Shared parenting presumptions set â€¨to be introduced in the Children Act 1989 will remind parents that children cannot be used as pawns in disputes between adults. â€¨Austin Chessell reports
The Department for Education announced on 6 November 2012 that it proposes to introduce amendments to The Children Act 1989 to allow for a presumption of shared parenting. There will be a new section 1 (2A) inserted into the Act as follows:
'(2A) A court, in the circumstances mentioned in subsection (4)(a) or (7), is as respects each parent within subsection (6)(a) to presume, unless the contrary is shown, that involvement of that parent in the life of the child concerned will further the child's welfare.'
The restrictions upon the presumption will be elaborated in new sub-sections (6) and (7) as follows: