John is a long standing and greatly respected member of the charity Families need Fathers and he specialises in child access (contact) and custody (residence) disputes. He is a frequent and much sought after contributor to the media and has appeared as a panellist on the BBC current affairs program Letís Talk, as well as contributor to the Nolan Show, UTV's Insight and BBC Newsline.
In 2003 as a first year law student he won a merit internship to the Ivy League law school at Cornell University, at Ithaca, New York. What John saw there in his time working in Child Protective Services and the family court in Ithaca made him realise how family law ought to work. There an order for Joint Custody was far from abnormal, whereas here in Northern Ireland such an order was like Ďhenís teethí. It is Johnís intention to persuade and argue for equal treatment of parents following divorce and separation.
John is a person who knows from first hand experience that people who do not live most of the time with their children are treated poorly by statutory bodies, being denied status in areas such as student loans, bursaries, child benefit and the like. And despite assurances by the judiciary and others that there is no bias in family law against fathers; Johnís 8 year experience at every level of court tell him different. John lobbies fearlessly and tirelessly on behalf of parents, and is frequently to be seen at Social Service case conferences advocating for vulnerable parents. He also takes cases on involving Grandparents
John graduated with a First in Law and Government from UUJ in
2006, and is currently reading for his Masters in Human Rights Law
at Queen's University Belfast.
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