Equal Parenting Alliance

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Equal Parenting Alliance
Leader Ray Barry
Founded February 22, 2006 (2006-02-22)
Ideology Fathers' rights movement
Website
http://www.equalparentingalliance.org

The Equal Parenting Alliance is a minor political party in the United Kingdom. Founded in February 2006,[1] it aims to bring about reform of the Family law system in England and Wales. It was started by former members of Real Fathers 4 Justice, a father's rights organisation, and a similar group New Fathers 4 Justice.[2][3][4] Its leader is Ray Barry.[5]

The party supports equal custody for parents and believe that the "non-resident parent [should be] able to spend up to 100 days and nights with the child."[6]

Organisation and membership[edit]

The party is made up of a committee and members.[7] Membership was 71 at the end of 2008.[8]

Party income in 2006 was £1,245,[9] £2,527 in 2007,[10] and £345 in 2008.[8]

Elections[edit]

The party has contested:

  1. Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley election in May 2007, in which Ray Barry gained 124 votes.[11][12][13]
  2. Runnymede Council election in May 2007, in which Keith Collett gained 17 votes.
  3. Wolverhampton Council election in May 2008, in which Ray Barry gained 101 votes. [14]
  4. Runnymede Council election in May 2009, in which Keith Collett gained 84 votes.[15]

Two candidates stood in the United Kingdom general election, 2010, Ray Barry for Wolverhampton South West and Roger Crawford in Oxford East.[16]

Party policies[edit]

The party policies are:[17]

  • Legal presumption of reasonable parenting time in the event of parental separation.
  • Shared residence should be normal when there are two fit, capable parents.
  • All contact and parenting time arrangements will be governed by the Good Reason Principle.
  • The introduction of the Early Interventions Pilot Project,[18] to replace the Family Resolutions Project.
  • Compulsory mediation for both parents after separation and before entering into the court system. Any parent refusing to attend may be so ordered by the court and on subsequent refusal will be charged with contempt of court.
  • All Family Court cases involving children to be transparent and accountable, and all reporting to be anonymised to protect children from publicity.
  • Court orders for contact, parenting time and shared or joint residence, must be enforced by the courts unless there is good reason to do otherwise.
  • All allegations of domestic violence or child abuse made during a child contact case should be made under oath, and dealt with quickly by a criminal court capable of delivering a clear verdict.
  • Any parent who deliberately harms a child’s relationship with either parent, without good reason, should be treated as being guilty of emotional and psychological abuse of the child.
  • All fathers, regardless of marital status or naming on the birth certificate, to be given parental responsibility. Where paternity is in doubt, a DNA test must be used.
  • Both parents must have access to a child’s medical and educational records, and full involvement in school activities.
  • Grandparents should have a legal right to apply for contact with their grandchildren.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Equal Parenting Alliance". UK Register of Political Parties. Electoral Commission. 2008-05-20. Retrieved 2008-05-20. 
  2. ^ "Fathers start political party". Liverpool Echo. 2006-03-27. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  3. ^ "New fathers' party formed". Birmingham Post. 2006-04-01. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  4. ^ James, Deborah (27 March 2006). "Political party bid over fathers' rights". Liverpool Daily Post. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Fathers' rights activist cleared of harrassment [sic]". Birmingham Mail. 19 June 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Gaby Hinsliff (2004-07-11). "Equal custody for 'weekend dads'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  7. ^ "Equal Parenting Alliance Constitution Document" (PDF). 2006-02-09. Retrieved 2008-05-20. 
  8. ^ a b "Equal Parenting Alliance Statement of Accounts 2008" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 7 February 2010. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Equal Parenting Alliance Party Statement of Accounts 2006" (PDF). Electoral Commission. 2007-05-23. Retrieved 2008-05-20. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Equal Parenting Alliance Party Statement of Accounts 2007" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 7 February 2010. [dead link]
  11. ^ Sounth Ayrshire Council website
  12. ^ "Radio Scotland Interview". BBC. 2007-05-01. Retrieved 2008-05-20. 
  13. ^ "Scottish Christian News". Scottish Christian News. 2007-04-24. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-20. 
  14. ^ Coventry Telegraph
  15. ^ "Election of a Councillor for the Woodham Ward". Runnymede Borough Council. June 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  16. ^ Equal Parenting Alliance 2010 Election
  17. ^ Party policies on the EPA website
  18. ^ EIPP on the EPA website

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