As a father of two young children, and someone who has been through a very acrimonious divorce, and who has had to deal with (and is still dealing with) a bitter ongoing contact dispute with my ex where I have been denied contact with my children and have faced false allegations of violence and abuse against me, I want to use my experiences constructively and help other devoted fathers faced with the same situation.
When I first separated five years ago I searched for as much information as I could find on fathers rights. Back then there was hardly any information directed at fathers and our needs and what was out there wasn't very good. Then a close friend of mine recommended a legal handbook specifically written for fathers to me which he had discovered on the internet and written by a former family law specialist who gave up her career as a family lawyer to write and research her book and to actively campaign for loving and devoted fathers rights to have contact with their children. I thought it was very interesting that a woman should write a book for men and I was curious to read it.
I have to say that the guidance and information in the book was enormously helpful to me - I'll explain why in my review of the book in a moment - and since then I have purchased the fully revised and expanded second edition of the book which in my opinion is even better than the first because it contains additional sections on key subjects of relevance for fathers such as paternity; civil partnerships; grandparents; the separate representation of children; litigants in person; disclosure, confidentiality and publicity and appeals.
What I want to give you is a straightforward review of the book so you can decide for yourself whether this is a book which would be useful to you:
The book has helped me because it has given me a greater understanding of the law and fathers’ rights, legal procedure, how to deal with my ex and how to progress my case both inside and outside court. It also saved me a lot of money on lawyers’ fees because it also gave me the confidence to represent myself in court when necessary. I know that I would have had to pay thousands of pounds for the advice I've had from this book. What I really like about the book is the way it is structured. The fact that every chapter is broken down into sections and the author really explains everything so clearly is what makes the book so good. The author has a very easy writing style and you really feel that she has a true understanding of a father's dilemma, and that she cares about this subject and us.
So what are my final thoughts on this book? Well, it won't solve 100% of your problems but that has more to do with my ex and the law than the quality of the book! It has certainly enabled me to go a good way to resolving my problems. All in all this book is an invaluable resource so do check it out for yourself.
Jonathan Masterton is a father who has struggled to maintain contact with his children post divorce. For details of the legal handbook for fathers reviewed here please go to http://www.fathersmatter.com