Lindsay Mitchell in the Herald
Lindsay Mitchell makes important observations about the consequences of our DPB system. However, she claims that
The DPB has made fathering and fleeing commonplace and accepted. Before the DPB men were jailed for not supporting their families. Draconian, possibly.
and makes no mention of the more frequent impact of the DPB in helping mothers to break up their families for their own selfish reasons.
I have written to the Herald and others may wish to do so also. Letters can be sent via http://dynamic.nzherald.co.nz/feedback/letters/index.cfm
Here is my letter:
Lindsay Mitchell is correct in drawing our attention to the ever-increasing social damage caused by our DPB system, and the importance of both parents in raising children to be the best adults possible. However, she takes a cheap and unbalanced shot at men by stating that the “DPB has made fathering and fleeing commonplace and accepted”. In fact, research shows that families are now broken up by women’s decisions much more often than by men. The no-fault DPB has made women’s ejection of men from their homes and families commonplace and accepted. The reasons are usually to do with women wanting “independence” or new, more exciting relationships and lives, rather than escaping from domestic violence as is often cited in justification of the DPB. And those ejected men are then required to reimburse the government as much as possible for its foolish facilitation of family wrecking. For many men it’s like paying for their own execution.