption Act, which would require biological fathers to appear in front of a judge to relinquish rights before an adoption could proceed. Continue reading Editorial: Veronica’s Law? Making fathers’ rights ‘crystal clear’ – Tulsa World: Editorials
A female lawmaker from Port Orchard says men in Washington are being unfairly forced to pay child support for children who aren’t theirs, and the state should let them escape that burden.
A measure introduced by state Sen. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, would allow a man to challenge his status as a child’s legal parent in court if genetic tests prove he is not the father.
Current law in Washington generally only gives fathers four years to challenge a child’s parentage, and assumes a man is the father if he was married to the child’s mother close to the child’s birth date.
Angel’s bill would let a man try to sever his legal ties to a child at any time within two years of learning he is not the child’s biological father — whether the child’s age is 5 or 15.
If a man’s request to sever paternity were granted by a judge, he would no longer have to pay child support for the child, even if he previously acknowledged himself to be the parent or was married to the mother at the time of the child’s birth. Continue reading Bill could let men sever child support with DNA test results | Legislature | The News Tribune