The government announced today that it will introduce a legally binding presumption of shared parental for fathers and mothers after separation.
Australia introduced a similar law giving shared parental rights several years ago resulting in an avalanche of cases with parents battling it out to have equal time with their children.
This initiative represents a desperate attempt by the government to bolster the position of the non- resident parent. We are all familiar with those terrible cases where one parent prevents contact with the other in defiance of judges’ orders and even pleas for co-operation.
The question is –‘Will this new law make a difference?’
One expert – Sir David Norgrove who chaired the government’s own Review of Family Justice warned against the Australian approach. The government decided to ignore the advice of its own expert.
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By family law solicitor and Stephensons’ Partner, Mike Devlin