Imagine if…

Karen Woodall

In the midst of a heat-wave, as the pressure mounts and disaffected dads decide that they will no longer simply disappear into the shadows, I am thinking about the debacle that is the Coalition efforts to reform support to separated families and the futility and the financial waste that has gone alongside it.  Like others, I am considering the ways in which the sticky fingers of the state and its institutions bring not resolution but ruin to the efforts of families to find ways of co-parenting after family separation.

From where I am looking the view is quite dismal.

We have the Child Support Agency, which used to spend 40p on every pound collection on the collection process itself.  To ensure that the collection of child maintenance is not as costly to the state, we now have some services which are offered to poor people, some services that tell dads…

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