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Divorce law news – Fathers’ rights to be consulted upon

15th May 2012

In 2011, the family justice review warned that introducing a law which presumed shared parenting was best could allow “unacceptable risk of damage to children”.

However, the speech detailed plans for consultation on a change of law in England and Wales to allow family courts to rule that both parents should have a continued relationship with children should the relationship with the other parent break down, as long as this was judged to be “safe and in the child’s best interests”.

Minister for Children & Families in the Coalition Government Tim Loughton said that the Government wanted to restore public confidence that the nature of joint parenting is properly recognised by the courts.

He said, “We intend to legislate to stress the importance of children having an ongoing relationship with both their parents after separation, where that is safe and in the child’s best interests. We will be consulting on legal options shortly.”

PM David Cameron and Deputy PM Nick Clegg said the proposed Children and Families Bill would put families “front and centre” of life in England and Wales, with “unprecedented support for parents”.

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