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Fathers Day survey for dads and grandads

Scotland's Year of the Dad is carrying out a survey of dads and grandads for a report which will be published in time for Father's Day on 19th June.

They will use the results to report back on the lives and habits of our modern dads and father-figures.

If you’re a dad you can access the survey here, if you’re a grandad click here.


Alarming costs and delays in some court contact actions

A survey was issued in December to a sample of 300 of the people who made enquiries to FNFS in 2014 to gather experiences for our student intern  project on party litigants.   An interim report has been compiled on the findings after the first 76 replies.   The survey is still open – see https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/partylitigantsurveyFNFS

The results were particularly surprising in regards of the amount of money spent on legal action, and the large number of Child Welfare Hearings attended spread out over a long period of time.   Although this is a very biased sample drawn from high conflict family court cases, it is still alarming that such cases take so long and cost so much.

48% of respondents spent over £10,000 on their cases on legal action raised in order to attempt to arrange contact with their child. In some of the more severe cases, over £100,000 has been spent over a period of many years.  Some respondents when asked at what stage they were at of legal action responded, “Financially drained, cannot afford legal action,” and speak of the legal process being, “Exhausted.” It is apparent that many of them are considering restarting court action due to orders breaking down.

Some respondents on further questioning spoke of taking out loans in order to pay for their legal fees and also having to turn to becoming Party Litigants, after spending a significant amount of money without getting any further forward.  Even as a party litigant, costs will still be high.

The average number of hearings attended by the respondents is eight and the average length of time spent in legal action was 34 months.  One person experiencing legal action over 15 years and another person had attended court for 46 hearings.

26% of respondents have acted as party litigants and 10% of respondents are currently considering going it alone.  Although there are only a few people acting without lawyers in family cases, we think that the number of party litigants in Scotland is increasing.

These findings will help our student intern Rebecca Sibbald to carry out some training for party litigants and produce a film about going to court.  Thanks to all who responded.


News from Families Need Fathers Scotland

Our weekly e-newsletter was paused last Autumn when we moved office in order to rectify some problems in the way the links were working.  Although plenty has happened since then and some news articles have been posted on the website, it has taken longer than planned to resume the e-newsletter. 

To catch up on some recent news from FNF Scotland:

  • our second parenting course for separated fathers starts in Edinburgh on February 12th.  Working with Parent Network Scotland and with funding from the Big Lottery we running these courses and developing online support material.
  • FNF Scotland has received the new Help and Support for Separated Families (HSSF) quality mark, the second Scottish organisation to achieve this standard. 
  • A member from Fife has already signed up to raise funds for FNFS by taking part in the Tough Mudder event in Scotland this June.  Completing this 12-mile long obstacle course is more fun as a team, so we are looking for some more recruits to join him at the event in Dalkeith Country Park.  Contact ian.maxwell@fnf.org.uk if you are tempted.
  • Submissions for the Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee enquiry into issues facing single fathers are already building up, and we will publish our response on this web site soon.
  • FNFS is collecting information from separated fathers about their experiences of the courts and other services.  The survey can be completed below:


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