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Charlie Elphicke MP makes important contribution to shared parenting debate

Charlie Elphicke MP is presenting, today, a Ten Minute Rule Bill on shared parenting. He has been an MP for less than a year and is already inundated with correspondence from constituents desperate to have a relationship with their children after divorce and separation.

His Bill recognises that children should have a right to both parents playing a significant role in their upbringing after separation and divorce. Mr Elphicke is a father of two and understands how important both parents are to the wellbeing of children. There is abundant evidence that a child's chances in life are greatly improved if both parents continue that involvement. The children stand a better chance of getting educational qualifications, of getting a job and remaining in employment and of staying out of prison than children who do not have two active parents.

Elphicke said “The letters all tell the same story; that the family law system is failing children and parents alike. There is growing consensus that a presumption of shared parenting is necessary, in the House and throughout society in general. I hope that this Bill will go some way towards highlighting the issue.”

Craig Pickering, CEO of FNF said “I am very glad that Charlie is contributing to this debate. The Government’s review of family justice will affect children and parents for decades to come.”