Keep the Presumption of Parental Involvement

Keep the Presumption of Parental Involvement

The Importance of Presumption of Parental Involvement: Section 11 of the Children and Family Act 2014

Parental involvement is crucial for a child’s overall development and well-being. Recognising this, the Children and Family Act 2014 in Section 11 emphasises the presumption of parental involvement, emphasising the importance of both parents in a child’s life, especially during and after separation or divorce.

[Section 11, can be found here]

The presumption of parental involvement is based on the understanding that, unless proven otherwise, it is in the child’s best interests to have a relationship with both parents. This principle acknowledges the importance of maintaining meaningful relationships between children and both of their parents, regardless of the parents’ relationship status.

One of the key aspects of the presumption of parental involvement outlined in Section 11 is the responsibility of the court to ensure, where applicable, that both parents are involved in their child’s life. This can include decisions regarding residence, contact, and other aspects of upbringing.

Maintaining the presumption of parental involvement is essential for several reasons:

  1. **Child Well-being** Research consistently shows that children fare better when they have positive and consistent relationships with both parents. The presumption of parental involvement ensures that children maintain these relationships even when their parents are no longer together.
  1. **Emotional Stability:** Children thrive on stability and consistency. Maintaining a relationship with both parents provides children with a sense of security and emotional stability, even during times of family upheaval.
  1. **Legal Protection:** The presumption of parental involvement provides legal protection for both parents, ensuring that they have the opportunity to play an active role in their child’s life, unless there are extenuating circumstances that suggest it would not be in the child’s best interests.

The presumption of parental involvement outlined in Section 11 of the Children and Family Act 2014 is vital for promoting the well-being of children and ensuring that they maintain positive relationships with both parents, even in the event of separation or divorce. By upholding this presumption, we prioritise the best interests of the child and promote healthier family dynamics.

Act now, please download this template letter, personalise it and email or post it to your Member of Parliament; find their contact details here  

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