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February 15th, 2021

Opinion Matters / F4J COVID-19 Survey: Heartbreak of forgotten fathers in lockdown

An Opinion Matters survey of separated parents for shared-parenting organisation Fathers4Justice (F4J) has shown how COVID-19 restrictions are having a devastating impact on separated families, especially fathers. The survey of 1,006 separated parents across the UK was conducted between 1st – 8th February 2021 and found the following: * On average fathers went nearly 3 […]

November 18th, 2020

International Men’s Day: F4J send white feathers to Women and Equalities Committee accusing them of “institutional cowardice” on men’s issues

Fathers4Justice have accused the Women and Equalities Committee of “institutional cowardice” on men’s issues, and sent each MP on the committee a white feather. Writing to the chair of the committee, Caroline Nokes MP, on International Men’s Day, F4J founder Matt O’Connor called on the Committee to resign unless they could demonstrate they were treating […]

November 13th, 2020

12 reasons why separated dads should NOT use solicitors

There’s an old saying at Fathers4Justice, that the solicitor supports a dad like the rope supports the hanging man. Given solicitors costs are around £20-£30,000 in a normal children’s proceedings (and can easily go into six figures), it’s worth considering whether you need to use them in your case. Around a third of our casework […]

September 15th, 2020

Shropshire Star: One man’s fight to bring justice for fathers

Fathers4Justice is famous for its stunts. The man behind the group makes no excuses for still pushing the cause. By Andy Richardson. Matt O’Connor talks in vivid, glorious technicolour. Like a masterwork by Van Gogh, his narratives are peppered with flashes of yellow and red, amber and gold. He leaves nothing to the imagination, preferring […]

July 19th, 2020

Fathers4Justice use Johnny Depp case to start divorce campaign

Fathers4Justice (F4J) have launched a campaign for divorce equality for men today with a “Ditch The Witch” advert featuring Amber Heard and Johnny Depp on advertising vans outside the High Court where the Johnny Depp libel trial is ongoing. #Divorce4Men will campaign for fairer divorce laws for men which F4J say are sexist, outdated and […]

June 20th, 2020

F4J Father’s Day letter to Prime Minister calls for help for male victims of domestic abuse and for contact denial & parental alienation to be made criminal offences

Campaign group Fathers4Justice have sent a Father’s Day letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling on him to make contact denial and parental alienation criminal offences, and to raise concerns about institutional discrimination against men, especially in the area of domestic abuse where 1 in 3 victims are male. The group called for the government […]

May 10th, 2020

F4J statement about the office of Jess Phillips MP being spray painted with “F4J”

Fathers4Justice is aware of many frustrated fathers – many of whom are Muslim – who are constituents of Jess Phillips, but have been refused help and support by her when they sought assistance seeing their children. It is unsurprising then that fathers who have been disenfranchised by the MP, will seek an outlet for their […]

March 25th, 2020

F4J CoronaVirus / COVID-19 Questions & Answers

I AM SEPARATED FROM MY EX-PARTNER AND WE SHARE CUSTODY OF OUR CHILDREN. CAN THEY STILL SEE EACH OTHER? Yes. An exception has been made in the rules so children in this situation they can travel between your two homes. But the number of these trips should be limited. Government guidance issued alongside the Stay […]

March 19th, 2020

CORONAVIRUS COVID-19: Family Courts move to remote hearings

The Family Courts are to move to “remote” hearings with immediate effect, except where the requirements of fairness and justice require a court-based hearing, and it is safe to conduct one. In National Guidance for the Family Court, issued today, 19th March 2020, by the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane says there […]

March 15th, 2020

The Telegraph: Judge condemns ‘abomination’ of secrecy surrounding family courts

The secrecy surrounding family courts is an “abomination”, a High Court judge said as he insisted he would not bar the public from hearings. Mr Justice Holman, based in the Family Division of the High Court in London, told lawyers on Thursday that “most family court work” is done “in secret” and he “couldn’t have […]

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