Tuesday, October 10, 2006

A resource for fathers

Dads UKThe other site that 'Toon' recommended was Dads UK, which describes itself as "a news and information site dedicated to giving a voice and support to all people interested in fathers' rights". There doesn't seem to be an awful lot on the main site, but Toon recommends the forum, which he says "provides support and advice to dads going through Family Law hell". I can't comment myself, as I haven't registered for the forum and it can't be accessed, even for viewing, without registration.

Only one thing I would say about all fathers' rights sites and organisations: what about all those mothers who are denied contact with their children? I know some of these sites/organisations provide help to mothers too, but a lot of mothers will be put off by the word 'dads' or 'fathers' in their names.

3 comments:

  1. please, mothers will be put off by the word "fathers" Mothers rights are protected by the courts completely, Fathers have no rights, and therefore, we require these sites in order to combat vindictive evil women that believet their offspring are tools to be used as weapons against their ex husbands.. save the, "women have no support sites" crap for those who are stupid enough to believe you.
    GoodDad
    http://singledadsfightback.blogspot.com/

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  2. Thanks for the plugs John!

    You said..

    "Only one thing I would say about all fathers' rights sites and organisations: what about all those mothers who are denied contact with their children? I know some of these sites/organisations provide help to mothers too, but a lot of mothers will be put off by the word 'dads' or 'fathers' in their names."

    Contact denial, alienation and coaching, ignoring court sanctioned contact orders, are not gender exclusive parental traits - in fact for a mother without residency the stigma is perhaps greater than for a father being denied a relationship with his kids.

    I'm sure your readers will agree these issues affect far more dads than mums, but that does not lessen the need for support and advice for both.

    As such the free forums on the dads-uk have grown in popularity since being set up in 2003, although mainly used by dads we have many mums, new partners, grandparents and step parents there too, a byproduct of our success even though it was set up by dads and for dads.

    Other online parenting forums are massively dominated by sites that have the 'mumsy' feel full of cyber hugs etc, and attract mothers as oppose to parents.

    We are a plain speaking forum and have honed a straightforward and forthright approach to dealing with members problems.

    Much of the advice given is from anecdotal evidence through personal expeience, also through work many members undertake in supporting others by being a McKenzie friend.

    Hopefully you will take a look there John, registration is free and once you have posted an introduction the help zone forums open up, I'd be interested to see how advice from the side of those who have been or are going through cases would compare to someone who actually works in family law.

    I'll see to it as a Mod you don't get 'too' hard a time on there!

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  3. 'GoodDad': With respect, I didn't say that women have no support sites. As to your suggestion that the law always favours mothers, this is not correct, and indeed is rebutted by Toon's comment.

    'Toon': Glad to hear that mums and others are using your forums. Thanks for the invitation to join the forums, but I'll have to decline - running this blog is taking up enough of my time as it is!

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