Family Law Society promotes equality and good practice in the Family Courts.
THE NEED FOR CHANGE
Most people with even a superficial understanding of the UK Family Court System will agree that it is in a desperate need of reform. Divorce rates have been steadily climbing since the 1970s, and today there are 5 divorces for every 10 new marriages. In 2010, 25% of families are headed by single parents, and we lack a comprehensive legislation to ensure participation of both parents in their children’s upbringing following separation/divorce. The social costs are evident: 1 million NEETs (youths Not in Education, Employment, or Training) in the streets, and a welfare bill of £30 billion per annum to help single parents survive.
HOW DID WE GET HERE?
Our publication, Family Court Crisis in the United Kingdom (click here), presented at the House of Commons in January 2010, discusses the history of parenting and child care laws in the UK, and explores reasons behind the prevailing divorce epidemic and proposes some child-centric solutions. A critical overview of existing empirical research with regards to Shared -v- Sole Parenting is provided, together with a brief history of child psychological studies over the last 50 years, with emphasis on political relevance and impact.
In Shared Parenting Act – a Green Paper (click here), we examine the merits of Shared Residence and Care as a logical starting point for any arrangement for post-separation parenting. This paper proposes a comprehensive overhaul of the existing childcare legislation and paves the way for a brighter, more equitable, and child-friendly future. The green paper was presented at the House of Commons in November 2009.