Children 'need a greater say' in family law

The views of children need to be taken into account during divorce proceedings, an independent panel of experts has established.

David Norgrove, chair of the Family Justice Review Panel, highlighted that children are the most important people in the family law system so must therefore be involved in helping to shape its future.

"Our recommendations aim to bring children to the forefront by … making the system more able to cope with current and future pressures and diverting more issues away from court where appropriate," he commented.

Mr Norgrove stressed that organisational changes would also be necessary, as would the way in which the family law system is managed.

This follows comments from Judy Reith, parenting coach at, who said that children's role in divorce cases needs to be carefully considered.

She noted that youngsters should not be made to feel in any way responsible for what has happened.

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Published on: June 10, 2011

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