Fathers' group unhappy with divorce bill
21 January 2005, AMSTERDAM — A fathers' rights group has expressed "disappointment" at a new legislative proposal that would amend the custody and divorce law in the Netherlands.
21 January 2005
AMSTERDAM — A fathers' rights group has expressed "disappointment" at a new legislative proposal that would amend the custody and divorce law in the Netherlands.
Days after one of its members dressed as Batman climbed on top of Utrecht Court, Fathers 4 Justice Nederland has said it will continue its campaign of civil disobedience until fathers get equal rights in custody cases.
The group claims the Bill being put forward by Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner "smoothes over", rather than tackles bias towards women.
"The existing inequality between partners is not dealt with in this Bill," the group spokesman Peter Tromp said.
The organisation has argued that the bill does not address the rights of partners who are not married or who are in a registered partnership. "It is precisely these parents who experience the most problems," Tromp said.
Donner sent his proposals to various organisations on Thursday to seek their comments and his ministry was swift to reject the criticism from the F4JN group.
"Parents who are not married should have themselves registered as a partnership in order to come under the law's provisions," ministerial spokesperson Wiebe Alkema said.
"The legislative proposal is a parental plan, which forms a basis for tackling the intrinsic problems."
F4JN counters that it will not be happy with anything less than full equality between parents and it has vowed to continue its militant campaign until its concerns are addressed.
Fathers 4 Justice was first established in Britain in 2002. Its members there have hit the headlines by performing a range of stunts.
These have included climbing public buildings in super hero costumes and throwing harmless powder at Prime Minister Tony Blair during Question Time in the House of Commons.
The Dutch branch was set up in June 2004 and claims to have 850 members. F4J claims to have more than 12,000 members spread across the UK, the US, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news, divorce and custody in Holland