The introduction of a new bill that is aimed at enhancing the rights of children to stay in contact with both of their parents after a divorce may have raised unrealistic expectations, according to a retired judge. Parents in Manchester who are going through a divorce and who believe that the changes to the 1989 Children's Act will guarantee them equal access to their child should be aware that judges will still hand down rulings that they believe are in the best interests of the child.
The Shared Parenting Bill is the Government's proposal to ensure that, after a divorce, the parent who is not the main care giver of the child is still able to be involved in the child's life. Sanctions for failing to adhere to court orders can include the confiscation of documents such as passports or driving licences and even being subjected to movement restrictions, such as curfews. The bill has been criticised by a number of organisations, including the Law Society.