Brian Binley, Conservative MP for Northampton South, has presented to the House of Commons a Bill on shared parenting
A Bill supported by Families Need Fathers is to be debated next year.
Brian Binley, Conservative MP for Northampton South, has presented to the House of Commons a Bill on shared parenting. The purpose of the Bill is to make it easier for both parents to stay in a child's life following separation or divorce. It would also seek to provide appropriate safeguards in those cases where it was deemed that shared parenting was not the best solution.
The Bill received its formal first reading on the 13th July. It will not be debated until next year.
Families Need Fathers has welcomed the Bill.
Brian Binley, who spoke about the Bill saidShared parenting legislation is vitally important for all involved, especially the children. Very often court orders are made without the knowledge of the importance of a father's involvement and my Bill will make sure that neither parent is shut out from the child's life when sadly a relationship breaks down.
I don't need to underline the importance of both parents in a child's life. A significant proportion of the social problems in today's society are a result of when a child doesn't have the love and support of both parents where safe. I hope that this bill will go some way to help this, which will only be good for society.
Shared parenting legislation is increasingly common elsewhere in the world. Australia, France, Denmark, Belgium and a number of US states are examples.
Becky Jarvis, Policy Officer of Families Need Fathers saidThe Bill takes account of experience elsewhere. We need Shared Parenting legislation urgently (and comparable legislation elsewhere in the UK). The UK is falling behind the rest of the world. We need family law fit for the 21st century."
FNF said that there is abundant evidence that a child's chances in life are greatly improved if both parents continue to be involved significantly in their lives following separation or divorce.
They stand a better chance of getting educational qualifications, of getting a job and remaining in employment, and of staying out of prison than children who do not have two active parents.
Australia has had such or similar legislation since 2006 and, FNF states, recent research shows the benefits are already starting to emerge.