According to an article in the Daily Telegraph, key government figures are preparing their response to the Norgrove Report into family law reform which dropped a plan to enshrine equal access rights for mums and dads in law.
Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, and Iain Duncan Smith, the Welfare Secretary, are said to support the plans to put courts under a legal duty to ensure that both fathers and mothers are given access to children in divorce settlements.
Tim Loughton, the children’s minister, said: “We must do everything we can to improve the system so that it gives children the best chance of growing up under the guidance of two loving parents.
“The culture has shifted away from the traditional view that mothers are primarily responsible for the care of children. Increasingly society recognises the valuable and distinct role of both parents.
“We are looking closely at all the options for promoting shared parenting through possible legislative and non-legislative means.”
The Coalition is expected to announce the plans as part of its official response to the Norgrove report by the end of this month.
Meanwhile, a backbench bill to bolster a child’s right to “grow up knowing and having access to and contact with both parents involved” will be given a second reading later this month.
The bill is sponsored by the Tory MP for Dover, Charlie Elphicke, who is urging Dads to write to their MPs and demand law change. He said:
“Now is the time to change the law and give our kids the best chances in life. The Government is looking at whether to give children the right to know their fathers.
“Fathers should act now by writing to their local MP and Ministers about their experiences and why the law needs to be changed. Child welfare is best served by a relationship with both parents.
“Anti-dad sociologists and weak-kneed judges have undermined the welfare of our children for too long.”
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