Tomorrow, proposed shared parenting legislation will be debated in Parliament. You can help to ensure that this becomes law.
Section 11 of the Children and Families Bill sets out a presumption of shared parenting for consideration by Parliament. It states that family courts are "to presume, unless the contrary is shown, that involvement of that parent in the life of the child concerned will further the child's welfare."
With the Second Reading of the Children and Families Bill scheduled for 25 February, and more detailed work on the Bill to take place in the coming months, it is crucial that we ensure that policy makers remain aware of how important shared parenting is to children of separated parents and their
To do this, we need your help.
There are two ways that you can make sure your voice is heard. The first is to take part in the Public Reading of the Children and Families Bill online; follow this link and leave your comment, and these will be made available to the MPs on the Bill Committee.
The second thing you can do is to make contact with your local MP, and let them know why they should support this Bill. Speak or write to them, briefly explain your experiences, and why you believe a presumption of shared parenting would help to prevent children from having a relationship with a loving parent damaged through no fault of their own in future. If you're not sure how
to contact your MP, you can do it through www.theyworkforyou.com - just type in your postcode and it will bring up details for your MP and an option to send them an email.
If contacting your MP, be sure to be courteous, focus only on the issue of shared parenting, and explain that shared parenting is not about parental rights; it is about ensuring children are not the victims of parental separation, and that they can continue to benefit from a loving relationship
with both parents wherever possible.
This legislation is close to becoming law; it will not help those that have gone before, but it could help to ensure that the next generation of children do not lose touch with a parent without justification.
You can help us to make this happen. Please take a few minutes this weekend to comment on the Bill, or get in touch with your MP!
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