In Work and Pensions Questions today I raised my ongoing campaign to have the law changed so that following divorce or separation children have the right to know and have a relationship with both parents.
To turn to the issue of contact, does the Minister agree that it is a fundamental right of every child to know and have a relationship with both parents, and that parents who stand in the way of that right are abusing the rights of their children?
I pay tribute to my hon. Friend for the work he has done in this area and for his private Member's Bill. He is absolutely right that all the evidence shows that children who maintain contact with both parents have a much better outlook on life. We are considering not only shared parenting in our consultation, but how we can help more families to work together on child maintenance outside the statutory system in a way that will help them work together on all the issues around a child's life.
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