The Telegraph: Third of family break-up children lose contact with fathers in ‘failing’ court system, poll

Article dated Nov 16, 2009 here

“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.

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Equal Parenting Act in the UK

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.