It’s an amazing snowy Monday here at Researching Reform and whilst our sled is all ready for the lunch break toboggan run, we start the morning off with our usual question, in which we question what must be questioned.
And this week, we are questioning shared parenting. We’ve had some very engaging and interesting discussions on our website recently on the topic, but with a question mark (pardon the pun), still hanging over what the exact definition should be if enshrined into the Children Act 1989 or placed into a policy document, we thought we’d get a little mischievous and ask this question:
How would you define shared parenting?
Whether you feel it should mean an equal split of a child’s time between both parents, one home in which a child lives and the parents move in and out of as they rotate around that child, or simply a looser and more fluid sharing of time, don’t be shy, tell us what you think. The poster who gets the definition almost exactly should it go on to be implemented in law, will get a prize!
Possible answer: We think, if the government does go ahead with an attempted definition on shared parenting, that it will choose to place a sentence within the Children Act 1989 which reiterates the welfare of the child principle whilst at the same time adding a presumption on shared parenting, without defining specific terms and which will seek to caveat elements of risk through an evidence-based outlook. In short, everything the Act says already. Yawn.