Plans to enshrine in family law the principle that children should have a meaningful relationship with both mum and dad are likely to be dropped.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the proposal is understood to have been left out of a report on family justice by former pensions regulator and civil servant, David Norgroves.
The paper reports that, according to Whitehall sources, the statement has been dropped because it put too much pressure on judges to allocate time that each parents had to spend with their children.
The move is sure to anger fathers’ rights groups, including Fathers 4 Justice, which has campaigned for equal parenting rights.
“The Tories promised a fundamental review of family law and said that Norgrove was not good enough. But they’ve made a complete U-turn,” Nadine O’Connor, Fathers 4 Justice campaign co-ordinator, told the Daily Mail.
Figures show that 8% of single parents are dads, meaning that there are 200,000 single fathers in the country bringing up 300,000 children.
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