How courts disenfranchise fathers

This is a must read article for fathers about to enter the Family Court (by Barbara Kay writing in Canada’s National Post).

Some highlights:

“…justice and judgments are two separate animals — is that although a judge must be knowledgeable in the law, he may also be a social idiot, with zero interest or ability in reading human behaviour, as well as blind to his own bias”

“In 90% of disputed custody cases mothers walk away with “primary care” (in effect sole custody) of their children because, deservedly or not, judges feel sorry for them and find a technical or legal opening to issue the judgment they have already made in their hearts.”

“…judges who aren’t up to date on the facts of domestic violence, and so base rulings on myths and stereotypes; a “disconcerting proportion” of judges who don’t know the law they are supposed to be applying or don’t care to apply it when they do know; judges who ignore evidence, affidavits and expert testimony that favour the father; judges who defer “difficult” (i.e., mother-unfriendly) decisions until it is too late; judges swift to punish fathers for support payment lapses, but loath to impose consequences on mothers who flout access orders.”

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