Change UK law to give the both parents automatic parental responsibility of their child.

Change UK law to give the both parents automatic parental responsibility of their child.

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James Ferguson started this petition to UK Parliament

You maybe thought that seeing as though it takes two to tango and produce a child, that both were equally responsible for the child. 

I thought this too, though as is usually the case you don't find out the details in the law until you find yourself in a position where you need to know. The change we can make here will positively effect the lives of children. 

The UK law as it stands only gives parental rights automatically to the mother. The father can have parental rights if he applies for it or fits other criteria dependind on where in the UK he lives. This is truly scandalous and is something that in recent decades has been more of a hindrance than help for young people where seperation has occurred. 

You would hope both parents look for the best option to support their children in a emotionally difficult time such as their parents splitting up, though often this particular bias in the law is manipulated. In such a socially diverse time it is not always the right thing to assume that the mother is in the right regards making all parental decisions. Increasingly we are aware of the reports of this being used as leveredge over the father's for either control or financial gain. 

When my wife left me and our 3 boys (my youngest being 3 at the time) and moved to another country, I faced many walls and procedures that automatically requested for permission and letters from the mother. It was tough on the boys and I. It is tough on many fathers and their children. For mothers too as they have the social expectations and heavy responsibilities piled upon them in a changing world.

Parental responsibility is not a competition. It is about supporting the children in the areas of there wellbeing that are our responsibilities as their parents. Not to be used to score points with an ex nor this perception to be used that mother is right and father wrong. It is both out responsibilities for the benefit of those we care for.

I believe changing this law will have knock on positive effects that will help families and our positive teamwork supporting our children. 

Thank you. 

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