Father’s Day on Sunday 17th June, with the odds stacked in favour of the weather continuing to be warm and sunny, it is the perfect excuse for Sons and Daughters all over the UK to spend some quality time outside, enjoying the sunshine with their Dads.
According to a study by Gingerbread, the single parents Charity, there are two million single parents living in the UK; 90% of these are single Mums and only 10% being single Dads. This percentage has more or less stayed the same over the past ten years, with the average age of these single Dads being 45 years old. Further study has shown that single Dads are more than twice as likely to be widowers, than single Mums are.
If this is your first Father’s Day, as a ‘Single Dad’, and your children do not live with you, you may already be wondering what you will be doing, and whether you will you be seeing, or speaking to your child on this special day.
Debbie Hillman from Kent Charity, Kent Mediation Service, says ‘If you find that you are in the position where you have split up with the other parent of your child and communication has broken down with them, or you constantly find yourself getting drawn into an argument with them, then please don’t despair, Family Mediation may be able to help. Family Mediation has been proven to work and can be paid for privately, or it can be free for clients if they have been assessed as being eligible to claim Legal Aid. Sitting down together to talk things through with an impartial, trained Family Mediator can help resolve a number of arguments, including; how much time each parent spends with the children, arranging holidays, schooling, homework and non-payment of child maintenance, through to resolving issues over money, debts, and what will happen to the jointly rented, or owned family home. Agreements reached in Family Mediation can be made legally binding, which does away with the stress, time, and money that it takes to have the matters dealt with in the Family Courts and it gives parents control of decisions that affect their own lives, and those of their children”.