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Fathers' Rights Activism and Law Reform in Comparative Perspective

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Edited by: Richard Collier, Sally Sheldon

ISBN13: 9781841136295
ISBN: 1841136298
Published: October 2006
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £21.99

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The legal status, responsibilities and rights of men who are fathers - married or unmarried, cohabiting or separated, biological or social in nature - is a topic with a long and well-documented history. Yet recent developments in a number of countries suggest a growing politicisation of the relationship between law and fatherhood.

In some countries, an increasingly vocal, visible and well-organised fathers' rights movement has been credited with influencing perceptions of the politics of family justice. Fathers, it is argued, have become the new victims of family law justice systems that have swung 'too far' in favour of mothers. Armed with such claims, fathers' rights activists have set out to achieve a range of legal reforms, most notably in the areas of child support law and contact and residence rights following separation.

This book presents an attempt to understand these developments. Bringing together leading international commentators it provides a careful, critical and comparative analysis of the work of fathers' rights activists, the role law has played in their campaigning, their legal strategies, their success (or otherwise) in achieving legal reform, similarities and divergences with the women's movement, and the relationship between fathers' rights movements and the societies that frame them.

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Family Law
1. Fathers' Rights, Fatherhood and Law Reform—
International Perspectives
Richard Collier and Sally Sheldon
2. 'Robbed of their Families'? Fathers' Rights Discourses in
Canadian Parenting Law Reform Processes
Susan B Boyd
3. 'The Outlaw Fathers Fight Back': Fathers' Rights Groups,
Fathers 4 Justice and the Politics of Family Law
Reform—Reflections on the UK Experience
Richard Collier
4. Adopting 'Equality Tools' from the Toolboxes of their Predecessors:
The Fathers' Rights Movement in the United States
Jocelyn Elise Crowley
5. Gender Equality, Child Welfare and Fathers' Rights in Sweden
Maria Eriksson and Keith Pringle
6. Yearning For Law: Fathers' Groups and Family Law
Reform in Australia
Helen Rhoades