Bob Geldof today accused the secretive family courts of 'state-sanctioned kidnap.'
The pop star turned campaigner said the 'barbaric' family law system wrecked the lives of children and their families.
He spoke as he launched a report that severely criticised the way family courts deal with cases - particularly in which one separated parent wants to move far away from where the other lives, taking the children with them.
It said that most decisions in such cases - which are conducted behind closed doors and never become known to the public - cause children harm.
Mr Geldof said: 'In the near future the family law under which we endure will be seen as barbaric, criminally damaging, abusive, neglectful; harmful to society, the family, the parents and the children in whose name it purports to act.
'Here is one more report that empirically nails the obvious fact that to remove a child from their father (in the hugely vast majority of cases), their grandparents and other family, their school and friends, is wholly destructive to a child and its family.
'How much longer must we put up with the state sanctioned kidnap of our most vulnerable?
Because in effect that's what "leave to remove" amounts to.'
The singer's protest comes at a time of growing controversy over the workings of the family courts, which have been repeatedly blamed by fathers' groups in recent years for favouring mothers and shutting separated fathers out of their children's lives.
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