Friday, 13 January 2012

Are both parents treated equally on divorce ?

The Telegraph recently reported that upon divorce "under the present system family courts tend to leave children with their mothers in the vast majority of cases". 
At the present time, when the court is asked to decide where a child or children should live there are many factors that the court  has to take into account but ultimately the child's welfare is paramount and the decision made must be in the child's best interests. There is no presumption in favour of the mother.
There is currently a review of the family justice system and there are proposals that the law could be changed so that there is a presumption of shared parenting. For many, such a change would be welcomed.
It is really important to get specialist advice before embarking upon court proceedings in relation to the arrangements for your children.  You should also consider alternatives to court such as mediation.
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