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Child’s right to see father does not mean equal time with each parent

Published: 13th February 2012 - Category: Children - Author: Lynne Bastow

So says Ken Clarke “meaningful relationship is not about equal division of time, but the quality of parenting received by the child”, as reported in The Independent.

The Government stress that they are putting the interest of children first – no change there then and that there is a belief that fathers are treated unfairly but this belief is unfounded. He said:

“What we are doing is going to state that principle in the law, because there are far too many people who think it’s not being applied – although I do think the courts do apply it and try to apply it in most cases.”

Not sure the statement of the principle will achieve anything.

The norm is that a child has one home post separation. If a father wishes to have an equal division of time with his child the onus is on him to prove that it is in the child’s best interest.  Judges are not averse to citing the norm as a counter argument.

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