Posted on | July 18, 2012 | 21 Comments
So Alan Beith, Chair of the Justice Select Committee and government advisor, has written to David Cameron asking him to reconsider government policy on shared parenting. The letter, sent last week to the PM, the Secretary of State for Justice, the Minister of State for Children and Families, and to the Parliamentary-Under Secretaries of State for Justice and Education, in essence asks the government to think again about its plans to implement a shared parenting provision, raising concerns with all of the four proposed legislative provisions set out in the current consultation.
I think that it is pretty significant that the Justice Select Committee has taken this action at a point where the Government has announced it plans to implement this policy in some shape or form and is now consulting on how best to go about it. It is a direct challenge to government policy and comes in the same week as the All Party Parliamentary Group on Child Protection launched its own enquiry into the proposed family justice reforms, including safety issues around shared parenting (see here also).
I have not forgotten that I have promised to set out my own views on shared parenting, and on a separate but related point, to respond to Stephen Twist’s own innovative proposals for restructuring private law disputes. It’s a question of prioritising other more pressing issues. It’s on the to do list…