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Family law consultation extended until September

The deadline for responses to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 has been extended until midnight on 28 September 2018.  This change has been made because many of the responding organisations were finding it difficult to meet the early August deadline because of the school holidays.  It had already been announced that some consultation with children and young people was going to take place later in August after the schools have resumed.

Families Need fathers Scotland is working on our response and we have already held well-attended meetings in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Stirling and Paisley to discuss the issues.  Our response will be presented on our web site and we have already published a note of our main points.

Now that there is some more time, we repeat our appeal for parents to respond to the consultation so that your own experience can be heard.  When making a submission about your own case, be careful to avoid using names or other identifiable details.  You don't need to answer all 54 questions, just select the ones that are relevant to you.  Get writing.


FNF Scotland to host focus groups across Scotland on Scottish Government plans to reform family law

Families Need Fathers Scotland groups will host four focus groups across Scotland during June and July in connection with the Scottish Government review of family law in Scotland.

The Scottish Government has launched a public consultation on the law that governs the arrangements for sharing care of children when their parents separate and other aspects of family law. 

During the consultation period the civil servants conducting the review will attend FNF Scotland group meetings in Dundee, Aberdeen and Edinburgh and a special meeting in Glasgow to get insight into the personal, financial and relationship costs of the current system from people who have experience of it and hear their suggestions for changes.

They will attend regular monthly meetings in Dundee on Wednesday June 20th, Aberdeen on Thursday June 21st, Edinburgh on Monday July 2nd and a special meeting in Glasgow on Wednesday June 27th.

To help plan for numbers we are asking for attendees to register in advance at the following links:

Dundee: http://gldn.gg/e/Dundee_consultation
Aberdeen: http://gldn.gg/e/Aberdeen_consultation
Glasgow: http://gldn.gg/e/familylawconsultation 
Edinburgh: http://gldn.gg/e/Edinburgh_consultation

FNF Scotland National Manager, Ian Maxwell, says,"We are delighted that the Scottish Government will be using our regular meetings as 'focus groups'. The majority of attendees at our monthly groups are separated fathers but we also have a regular presence of mothers, grandparents, new partners and aunts and uncles."

"Most are shocked by how bruising, slow and expensive it is to go to court and how difficult it is to enforce a court order one made - and above all how the process can put intolerable stress on the children involved when their parents are belittling and undermining each other. The vast majority of research as well as common sense indicates that children do better in most areas of their lives when both parents are meaningfully involved in their lives."

Details of the FNF Scotland response to the consultation will appear on this web site soon.  The consultation can be viewed here and responses are due in by August 7th.