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Parents who are separating should turn to lawyers and the courts only as a last resort, the president of the family division has said, commending a new report that calls for parental breakdown to be moved away from a ‘justice’ response.

The judiciary today published a 123-page report by the Family Solutions Group, which was asked to look at improving the experiences of, and opportunities for, separating families away from the family court.

Nearly three decades after the Children Act 1989 was implemented, replacing the concept of child ‘custody’ with a new legal concept of ‘parental responsibility’, today’s report says the inspiring principles underpinning the act have yet to be fully realised. Rather than introduce policy and funding to support awareness of ‘parental responsibility’ and ‘child welfare’, the report says ‘successive governments have funded our family justice system, with the door of the court open to all’.

Read the full article here: Law Gazette

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