Prevention is better than cure (letter)by Janos PaskandyNews Weekly
, March 13, 2004
Your article in the January 31 issue on fatherhood contains the statement of "Dealing with matters of justice after marriage breaks down ... (is) dealing with consequence ... not seeking to reduce the level of divorce." (Page 14)
Well please consider this: dealing with matters of justice after divorce is the primary weapon in regulating both: divorce and marriage. It can be a deterrent or a motivator.
It used to be men, who initiated divorces. Today, it is women who make up the majority of contract breakers. The latest available statistics (2001) show that 23% of divorces were joint applications; 30% was male-initiated and 47% was female-initiated.
Under the current legal system, men cop more than a fair share of punishment after divorce, irrespective of fault, whereas women are benefiting enormously. Men are more often than not penalised by the loss of almost everything they worked for including children. Such are the disincentives for men to divorce and also to get married in the first place, as the penalties are not lessened when women break the marriage contract for no morally acceptable reason.
Your article is a cry for binding men into families and fatherhood. The statutory base upon which the family rests is the Family Law Act 1975. Until that insult to intelligence and justice is repealed or rendered impotent, I'm afraid there is little chance to secure fathers for childrenJanos Paskandy,