All going well, I will receive access to my children sometime on Christmas Day. I don’t know whether for 1 hour, 1 day or 1 week.

I have no court orders, choosing not to put my kids through it, and knowing by experience they are not worth the paper they are written on.

There are many more like me. Most don’t get to see their kids over Christmas at all.

I will be spending Christmas morning and lunch with some dads in distress who are alone this Christmas. Our groups are organising BBQs in their areas for the dads in distress who won’t get their kids on Christmas Day.

As you enjoy Christmas Day, please spend a moment in thought for all the dads in distress out there doing it tough on this day.

This Christmas Eve there will be many fathers, forbidden by the savagery of our laws to be with their children, standing broken, as I have, outside their old homes, the keys still in their pockets, weeping and whispering goodnight as they watch each child’s bedroom light switch off before turning away, maddened with grief, to the pointlessness of a lonely Christmas Day.
~ Sir Bob Geldof

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Published On: December 20th, 20030 CommentsTags: ,

About the Author: Tony Miller

Tony Miller was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the 2010 Queen's Birthday honors list 'For service to the community through the provision of support services for separated families'.

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