Fathers threaten class action in bid to gain access to their children

Civil rights movement Fathers 4 Justice has reached out to various government departments and given them 90 days notice to respond to their grievances before they decide to take legal action.

One member of the group, which represents fathers who have been alienated from their children, has gone on a hunger strike and camped out at the Department of Social Development on Monday, demanding access to his children.

Chairperson of Fathers 4 Justice Gary Da Silva says while there is nothing wrong with the current legislation, there are too many lawyers and psychologists interpreting the law for their own financial gain.

By the time that parents come to us, by the time they get to us, these people are financially, emotionally and psychologically destroyed and the only way we can help them is by trying to find a lawyer that won't charge as much as what everybody else has done.

Gary Da Silva, Chairperson - Fathers 4 Justice

Parents don't get access to their children's school reports, they are not allowed to participate in things like parents' day and so on and so forth.

Gary Da Silva, Chairperson - Fathers 4 Justice

We are demanding a de facto automatic 50/50 regarding guardianship and maintenance. If the state is not going to listen to our cries then unfortunately we will have to launch a class action suit against the state. We are saying that we have to reduce the ability of lawyers, advocates, psychologists, social welfare workers ability to play God.

Gary Da Silva, Chairperson - Fathers 4 Justice

The one parent just doesn't want the other parent involved in the children's life, it is out of spite, that is the motivation. Granted there are some cases that are horrendous....

Gary Da Silva, Chairperson - Fathers 4 Justice

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