The casework in the State Administration is so random that many feel it is like playing the lottery every time you have to contact them. The caseworkers bend the law as they please and they often make uninformed decisions, because they refuse to gather relevant documentation.
In the State Administration you do not speak under oath. You cannot present witnesses. You cannot require that they gather relevant statements. You cannot be appointed a lawyer and you cannot have a visitation case tried in a court of law. Still, the decision can be carried out through the enforcement court. (And in the enforcement court, you cannot be sure that you will be appointed a lawyer.)
This is a clear violation of access to justice!
The caseworkers do not have the necessary competences. They are not specifically trained in screening for partner violence even though the Istanbul Convention requires this. They often refer parents to mandatory mediation, even if any kind of forced mediation or conflict resolution is illegal. It is a clear violation of the Istanbul Convention – and thereby, it is a clear violation of human rights!
Those who execute the law show an alarming lack of empathy.
The State Administration lives by its own rules in relation to how the law should be interpreted. They refuse to consider violence and abuse and they state that psychopathy in one parent is not a reason for terminating visitation. These are viewpoints, which are in clear opposition to what professionals say. Further, the State Administration violates just about all conventions Denmark pretends to be supporting.
Still, there is no willingness from the Ministry of Social Affairs to start monitoring those who administer the law, no follow-up on the consequences of giving a small group of people so much power!
But when you are left with a decision based on lack of information, only based on the parents’ statements, which does not consider violence, abuse, psychopathy, there is no real option of having this decision re-evaluated.
The case can be sent to the Office of Family Affairs. The waiting time is 3-5 months and the result is usually that they don’t think the case needs to be further informed. They sustain the decision on the same uninformed basis, not even further removed from the involved parties.
So pretending that one can complain to the Office of Family Affairs is a joke! The lack of competency and willingness to investigate a case properly is an insult to those parents and children who are stuck between a psychopath, an abuser or a paedophile and the State Administration.
Further, neither the State Administration nor the Office of Family Affairs hide that they collaborate with private fathers’ rights’ organisations and that they do not have any such collaboration with representatives of the mothers.
They continue to ignore the many who have asked them to present documentation for their viewpoints and decisions. When such documentation is not presented, we must assume that it does not exist! Thus, the law is based on myths and smear campaigns.
This has nothing to do with rule of law. It is a jungle law in a banana republic.
THE MOM NETWORK RECOMMENDS THAT THE STATE ADMINISTRATION SHOULD BE CLOSED DOWN.
IN STEAD, WE SHOULD HAVE A NEW AND COMPETENT FAMILY COURT.