Two pieces of good news today:
Firstly, Family Law reports that the 'shared parenting' presumption in clause 11 of the Children and Families Bill has been 'watered down'. The clause of course provides that courts should ‘presume, unless the contrary is shown, that involvement of that parent in the life of the child concerned will further the child's welfare'. This was felt by many, including myself, to be an invitation to parents to claim that they were entitled to an equal share of the child's time. Thankfully, common sense has prevailed and the clause has been amended to state that ‘involvement' means involvement of some kind, either direct or indirect, but not ‘any particular division of a child's time'. I can hear those fathers' rights types grating their teeth in frustration...
And secondly, from the country's #topfamilylawyer:
Average relationship is now just 2 years and 9 months: http://t.co/kBtZGKIs3L << Excellent news!
— Sir Edgar Venal (@EdgarVenal) February 5, 2014