Originally published on Fathercare.org:
This muddled writing about Child Contact Centres points to underlying misunderstanding.
I divorced my wife. When I took this action, I did not introduce third parties between me and my children. It is most important for excluded fathers to grasp this point. The State and its lackeys- lawyers and so on – have a right to intervene in the matter of my divorcing my wife. Like marriage, divorce is a public matter in which the state has an interest, because it may result in spouse or children becoming a burden on the state.
However, intervention by the state between me and my children was another matter. When a judge suggested that I go to a “Contact Centre” and my children do the same, he was acting totally outside his proper powers, which were to do with the initial contract of marriage and the current breaching of that contract.
The state’s interest in the marriage contract arises because children may result from that union, leading to parent or child becoming a burden on the state.
[It has never been alleged that the State is better at parenting than is a parent, so the State does not intervene between parent and child.]
Similarly, during divorce, the state has a right to have concern about provision for the children and for a parent of the marriage. However, putting parent and child into a special location with supervision has nothing to do with the state’s interests. In no way does a parent provide for a child by confronting it under supervision.
[Confronting a child under supervision apes providing for a child in the same was as a film about the war apes the war. It is not the same thing.]
This theatrical game has been added on without any legal justification by various bureaucracies intent on exploiting the situation to make money.
Baskerville (see my website) investigates the enormous financial gain from the kind of activity which is mushrooming around divorce. It is most important that excluded fathers be not tricked into supporting such attacks on parent and child by money-hungry bureaucracies and vicious radfems.
Ivor Catt 20feb03