Pain of the dads who miss out
10 Jun 2017
Now 91, David Attenborough says he regrets not being at home in the evening for his children and missing out on their younger years. He is not alone. Millions of dads — from lorry drivers to soldiers — have sacrificed family time to provide for their loved ones.
My father worked nights and was often away on business trips. Although I missed him, I quickly learned it’s not the quantity of time a father spends with his children, it’s the quality that builds lasting love.
I’m sure Sir David's children treasure the moments he burst through the door, full of laughter and tales from his travels. In a world of separated or just feckless fathers, all that matters is that dad comes home.
Judges not listening..?
Posted: 22 May 2017 10:00 PM PDT
A Norwich man has demanded that Judges publish details of his long-running dispute over contact with his daughter.
The father claims the court battle started not long after his child was born and has yet to be resolved even though the girl is now ten years old. He has reportedly spent more than £500,000 on various legal costs during this time and has attended hearings in six courts across two areas of England.
He has been fighting for the right to spend more time with his daughter and insists that she wants more time with him as well. However, he claims that the various Judges who have heard his case have not listened to the girl’s wishes.
In addition to the publication of the various judgments made on the matter, the father also wants his case to be examined by President of the Family Division Sir James Munby. He told reporters that he wants Sir James “to see if he thinks the process has been fair and transparent”.
The man continued:
“I don’t think justice has been done to me. More importantly I don’t think justice has been done to my daughter.”
Publishing the judgments was important for the public, the father added, because “people should be given some idea of what happens so that lessons are learned”.
Meanwhile, researchers from Cardiff University analysed over 800 published judgments and found that very few Judges sent more than ten cases to Bailii for publishing. The researchers said their findings suggest that “guidance given to judges to routinely publish their judgments is not being consistently followed”. As a result, the public is left with “a patchy understanding of the family justice system”.