I have met and heard the tragic stories of many parents. PA is a function, by and large, of a custodial ex-partner, although some alienation can start while the couple is still together.

This blog is a story of experiences and observations of dysfunctional Family Law (FLAW), an arena pitting parent against parent, with children as the prize. Due to the gender bias in Family Law, that I have observed, this Blog has evolved from a focus solely on PA to one of the broader Family/Children's Rights area and the impact of Feminist mythology on Canadian Jurisprudence and the Divorce Industry.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Fathers 4 Justice Canada ~ Jailed for Being a Dad

1-888-F4J Canada

Press release

Contact: Kris Titus Phone: 1-888-345-2262 ext.703

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2009

For Immediate Release July 14, 2009
Jailed for Being a Dad
Alienated father tells the court, "No Kids, No Money"
An F4J Fathers 4 Justice member has gone to jail for 20 days for his independent protest and refusal to pay child support arrears for children he has, by the courts own admittance, been alienated from.
Richard Coulter, 47, of Cookstown, ON was yesterday sent to Central North Correctional Facility, for telling the court, "No kids, No money."
Mr. Coulter has seen his children once in 5 years, despite repeated attempts to try to maintain contact.
While Mr. Coulter has fallen behind in child support, moneys owed to him for the division of the matrimonial home are yet to be paid, and his access was never enforced.
In his speech to Justice Mulligan today, Richard said, "Your system allowed this person, not only to dismantle the family, but you also gave her the authority and allowed her to make me homeless, fatherless, childless and jobless."
In a recent order of April 6th, Justice Guy Ditomaso said, "Further, his children were alienated by _____ in that he was never able to see them and for this reason, his ability to pay child support was also impacted."
Kris Titus, National Coordinator of F4J Fathers 4 Justice says, "Although we don't recommend our members to take this type of action, we know how Mr. Coulter and his new spouse feel. This is what happens when the system is just too imbalanced for both parents to survive and thrive after divorce. We hear from a lot of second families and fathers just struggling to feed themselves after support payments."
The group has concerns for Mr. Coulter's welfare as the prison is otherwise known as Penetang Super Jail and houses 1500 inmates. The prison has previously been clouded by contraversy and health and safety issues including the death of a prisoner.
F4J Fathers 4 Justice Canada believes the best 'child support' is equal parenting. "It is important that parents are allowed to support their children in all ways, physically, spiritually, and emotionally, as well as financially," says Titus. "People are just plain fed up."
Studies have shown that those who see their children regularly more frequently keep their child support obligations.
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CONTACT: Canada National Coordinator, Kris Titus 1-888-345-2262 ext. 703

National Website for more information about F4J Fathers 4 Justice Canada Canada: www.f4jcanada.ca

National Action website: www.f4jcanada.com
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2 comments:

mkg4583 said...

I understand protest, but to protest a violation of the law without support is not effective.

What would be effective is if 1 Million NCPs refused to pay child support in one state, or another until visitation laws are enforced equally to child support laws.

Many of us have faced this over and over again including me. If all of those most men and women refused to pay child support until all of the state and government passed legislation that gave equal access, then that would be effective.

Just a thought.

mkg4583 said...

Also, I think to protest "after" the fact makes you look like a "deadbeat" dad.

To protest before, and to announce to the world that you will not pay child support, until you and all other have equal access to custodial rights, makes you look like a "political activist" dad.