Sunday, 14 September 2008

Fathers' rights official tried to ruin man's custody case

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Britains leading fathers rights charity is in turmoil after it emerged that one of its senior figures used the organisation to influence a child custody hearing against a father, The Times has learnt.
Families Need Fathers (FNF) is to pay tens of thousands of pounds in damages and legal costs after one of its officials admitted writing a defamatory letter to a judge in an attempt to undermine the fathers custody case.
Steve Stephenson, FNFs London branch organiser, admitted that he should not have made the false and defamatory allegations, which were vetted by the head office of the government-funded charity.
The case has highlighted the secrecy in which the family justice system is shrouded, because the father who cannot be named for legal reasons was unaware of the allegations against him for several months.
It was only when the father, a working professional in his fifties, requested correspondence from his file that it came to his attention and he refuted the allegations. Three court hearings had taken place in the meantime.

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