Family court judges are divided, he said, with some thinking it recognises the increasingly important role of fathers, while others believe it is too disruptive for children.
“Shared residence orders are not a panacea,” he said, adding that court-imposed solutions “rarely satisfy anybody”.
“I remain of the view that the separated parent’s role in the lives of his or her children retains the same degree of importance as when the parents were living together, even if the opportunities to manifest the qualities which an absent parent can bring to his children may be limited.”
Craig Pickering, of Families Need Fathers, welcomed the speech, saying: “Generally speaking, children do better in every way if they have two parents in their lives, and the children of separated families are no exception.”
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