The idea that family courts are biased against men is a dangerous fallacy | Sonia Sodha

Published Mar 05 2020 at 11:38 AM GMT
  • Evidence shows that the disproportionately male judiciary is more likely to rule against abused women and childrenIf you've binged on the BBC drama The Split, which follows a family of glamorous divorce lawyers, you might be forgiven for thinking that this corner of the law is all about multimillion-pound footballer pre-nups and the fallout from ministerial affairs.
  • But the reality of family courts couldn't be more different.
  • By far the most fraught issue that crops up is not money, but contact with children.
  • The family courts are equipped with some of the most intrusive powers the state has: not just the power to remove children, but the power to determine how much separated parents get to see them.
  • Most of these judgments are never published, meaning the scrutiny into how those powers get used is utterly inadequate.



  • Published Mar 5, 2020 11:38 AM GMT