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Parents automatic joint custody to their children

Comment 3rd July 2010

Automatic Joint custody to children by the parents to ensure balance.  Both parents to have access rights to see their children (exept in exeptional circumstances of course).  Joint responsibility for their children including finance.  At the moment the Mother may receive money for her child but this is not always spent on the child.  Efforts should be made to stop the culture of having children (different fathers) to make a living or avoid going out to work.  Perhaps giving benefits in vouchers would be appropriate in some cases.  At the moment the Mother can control access to the child, very often this is abused and is damaging and very upsetting to the child.

The CSA are a collection agency only (their own words) they do not ensure the welfare of the child or even protect the child by ensuing the money they collect is used to help the child.

Why does this matter?

The children would benefit by automatic joint custody by having access to both their parents, each parent can be involved in their child's upbringing which is surely a moral thing and right.  It is safer for the child when open access is normal and any responsible parent would agree with the importance of this. Child care would be more transparent for the child involved.

There would be less state expense with Legal Aid and less stress for those who have to struggle to find the money to pay for battles for access rights to see their children especially when the access is denied for spiteful reasons only!

Consider the high profile cases where children have been harmed by their parent with sole access, the Mother is ,at will,  allowed to let any stranger she wishes into the child's life.  In many cases Social Services fail a child.  Very often,  the Mothers latest boyfriend has more access to a child than the child's natural father. 

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