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Indiana University
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Shared Parenting Presumption in England?

From the Guardian:

Fathers will get improved contact with their children following divorce, amid plans to rewrite the law governing custody disputes.

A ministerial working group will decide how to amend the Children's Act 1989 and might include in it a "presumption of shared parenting". The changes are part of an overhaul in family law that is described by the Law Society as "the most important" in more than 20 years.

Currently, family courts decide to leave children with their mothers in the vast majority of divorce cases, meaning that one in three children – around 3.8 million – is living with their father absent from their lives. Just 8% of single parents in Britain are fathers living with their children, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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Me personally, I think this is a huge step in the right direction.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Attorneys | Feb 28, 2012 12:22:47 PM

Its great to hear that the rights of fathers are at last to be reviewed long gone are the days when fathers should be pushed to oneside in favour of the mother! I had a messy divorce in the 90s and fought long and hard to get custody of my children I was knocked back by the courts time and time again even after proving my ex was into drugs the court deemed that the children were safe so still left them with there mother £8000+ later I still never got custody change is well overdue in my book lets hope it comes to be a fair system where the children can have the best of both!

Posted by: john | Mar 12, 2012 12:12:48 PM

Parenting for Dad's – Creating a generation of gems. At sometimes, Why do your child (especially Boys) don't come near to you? Sometimes we get worry about to parenting
Why don't they come near to us? The essence of a woman is to have children of their own. I am a single blessedness wondering how I raise children in the future. Sometimes I get home from a day at the office, and am greeted by screaming, noisy, boisterous, obnoxious kids – which is great for an hour or so,parenting but then is starts to wear on my cool, calm demeanor, and makes my head want to explode eardrums first.

Posted by: Parenting | Apr 18, 2012 12:01:19 AM

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