Innocent until proven guilty

The title of this blog is the underlying tenet of British Law, but all too often within The Family Courts  is it the case?

It appears that false allegations are rife, and have been for many years, although at the highest level it is acknowledged that this happens on a daily basis little seems to happen to put this utter injustice right.

The organisations that are in place to investigate, do report after report, time and time again we hear stories where the side of allegations is more often than not accepted, the premise that Mums are always right abounds. I say Mums, as in the main it is the females who are making these allegations, but I am also mindful that this is not necessarily gender specific.

False allegations are made by both men and women.

What seems to be so unjust is that an allegation can be made, but proving you are innocent is almost impossible.

Non resident parents and grandparents find themselves in the middle of what can only be described as character assassinations, people are frightened into submission, not able to continue to defend themselves, they leave the court process broken people.

We know only too well the catastrophic effect this has on many.

(As always I have to write that of course if there is a child protection issue that is a very different matter.)

For people who have never had to be involved in the law, in attending meetings with lawyers, barristers, and attending court the whole experience has a toll on them, some never recover. They are left feeling like criminals, when all they wanted was an ongoing relationship with children/grandchildren.

Surely, it is time for those who make false allegations to be prosecuted themselves.

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Jane setup Bristol Grandparent Support Group in 2007 after a string of incidents led to the loss of contact with her Grand Daughter.

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