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Give children and parents automatic rights to equal contact after separation

Submitted by Andrew ward on Friday 25th September 2020

Published on Thursday 22nd October 2020

Current status: Open

Open until: Thursday 22nd April 2021

Current Signatures: 7,046
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Access ~ Anxiety ~ Child ~ Children ~ concerns ~ Equal ~ Individuals ~ Time

Petition Action

Give children and parents automatic rights to equal contact after separation

Petition Details

Create enforceable rights for children to have equal time with both parents, and each parent have equal time with their children, following separation where there are no proven safeguarding concerns. These rights should be enforceable without the need for lengthy court processes.

Additional Information

Resident parents retain control over child access and often withhold them without proper justification. This leads to non-resident parents fighting a lengthy court process which can be at the detriment to their and their children’s relationships. Lack of contact can also have an adverse effect on the non-resident parent and child’s mental health, which can lead to depression and anxiety, which can have disastrous consequences for individuals affected.

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