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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #256 (Dec) - Family law: Under the co-parenting, the Masculinism (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 18 Jan 2016 20:52:12 +0200


The defense of male privilege often take byways and political battle over the custody of children after separation is one example. Return on ten years of anti-feminist measures under the guise of defending the rights of children. ---- Legislation around the child and family is often deaf to feminist demands. While the so-called family associations, including associations defending the rights of fathers as SOS Papa, are sought in the development of family law, this is not the case for feminist associations. The 2002 law on parental authority is no exception, since, in the words of the association itself, "the text approaches the wishes of SOS Papa". Since then, alternating residence after separation or divorce is facilitated, in part because it can be imposed provisionally by the family judges (JAF).

Children's rights or rights of fathers?

Advocates of the fathers, who were made famous by climbing cranes, cathedrals and other monuments in the course of 2013, monopolize the sympathy of the public, media and policy through speeches advocating "co-parenting ". Wanting to share the responsibilities and duties towards children, it seems obvious at the time of "new fathers" (though rare...).

So nobody understands why feminists who spend blow to old anti-men grumpy, opposed an amendment to the Family Act, filed by several masculinist associations to make automatic joint custody after divorce!

If this amendment was not retained in the final version of the law, adopted in June 2014, this law partly meets masculinist claims, since it strengthens joint custody after a separation.

For example, the parent who has custody, can not move or change the child's school without permission from the other parent. The law provides that if a parent is convicted of violence, these provisions do not apply. But when we know the difficulty to recognize and condemn the violence, especially if they are "only" psychological one can doubt the effectiveness of this precaution.

The parental couple at all costs

Let it be said: this is not the problem alternating residence. The problem is to want to preserve at all costs the "parental couple" even after the violence, often as underestimated and considered "conflict" by JAF or family mediators.

If some women are totally opposed to alternating residence, not because feminists have washed their brain, but often because staying in touch with their former spouse endangers them, they, and their children also. Since the 2002 law, feminist associations have continued to warn about the possible dangers of imposing alternating residence without more thought: domestic violence do not cease with separation, on the contrary it is often On this occasion they are growing and are sometimes fatal.

In this context, children become a way for violent men to maintain control and continue to apply pressure, even violence, their former spouses. Alternating custody and co-parenting, yes, but with the consent of all, and without violent fathers!

Auréline (AL Toulouse)

For more information:

1) Against Masculinism. Small intellectual self-defense guide (2013) by the stop-Masculinism collective, Bambule editions

2) "exercise of parental authority: attention to situations of violence!", Press release of the National Women's Solidarity Federation (www.solidaritefemmes.org)

3) www.soslesmamans.com

http://www.alternativelibertaire.org/?Loi-famille-Sous-la-coparentalite
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