This is a direct quote from the Times last week.
The forthcoming President of the Family Division is sending out an S.O.S. to fathers.
Mr Justice McFarlane supports the message that children need relationships with both parents even if they have been separated.
Many fathers who I meet in mediation believe that they can only respond to the wishes of the mothers of their children rather than having a full and proactive role even where the parents have had to separate.
Many children are becoming used to their parents living in separate households and they need to be helped to become used to their new situation. As a family mediator, I find communication is vital for enduring and meaningful relationships to continue between separated parents and their children. This happens through joint cooperation and foresight. Separated parents often need some help to find a way forwards in achieving this and mediation is an excellent way of trying to help children find their own way without conflict and competing ideals.
There is a growing gangland culture whereby boys are joining gangs to find male role models, according to Britain’s top family judge.
And he says that the role of fathers in families is important.
I am heartened to read this because I fear many fathers feel they have few opportunities to continue their role to effect and this is really sad. A child should have a decent relationship with both parents and fathers should play a role in their children’s lives.
Mr Justice McFarlane wishes to see fathers connecting with their children. It is acknowledged that this can become terribly difficult where there may be three fathers for a mother’s three children.
Fathers are just as important to a child as mothers are, he says, genetically and in terms of identity and that a child is 50% of both of you in terms of another pair of hands, another brain, and another option.
Is it possible that a factor driving some boys into gangs is because there is no father role model at home? So, Dads step up to the plate and help mediators and our judiciary to help the law provide a structure and solutions for family life which of course has changed so radically.
If you are struggling with making proper and consistent family and contact arrangements with your children then please consider family mediation as a first option. The mediator does not take sides and will be trying to help both parents see the situation from a child’s viewpoint and to help parents make good decisions to enable children to remain safe and balanced in this challenging world.
Please contact Tricia Muzalewski, FMC and Law Society Accredited Family Mediator at Wynn Mediation at 612 – 614 London Road, Westcliff on Sea, Essex SS0 9HW. Telephone 01702 341241 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PMM/Wynn Mediation July 2018