The war on men
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Marguerite E. Ritchie
Re: Debtor Dads
As an Albertan, I was brought up to believe in equality of men and women. So I was appalled to learn that the government of my home province has created a website that publicizes the pictures of dads who have missed spousal payments for six months or more. They are made to look like criminals.
They are not. Family
The courts don't care about whether the woman is responsible for the break-up or whether she is a wife or a live-in or whether she cleaned out the bank account before demanding support.
The result is destruction of families. Some men resort to suicide. Some disappear or are in and out of the legal system constantly. Many men lose their children and many children lose their fathers forever.
We can do better. Governments should use these funds for qualified advisors to identify the problems and help work out better solutions. The family courts have failed completely.
Ritchie, president, Human Rights Institute of Canada,