10 May 2012
Queen's Speech unveils family law changes
Changes are set to be made to the way in which divorce proceedings are handled in the UK to give fathers more access rights to their children, it has emerged.
During the Queen's Speech given yesterday (May 9th), it was announced that the government is planning to implement numerous reforms to legislation relating to legal separations.
Under the proposed alterations to the Children and Families Bill, both parents will be permitted to forge a proper relationship with their offspring following a break-up, when it is in the best interests of the children.
Children's minister Tim Loughton said these reforms are being made as the government is determined to "clarify and restore public confidence that the courts properly recognise the joint nature of parenting".
In addition, changes will also be made to the law relating to adoption rulings to impose a six-month time limit for family courts in England and Wales to make final decisions on whether a child needs to go into care.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson