Shared Parenting Information Group (SPIG) UK
- promoting responsible shared parenting after separation and divorce -
Aims and objectives
- To promote responsible shared parenting after separation and divorce.
- To make available information, research and resources to all concerned.
Statement of vision and values
- Children have a right to a loving relationship with both their parents.
- Each parent has a unique contribution to make to their child's development.
- After separation and divorce, wherever possible children should share their time between both parents equally.
- Children need to be protected from the harm of losing contact with one parent, particularly fathers who have in the past tended to be marginalised.
- Gender-based discrimination in the family court and welfare systems should be highlighted and challenged, to ensure that both parents are treated equally.
- Separating couples with children need special help and support. There should be a properly funded and staffed national family conciliation / mediation service and a national network of family contact centres.
- To support children's rights as laid down by the UN Declaration of Children's Rights.
- To promote shared parenting
- To campaign for a natural presumption of shared residence after separation and divorce.
- To campaign for a statutory duty on resident parents to promote contact between children and their non-resident parent.
- To increase public awareness of the problems faced by children and parents after family breakdown and separation.
- To promote discussion and research into shared parenting and disseminate relevant information.
- To encourage public debate on the roles and value of each parent after separation or divorce.
- To campaign for presumptive parental responsibility for unmarried fathers.
- To promote progressive welfare practice.
- To challenge established gender-based inequalities in judicial and welfare practice.
- To seek to change and improve the law and policy relating to children of family breakdown.
- To campaign for a fair system of child support consistent with the principles of shared parenting.
Arthur Baker and David Cannon
Last updated - 16 August 1999
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