A new law came into force on 22nd October that reinforces the importance of children having relationships with each parent following family breakdown.
The change will encourage parents to be more focused on children’s needs following separation and the role they each play in the child’s life, says the Government. The new law will require family courts to presume that each parent’s involvement in the child’s life will further their welfare – where it is safe. However the needs of the child will always remain the paramount priority of the courts.
Parental involvement is the last part of the Children and Families Act 2014 to be implemented and marks the end of a significant phase of reforms to the Family Justice system.
In 2011 the Family Justice Review landmark report found that the family justice system was ‘no system at all’ and that children’s needs were not being met. Since then the Government has made a number of reforms so that the needs of children are firmly at the heart of the family justice system from now on.
The reforms include:
The Government intends to continue monitoring the family justice system closely, and has recently announced a single mediation session for both parties if one of them is already legally aided.
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