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Archive of September 2012

Protecting Children Through Separation

Sun 30th September 2012:

Making the Marriage Licence Worth Something? While the marriage licence is being applied for, we could be reporting to parents on their parenting skills and resources. This is based on financial resources, employment skills, day to day parenting skills and mental health. Family backup is a little part of this equation, for time support, as […]

Brian Gardiner defends White Ribbon Hate Campaign

Thu 27th September 2012:

Yesterday’s RadioNZ Nine to Noon featured an item about the recent release of Police family violence statistics. I strongly recommend MENZ readers listen to this online while it’s available.

Black Ribbon Table – slight change

Please note that the Hamilton and Tauranga dates have had to be reversed due to availability of key personnel. I have amended the original post to reflect the new schedule, shown below. Note that the Auckland dates remain as they were with no change. Saturday 6 October: Manurewa town centre Saturday 13 October: Red Square, […]

Parent relationships hypocrisy

Wed 26th September 2012:

Parent relationships hypocracy? In these examples, the “judges” under the spotlight are in USA and in Turkey. The USA case was not under Hague Convention, but the real world parenting issues are similar.

The terror of the politically correct – Karen Woodall

While many men are sitting delicately, on their oversized derrieres, it is women who are getting out and actively doing something to protect children’s rights to have a relationship with their fathers…. No, I am not suggesting drug or electric shock treatment for your lethargy, more adrenaline injections from extreme violence….. Anyway, maybe reading Karen […]

NZ Police: Nearly 50 per cent of children who die as a result of family violence are killed by their mothers

Tue 25th September 2012:

NZ Police today released a report summarising the findings of 95 family violence death reviews involving 101 victims between 2004 and 2011. The report, which did not include all deaths that occurred during that period, found 15 out of 33 child victims were killed by their mums. Five newborn babies were killed by women who […]

Letter to Hon Paula Bennett Re: Child Support and Benefit Abuse

Dear Paula I wish to draw your attention to a case that has come to light with Child Support NZ. Background: My husband and his ex wife had a private arrangement where he paid her child support each month as a cash payment. She went on a benefit during this time and did not notify […]

Black Ribbons March On

We are going to set up a table promoting the Black Ribbon Campaign – Show You Care About Men each Saturday in October, 10am to 2pm, as follows: Saturday 6 October: Manurewa town centre Saturday 13 October: Red Square, Tauranga Saturday 20 October: St Kevin’s Arcade, K Rd, Auckland Saturday 27 October: Garden Place, Hamilton […]

‘Time for a Change’ in how we address DV?

Written for FathersCan by Dr. Don Dutton PHD-for national and International distribution ‘Time for a Change?’ What do Chris Brown, Ike Turner, and OJ Simpson have in common? They are all famous men who beat their wives. Chris Brown’s case got maximum exposure on Oprah, Ike Turner was vilified in a movie, OJ got all […]

Owen Glenn is wasting his money

Sun 23rd September 2012:

Independent enquiry!!! was the subject of the email I recieved yesterday, noting that Owen Glenn is launching an inquiry into domestic violence and with the comment that this could be a chance for men’s concerns to be heard.

He’s Just Swapped His Fists For The System

Cartwright Seminar Concerns that Family Court failing women and children HE’S JUST SWAPPED HIS FISTS FOR THE SYSTEM

2012 Women’s Refuge Conference

Tue 18th September 2012:

2012 Women’s Refuge Conference

Child Support – unfair doubling up of support payments where provision has already been made via voluntary agreement

I welcome any constructive feed back or suggestions that could assist me with the following: The background is that I have 4 children, the youngest is 23 years of age and resides in France. I have been working overseas and recently returned to Australia which has been my primary residence since 96 when I left […]

NZ, the power of a woman’s word.

Sat 15th September 2012:

The New Zealand IRD (i hope google picks this up) took my ex wife’s word that I earnt money under the table, when I was clearly destitute on the DPB and after having lost my my business in 2008. They assessed me on my previous year’s income and after the review I got a letter […]

The place of the father & child support: the bible’s perspective

Fri 14th September 2012:

(Disclaimer: I’m writing this article since our Minister is a Christian, with a hope that his legislation of child support will be influenced by it. I have no intention to convince any of you to become a Christian – I’m not a Christian myself! I just have knowledge of the bible, have researched the scriptures […]

Child support answer needed

Wed 12th September 2012:

Both my daughters dropped out of school when they turned 16. Now they spend all day at home doing nothing, not working etc. it’s been over 8 months. Their mother is in support of this. I understand that child support continues until 19 or such full time employment over 30 hours a week. Does this […]

Not waving but drowning: preventing male suicide

Male Health Research and Policy Workshop This workshop was hosted by the Institute of Policy Studies and the University of Otago Wellington and was held on June 1, 2010. In recent years some health researchers have suggested that more attention needs to be given to developing strategies for improving men’s health. This workshop therefore aimed […]

Social Media and family law

Sun 9th September 2012:

Facebook, Other Social Media Coming Into Play in Child Support Cases Learn more about how online postings are becoming an important part of family law conflicts. September 08, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ — Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites are marketed to the public as a way to maintain interpersonal connections, and as a source of […]

Costs from False Allegations

Sat 8th September 2012:

Prosecutions should only proceed when it is in the public interest, for example when there is sufficient evidence that there is a reasonably prospect of gaining a conviction. When there is no workable system of accountability for prosecutors, then defective prosecutions may still occur. From the prosecutor’s perspective, successes gain public credit (and wrongful prosecutions […]

Legislative Process in Perspective

When I was younger and had never seen the inside of a caughtroom, I thought legislation guided judges, in rather clearly defined manner. Having seen several caught cases proceed, I eventually came to the conclusion that more often than not, Parliament and legislation is several years behind changes in judge’s behaviour. Tail wagging the dog? […]

RIP Andrew Wotton

RIP Andrew. WOTTON, Andrew Grant. Passed away 3 September due to a tragic accident, aged 54.

Protecting your children from familycaught$

Fri 7th September 2012:

SFO relying on corruption whistle-blowers Parents who are concerned to protect the lives and quality of life of their children (who are being forced to deal with familycaught$), need to look very carefully at how they plan to protect the lives of their children and grandchildren. – MurrayBacon

Steve Taylor’s press release

Thu 6th September 2012:

This is Steve Taylor’s Press Release [about Judge Boshier and the latest Family Court Reforms] …… The percentages he quoted are from the Govt’s own report into the Family Court apparently.

Debate about familycaught$ Leighton Smith NewsTalk ZB

Recently, Leighton Smith has allowed some talk back discussion about familycaught$, on News Talk ZB A friend told me that the discussion has been wide ranging and positively focussed. I suggest to listen and perhaps take part! Leighton Smith Show 8.30 am to 12 pm – Murray Bacon.

History of Child Support

Wed 5th September 2012:

History of Child [and Spousal] Support The best concise record of the history that I have seen, is by Barry Pearson in UK. While his website is available, it is quicker and easier to read Barry Pearson’s website. The headings of the two articles below, take you to the source website. As his website might […]

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