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Tory family justice reform plans will put children at risk

Issue No. 2289

The Tories plan to make bad changes to family law.

They want to impose a legally binding “presumption of shared parenting” when parents separate and for children to have a “meaningful relationship” with both parents.

The move reflects the government’s determination to blame last summer’s riots on “poor parenting”.

It encouraged an avalanche of bile from right wing groups like Fathers4Justice.

The reality is most parents who separate don’t end up in courts.

And judges already look at what is best for children—which includes their relationship with their parents.

The Tory plans risk dragging out cases—and at worst they will expose children to conflict and abuse.

Once again the Tories have put ideology above welfare.

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Tue 7 Feb 2012, 18:06 GMT
Issue No. 2289
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