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.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

In the UK ~ Dad's clean-up mission for fathers' rights

Good work Jason. Its a very symbolic way to tell the Family Courts they need to clean up their act!MJM

Dad's  clean-up mission for fathers' rights

Sunday, August 16, 2009, 11:00

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A NO-NONSENSE Heathfield father is threatening to cause havoc in court in a bid to change the law.

Jason Sands, 37, is Sussex spokesman for New Fathers for Justice, a controversial group dedicated to campaigning for improved rights for fathers in the settlement of child custody.

The group have grabbed media attention by organising demonstrations around the country dressed as super-heroes and Mr Sands is currently working on his latest stunt, entitled Clean Up Family Law.

Dressed as Batman, Mr Sands is planning to attend law courts across the region carrying a cleaning in progress sign and a vacuum cleaner.

He warned: "I have asked around and they can't stop me entering. Once I'm in I'll plug it in and start cleaning."

Should he be deemed to be excessively disrupting proceedings, Mr Sands risks being found in contempt of court which could lead to legal action against him.

Spokeswoman, Tania Shillam of Her Majesty's Court Service said the court would take "appropriate action" to prevent any disruption being caused.

Mr Sands' latest campaign follows his involvement in a demonstration in Oxford earlier this year where a group staged a protest on Carfax Tower.

"People say you should write letters, but I have sent 3,000 emails and written to every MP in the country and received eight pathetic responses," said Mr Sands.

Mr Sands explained that what New Fathers for Justice wanted was for Family Court cases to be opened up to the general public to ensure fair dealing, and that the presumption in any trial should be 50/50 custody between the parents.

New laws came into force in April this year giving greater access for media to family courts, but the media still cannot report any matters that may concern a child unless give specific permission by the court.

"Judges at the moment seem to simply interpret 'the child's best interest' as being with the mother, no matter what," said Mr Sands.

As part of his struggle, Mr Sands has sought help from MP for Wealden, Charles Hendry.

Mr Hendry stated that the Conservative Party, if it won power, would try to push more mediation between split couples and place more emphasis on joint-parenting.

In the meantime, Mr Sands – who was formerly in landscape construction but has stopped work to focus his attention to the cause – will continue to try to raise awareness of the issue.

"It is not just about me, it is about helping other people.

"I wouldn't want anybody else to go through what I have been through.

"I want to help all those who are going through it, but who have given up trying to fight."