Family Solicitors Ipswich – Shared parenting roles

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‘The Children and Families Bill, which will become law shortly, ventures into the  concept of ‘shared parenting’ on divorce and separation. There will be a presumption that both parents will play an active role in their children’s lives. However, the danger may lie in the public perception of ‘shared parenting’. Many people will assume that this means a 50:50 division of time between each parent but this is not, in fact, what will always happen. A parent can still play an active role in a child’s life even if the actual time spent is less than 50%.

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Research shows that the old adage ‘quality not quantity’ is what benefits children most and there are concerns that some children simply do not cope well with constantly upping sticks to move home. Studies showed that many children placed in this position were desperate to break free of the regime at 18, but continued to feel throughout their adult lives that time must be spent with each parent equally.’

Nicola Furmston is a family law solicitor at Barker Gotelee, solicitors in Ipswich

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