A divorced B.C. father who hasn’t seen his young daughter for several months blames the family court system and is joining others in a call for change.
“I love my child. It’s not fair to her. You are cheating her of her childhood,” he said tearfully. “This child has a right to interact with her father.”
Records show there have been no consequences for the child’s mother. Geesing has been told he has no legal recourse but to go back to court to ask the judge for help, which could take several months.
Arthur-Wong said the government has delayed taking definitive action for far too long.
“Denial of access is pretty common,” he said. “That is child abuse and that is not acceptable in this society.”
He thinks provinces should set up registries of parents who ignore court-ordered access, similar to the maintenance enforcement agencies that penalize parents who default on child-support payments.