Sunday, 14 September 2008

Penalties for partners who block child access

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New laws bring threat of up to 200 hours' community service and fines
Separated husbands and wives who block their former partners from seeing their children could be forced to do community service under new laws coming into force in the autumn.
The move is likely to be welcomed by fathers' rights groups, which in recent years have led high-profile campaigns to highlight the problems fathers have maintaining contact with their children once relationships break down.
But it has drawn criticism from some justice experts. 'I'm not convinced unpaid work will change the way people think or behave,' said Anthony Douglas, chief executive of Cafcass, which advises the courts on the interests of children in family proceedings. 'It might be the right thing to do in a handful of cases. But what we really need is more specialist family support services with counselling for both children and parents.'

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