The House of Lords Amendment 12 to clause 11 (parental involvement) of the Children & Families Act 2014 made the involvement of both parents with their child or children post separation either 'direct or indirect'. (Parliamentary Note). But ARTICLE 9 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states,
3. States Parties shall respect the right of the child who is separated from one of both parents to maintain personal relations and direct contact with both parents on a regular basis, except if it is contrary to the child's best interests.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child guarantees children 'direct' involvement. It should be a child's 'right' not a 'privilege' to a relationship with both parents post separation and this change to private family law in the UK represents a significant violation of the UN Convention.
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