The ‘Dad’ Documentary – Feature

In Australia, 1 in 6 children don’t live with their biological Dad and in the UK and USA it’s 1 in 3…
Everyday, 261 Divorce cases are lodged in our Australian Federal Circuit Court and it’s estimated that at least 3 dads take their lives due to family related issues. The rate of suicide and depression with both dads and children are at there highest level ever.

Since the first screening of this film back in November 2014, Karen and her team have presented the film in Parliament, Canberra after being personally invited by two politicians to open discussions into reforming the Australian Family Court system.
Karen also spoke at the Men’s Family Law/Violence Conference Victoria. More recently at Senator John Madigan’s campaign dinner and a Family Court rally event of over 200 people in Fitzroy Town Hall.

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“I couldn’t believe this worldwide problem was buried so deep, one which affects people, young and old and is detrimental to our future, the cornerstone of society – family” – Karen Hodgkins – Producer
“Extraordinary Work Karen.” “Being a Dad is my greatest role.” – Marty Sacks- Australian Actor
“Karen Hodgkins in one word – Genius.” “Being a Dad is something I’ve always wanted and I look forward in anticipation to the biggest challenge of my life.” – James Rees – ABC “Giggle and Hoot”
“Hodgkins’ interviewing is remarkable. Dads and family law professionals alike talk surprisingly honestly and passionately about why dads are not getting justice through the law.” – Dr Angela O’Brien – Family Court Barrister

Shawn Lalonde protests the state of family law

Shawn Lalonde protests the state of family law at the Port Coquitlam courthouse on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. He has not see his children in 2.5 years, due to gender bias and his low income status, he says. He has court date later this month to decide Guardianship and Parenting time. For now he plans to continue his protests every day court is in session until December 14, 2015. Photo: Sidi Raru

Shawn Lalonde protests the state of family law at the Port Coquitlam courthouse on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. He has not see his children in 2.5 years, due to gender bias and his low income status, he says. He has court date later this month to decide Guardianship and Parenting time. For now he plans to continue his protests every day court is in session until December 14, 2015. Photo: Sidi Raru

From Deadbeat To Dead Broke: The ‘Why’ Behind Unpaid Child Support

Harrelle Felipa with five of his children and a granddaughter. -Photo: Jennifer Ludden/NPR

Harrelle Felipa with five of his children and a granddaughter. – Photo: Jennifer Ludden/NPR

On a recent Saturday afternoon at his West Baltimore row house, Harrelle Felipa fields a steady stream of interruptions as he breads a large plate of fish and chicken for dinner.

His 4-year-old son wants to recite his letters. The 3-year-old brings him a toy that’s broken. The tweens play Minecraft on the Xbox while Felipa’s teen daughter checks her email. Felipa says he loves it.

“This is what my life consists of,” he says. “I arrange my life around these guys.”

It’s not the typical image of a “deadbeat dad.”

Yet 47-year-old Felipa owes $20,000 in unpaid child support. Over the years, he has lost his driver’s license for that (for two months), and spent time in jail for missing a court appointment (for two weeks).

He is part of a shift: Despite a two-decade crackdown on delinquent dads — an enforcement push that officials say has largely worked — the U.S. has more than $113 billion in child support debt. The Obama administration, and others who support changes to child support enforcement, say this isn’t because men who have the means won’t pay.

“That problem has been solved,” says Vicki Turetsky, the head of the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement. That’s thanks to welfare reform in 1996, which included tougher rules that tracked down men with money.

The problem today, Turetsky says, is the many men without money. They don’t earn enough, and they’re accruing mountains of debt in back child support.

More at http://www.npr.org/2015/11/19/456352554/from-deadbeat-to-dead-broke-the-why-behind-unpaid-child-support

Petition – Helping children have both parents.

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I am a mother, stepmom and a grandma. I have watched dad’s fight to have their children in their lives. Dad’s who were at one point the primary care giver of the children. I have tucked crying children into bed at night reassuring them that one day they can live with both daddy just as much as mommy. I have held my grown son while he cried because all he wanted was to be in his son’s life. I have been through all the heartache with many children and dad’s.

I have also seen the benefits of a child who may be from a divorced home but has 50/50 parenting time with both parents.My adult son has 50/50 parenting with his son and my grandson has benefited greatly from this. He has two homes, two parents that love him and he feels loved by them not torn or made to chose between them. Children don’t understand nor should they the dynamics  of the court system. When shared parenting isn’t given the child feels they have to chose from one parent to the next.I have sadly also witnessed this.It is our job to protect children from this. The laws desperately need to be updated here in Canada. Times have changed and mom’s don’t stay home anymore. Dad’s are more involved in their children’s lives.Family court is supposed to be what’s best for the children, and what is best for the majority is 50/50 parenting.

I am starting this petition because my family is affected daily by this. My partner’s children love him very much and want to be a part of his life as much as they do their mom’s sadly they can’t because their mom doesn’t want him to have anything more than what the courts have ordered. He is slowly loosing the incredible bond he once had with his daughters. Please  Help change this law and have 50/50 parenting a given when it comes to divorce and separation. We owe it to our children and our children’s children to see to it that they have two loving parents in their lives even if it has to be in separate homes.

MORE at https://www.change.org/p/prime-minister-of-canada-premier-ministre-du-canada-justin-trudeau-justin-trudeau-mr-duclos-anne-cools-helping-children-have-both-parents?recruiter=426995590&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_for_starters_page&utm_term=des-lg-share_petition-no_msg&fb_ref=Default

Father of Surrey girl found dead wants Trudeau to appoint federal child’s advocate

Vancouver, BC, Canada / News Talk 980 CKNW | Vancouver’s News. Vancouver’s Talk

More at http://www.cknw.com/2015/10/31/father-of-surrey-girl-found-dead-wants-trudeau-to-appoint-federal-childs-advocate/