Mr. Justice Coleridge of the Family Division believes that family courts are a “never ending carnival of human misery – a ceaseless river of human distress”. Article on BBC published April 5, 2008
BBC Also ran an article on this. Read their article, published on 16/11/09 by clicking this link.
“The adversarial nature of the system invites people to come and use the courts system as a punch up and the children get used as pawns,” said Sandra Davis, head of family law at Mishcon de Reya, for whom the poll was conducted.
According to Dr. Braun’s research, “fatherless degu pups exhibit more aggressive and impulsive behavior than pups raised by two parents.” (Degus, according to the article are “small rodents related to guinea pigs and chinchillas” and “mother and father degus naturally raise their babies together.”)
The Law Commission Review of Child Custody Law (1986) – Supplement to Working Paper No. 96 interestingly points out that prior to the introduction of Children’s Act 1989, shared residence was awarded to parents in 40% of cases in Southern England.
Equal Parenting Act – Green Paper was presented today to Henry Bellingham, MP and Dai Davies, MP as part of an initiative to raise awareness of the importance of Equal Parenting in the UK.
The following axioms form the philosophical underpinnings of the Equal Parenting Act initiative:
I The Courts shall uphold the child’s right to contact with both parents in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
II The Courts shall recognise and uphold the equal importance of both parents in the child’s development.
III The Courts shall not judge either parent on their perceived parenting ability.