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June 15, 2005

Fathers-4-Justice forms SA chapter

A SA branch of the British founded Fathers-4-Justice (F4J), a civil rights organisation campaigning for children's rights to see both parents and grandparents after a divorce, has been formed. Dr Steven Pretorius the founder of F4J in SA, said the organisation's main goal was to raise awareness of the plight of many parents – mainly fathers who had restricted or no access to their children, reports the Pretoria News. F4J has a lawyer, a former criminal advocate, a social worker and a psychologist on its team. Pretorius said one of the SA chapter of F4J's main goals would be to try to have unfair, punitive laws revisited. In 1998, the Child Care Act was reviewed by judges, who recommended some changes, including shared parenting after divorce. These recommendations have largely been ignored in the drafting of the changes to the Children's Bill, which is before Parliament. ‘We are hoping to lobby a change in the law for the benefit of our children,’ Pretorius said.
Full report in Pretoria News

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