Is shared parenting legislation really the way forward?

June 1, 2011 18 comments

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Would legislation for shared parenting time help children? This question is asked in the latest study published by the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford.Its authors focus upon research in Australia, where changes to encourage shared care parenting were made in 2006. Shared parenting arrangements, in which childcare is split…

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Gloria Hunniford and grandparents’ rights

December 2, 2010 1 comment

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The TV and radio presenter Gloria Hunniford has published a new book called Glorious Grandparenting. I was delighted to be asked to contribute a detailed section about legal rights for grandparents. It is a subject that is close to my heart: I have written previously about how grandparents, even when they enjoy close relationships with…

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Divorce and children: how “conciliation hearings” can heal disagreements – by guest blogger Stephen Hopwood

January 22, 2010 1 comment

Conciliation hearings

Divorce cases that involve disagreements about children are often described as “difficult”. Emotions run high; at a local level the judiciary may have to fall upon its own judgement when asked to choose one suitable option above others. Bitterness, heartache and large legal bills can result. Is there another way? I think so. The majority…

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