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September 23rd, 2017

Dad dies after setting himself alight in custody protest outside New Zealand Parliament

A desperate dad understood to be fighting to see his kids in the family courts in New Zealand has died after setting himself on fire outside Parliament on Thursday. The dad had made signs which read: “In Iran you stone mothers; in New Zealand fathers.” Another read: “My vote No! To Family Court lawyers racket.” He […]

September 20th, 2017

Family courts in meltdown as judges are brought out of retirement

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, has told the House of Commons’ Justice Select Committee that retired judges are being sent back to work to help manage the increase in family law cases. In his final appearance before before he steps down, Lord Thomas repeated the concerns raised in his final annual report, which was published […]

September 1st, 2017

Esther Rantzen: The pain of grandparents DENIED access to their grandchildren

The pain and suffering of grandparents denied access to their grandchildren is a common feature in cases managed by Fathers4Justice. Grandparents go through double the heartbreak: they go through the pain of separation themselves, and they go through it for their sons. Many do so facing the cruel reality that they may never see their […]

May 16th, 2017

Comedian Chris Rock says family courts leave you “out of your f***ing mind…”

Comedian Chris Rock is the latest Hollywood dad to talk about his experiences at the hands of the family courts in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine this month. Rock was divorced from his wife of 10 years, Malaak Compton-Rock, last August amid claims Malaak prevented Chris from seeing their two daughters, Lola and Zahra. […]

March 2nd, 2017

If the Nazis ruled Britain, would they have invented anything as unspeakable as our secret family courts?

As the BBC broadcasts its new alternative history TV series SS-GB, which imagines what the UK would be like if the Nazis had invaded Britain, F4J founder Matt O’Connor asks some uncomfortable questions. In 1925, Adolf Hitler declared in Mein Kampf: “The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. […]

February 28th, 2017

Irish Independent: “Malicious claims of abuse ‘endemic’ in family law battles

Pic: Matt O’Connor, Founder, Fathers4Justice Vexatious claims of sexual abuse are now ‘a weapon of choice’ among warring couples engaged in bitter separation or divorce battles. Matt O’Connor, the London-based founder of the Fathers 4 Justice group, said malicious claims of all forms of abuse were ‘endemic’ in family law battles. “It’s a significant factor […]

February 23rd, 2017

Former top family judge Sir Nicholas Wall commits suicide

A former top family judge has killed himself after being diagnosed with dementia, his family has said. Sir Nicholas Wall, who retired on health grounds in 2012, died last week at the age of 71 after ‘years of suffering’. In a death notice published today, his family said the judge – who was President of […]

January 2nd, 2017

The Sun: ‘It nearly killed me’. Matt O’Connor of Fathers4Justice talks about his first Christmas in 2000 without his boys

Pic: Fathers4Justice founder, Matt O’Connor, pictured with second wife Nadine O’Connor One person who knows the pain of being separated from your children at Christmas is Matt O’Connor, founder of campaign group Fathers4Justice. He exclusively told The Sun Online: “Christmas is meant to be about family. Sadly, for tens of thousands of dads, they will […]

January 2nd, 2017

The Mail on Sunday: Angelina Jolie branded ‘malevolent’ in Hollywood campaign by Fathers4Justice

Fathers4Justice is launching a guerilla advertising campaign in Hollywood this week about Brad Pitt’s access problems to his children. The mobile billboard campaign parodies the Disney fantasy film ‘Maleficent’ which features Pitt’s ex partner, Angelina Jolie, as a vengeful fairy. The red and black ad replaces the film title with the word ‘malevolent’ and uses […]

November 2nd, 2016

Minister claims dads seek court orders to see kids in attempt to REDUCE child maintenance payments

Pic: Matt King & son / Caroline Nokes MP A government minister has told a Fathers4Justice supporter that dads who seek court orders to see their kids, do so in order to reduce their child maintenance payments. In a letter to Robert Syms, MP for Poole, the Minister for Welfare Delivery at the Department for […]

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