I was interested to read on Family Law yesterday that a private members bill on shared parenting was tabled on Tuesday in the House of Commons by Brian Binley, Conservative MP for Northampton South. The summary of the Bill is: "A Bill to provide for the making of Shared Parenting Orders and to create a legal presumption that such Orders enhance the welfare of the child unless certain exceptions apply; and for connected purposes". Mr Binley quotes himself on his blog as saying:
"Shared 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 a 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.
I hope the Bill will go some way to help this which can only be good for society."
I have, of course, already stated here that I am in favour of a presumption of shared parenting. I don't know what the chances are of the Bill getting passed, but at least the idea is receiving attention.
The Bill, which is supported by ten other MPs, will be debated in the House of Commons next summer.