I have been a part of the fathers’ rights movement for over a decade. It is the only thing I do, since I live on Social Security Disability. In the early days, we did a lot of protest. Even picketed the home of the county prosecutor, for not enforcing Missouri’s visitation denial law (R.S. Mo. 565.156 (5)). His wife turned a water home on us. I will try to find the pictures, and get them scanned in for here. From my experience, picketing achieves little to nothing, except to make people think we’re just a bunch of whining dads.
To achieve change, it has to be done in the courtroom, and with the right knowledge, that can be done. No matter how bias the judge. How do I know this? Because the National Organization for Women has complained about our methods, saying that it scares too many judges into giving fathers custody. According to them, even abusive fathers. The usually political rhetoric.
Preparing properly for a case is only part of what needs to be done. You needs people, who are not involved int he case, to be there as “Court Watchers.” These are people who sit up front in the public area, and take notes. They make sure that the judge sees them taking notes. If asked, they identify themselves as court watchers. The father does not introduce them, or even acknowledges them, but they do sit behind the father. A judge cannot even order them to leave.
These person make judges very nervous about making decisions that do not take into account all the evidence in a case. And if he does anyway, then you have five witnesses to it, that can testify against the judge, getting him/her removed from the bench, and the decision overturned.
We here at NCFC have a court watch form that is a part of our manual, along with instructions on how to use it.
If you want to pick something, when denied access to the children, picket the home of the mother, or her job. That has been effective. Especially when they work at the post office, where you can picket right at the front door.
Put up her area, with a picture of the children, and the phrase, “Have you seen my children, I wish I could. Their Dad.”