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Families Need Fathers Charter
There are 12 million children in the UK, 4 million endure the separation of their mother and father.
- No child shall be denied a full and proper relationship with his or her parents unless it has been proven that such a relationship presents a risk to the child. Any attempt to deny or obstruct this relationship should be regarded as unacceptable.
- There should be a presumption of shared residence and this should be the starting point when parents separate.
- Children must feel that they have two properly involved parents, with free access to both.
- The importance of grandparents and the wider family must be recognised and addressed.
- Children should spend enough time with both parents to be able to negate any attempts at ‘parental alienation’.
- Preventing a child having a relationship with both parents by breaching a court order is unacceptable and the law should treat such breaches promptly and severely.
- Support services for families undergoing divorce or separation should be readily available.
- ‘Family friendly’ entitlements should be available to both parents equally. Public money to support parenting, including child benefit and Tax credits, should be shared between carers.
- More should be done to educate those who do not appreciate the impact of parental separation and divorce on children.
- The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child should be incorporated into British Domestic Law.