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Wednesday
Mar292017

Fringe play addresses parental alienation

A new musical production at this year's Edinburgh Fringe - "The Way It Is" will address parental alienation. The production by 11:87 theatre company will be at venue 39 The Space on the Royal Mile from August 14th to 19th at 12.05 midday.

It is described as "A funny,entertaining, challenging, shocking,moving journey into the hearts of darkness world of parental alienation."  FNF Scotland is in touch with the writer of the play, John Casey and we will follow the production with great interest.  Anyone interested in getting involved should get in touch via FNFS.

Wednesday
Mar292017

Audit Office criticises child support changeover

A report from the National Audit Office makes strong criticism of various aspects of the Department of Work and Pension's (DWP) transfer to the new child maintenance system.  The closure of the 1993 and 2003 child maintenance schemes is going slower than planned, and there is a risk that arrears calculated on these earlier schemes on case closure and transfer to the 2013 scheme are inaccurate due to earlier problems in administration.

Of major concern to parents who are paying maintenance is the finding that the DWP does not tell non-resident parents that it will consider lowering repayments if they cause financial hardship. They do not tell people who have arrears about this option unless asked in order to encourage payment of arrears.

A recent survey carried out by FNF UK showed that financial hardship and the unreasonable nauture of some calculations was a major problem for many of thr fathers who contact us.  The failure to to allow for a hiugher income by the parent who receives maintenance and the discouragement of shared care are also major issues.

Jerry Karlin, Chair of FNF UK commented: “It is disgraceful that parents who don’t even earn enough money to pay tax or are on the minimum wage should be threatened with debt action and with the deduction of up to 40% of their net income from their wages. The threshold for making child maintenance has not been reviewed for almost 20 years. For many it’s not that they won’t pay, but simply that they can’t – you can’t get blood out of a stone.”

Tuesday
Mar282017

Radio 4 hears how one Scottish school "works hard" to involve dads

From Our Home Correspondent on BBC Radio 4 broadcast an item on Sunday 26th March by John Forsyth about the recent Boys Night at St Patrick's Primary School in Denny. 

He described how the Boys Night, an initiative by the Head Teacher, Anne O'Donnell, and the school parent council, brought lots of dads, grandfathers, uncles and other male carers into an evening of school activities but more importantly makes them feel that they are important to their children's learning.

Listen to the item from 23.20.

 

Wednesday
Mar082017

Pakistan signs up to Hague Convention on international child abduction

On March 1st 2017 Pakistan became the 96th contracting state to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

This makes it easier for a parent to seek the return of an abducted child to the country of origin, so that the case is considered by a court in the country where the child is habitually resident.  This applies whenever agreement has not been reached between parents, as in the recent Scottish case where a child has been returned to Australia  because the mother had wrongly retained the child in Scotland.

Although the number of countries abiding by the Convention is still growing, it does not apply in many African and Middle Eastern countries.

Monday
Mar062017

International Shared Parenting conference in Boston

The International Council on Shared Parenting are working with the American National Parents Organisation to hold a major conference in Boston on May 29-30 2017.

Under the theme “Shared Parenting Research: A Watershed in Understanding Children’s Best Interest?” the experts will present their research results and practical experience at this international and interdisciplinary conference.  The preliminary scientific programme for the conference is now available.

Ian Maxwell from Families Need Fathers Scotland will present a paper at the conference about our work in Scotland promoting shared care and lobbying for a change in family law.  We hope to pick up a lot of ideas both at that conference and at the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts conference which is also in Boston that week.

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