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The government’s response to the Norgrove Report is in danger of falling short, says Lisa Pepper

8 March 2012

Last year, economist David Norgrove and his panel produced their government-commissioned report on a review of the family justice system. The government formally responded to the final report of the Family Justice Review in early February, and the response heralds a change in family law.

Word of warning

One important recommendation the government has chosen to ignore in the review is of ‘no change’ to the Children Act 1989 with regards to shared parenting. Norgrove’s report had said: “No legislation should be introduced that creates or risks creating the perception that there is a parental right to substantially shared or equal time for both parents.” However, the government has decided to change the Children Act 1989 to include a ‘presumption of shared parenting’.

In Australia, a similar provision for a ...

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