Help Change Family Law. Support Children's Rights to Family. *Paragraph 4

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Although they are greatly affected, and often left scarred in later years, children's views are not taken into account when family contact ends. Some children are denied contact with one of their own parents. Others are denied contact with their grandparents and wider family. 

The 'no contact' action taken by these parent/s causes immense pain and suffering. Some people have committed suicide, others experience a living grief that cannot pass in the way it does with the finality and closure of death. Many people are affected by this no contact action, yet only the wishes of the parent/s are considered. The rights of the child/ren, who are being alienated from their families, is denied. This is not an act of love on the part of the parent/s. Parental Alienation is widely recognised as emotional abuse. Child abuse. These children are simply weapons, used to cause harm to others. No loving parent/s would treat their child/ren in this way.

All family members are important and their value should be recognised and acknowledged. Children should have automatic contact if that is what they want. A child centred approach, where a child has engaged in safe and regular contact (ie enjoyed a relationship), should be utilised. It is damaging & harmful to children to deny this, and ultimately results in the child's rights not being exercised. We are not adversaries of the Family Court, we know and love our children. We too see our children's best interests as paramount. The law needs changing to reflect this. Help us to give our children a voice.

*This petition is for a change in family law, to include a provision such as in France, which states that 'the child has the right to personal relationships with his ascendants (grandparents and great grandparents) and that only very serious reasons can hinder this right'.

This law respects the rights of children & their families and would avoid contact being forced via the court system.

References:                                                                        **UN Convention. Article 3: (Best interests of the child):    The best interests of children must be the primary concern in making decisions that may affect them. All adults should do what is best for children. When adults make decisions, they should think about how their decisions will affect children. This particularly applies to budget, policy and law makers

**UN Convention. Article 4: (Protection of rights): Governments have a responsibility to take all available measures to make sure children’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled.  They must help families protect children’s rights and create an environment where they can grow and reach their potential. In some instances, this may involve changing existing laws or creating new ones. (Abbreviated)

**UN Convention. Article 12: Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight
in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.

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