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30 Apr 12 #327529 by sillywoman
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Stepper - there is also the other side of the coin - fathers that don''t want to see their children, as in my case.

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30 Apr 12 #327532 by u6c00
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There are definitely fathers like that, more''s the pity.

I think some fathers are put off applying for custody and contact by a legal system that is prohibitively expensive (I''ve racked up £6500 in 2 months), and a public perception that the court is inherently biassed against fathers.

Call me naive but I don''t necessarily think that the latter point is true (in most cases) but bizarrely, Fathers 4 Justice have actually reinforced that misconception, by telling it to anyone who would listen. It''s a shame but I think they''ve actually done the opposite of what they have set out to achieve.

Stepper does have a good point though, as I have found recently. For me to have overnight contact with my son I needed to have a bedroom for him. This meant that I needed to get a 2 bedroom house but unlike with resident parents, there is no government support for that. I am sure the same is true for all non resident parents, as well as paying maintenance, we are expected to pay the costs of a home for a child. With rental prices as high as they are this is an important factor in planning what you can realistically hope for. For some fathers I am sure the thought of all this is likely to put them off.

I would also like if (by consent of both parties) maintenance could be paid into a child trust fund or similar. That''s a topic for another post altogether though!

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