Sunday 22 October 2017

Why I expected nothing from a Family Bill that does nothing for fathers, or their family relationships

Frances Fitzgerald
Frances Fitzgerald
John Waters

John Waters

Since I have had no expectations at all concerning the Children and Family Relationships Bill, I am not disappointed to discover that it does nothing for either children or family relationships as conventionally understood.

For two decades, I have been seeking to draw attention to issues adversely affecting families and children in the context of divorce, the cruelty of so-called "family courts" and the absence of legal protections for the relationships between unmarried fathers and their children.

Year after year, government after government, I have taken at face value promises made by innumerable politicians, and one by one they have done nothing or made things worse.

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