Sunday, July 25, 2010

Unmarried fathers to get automatic joint custody over children

This is an interesting development in Germany.  Unmarried dads are being considered as equal parents. It will be with interest to see if it gets passed. Here's hoping it does. Someone should tell Tasha Kheiriddin, the lawyer trying to be a journalist over at Canada's National Post. She believes in maternal supremacy no matter the marital status and supports her bar associations opposition to shared/equal parenting in Canada as proposed in Bil C-422.  No conflict of interest in her job - eh! She also calls herself a conservative but Red Tory or fiscally conservative liberal may be closer to the point.MJM


Published: 24 Jul 10 12:29 CET


Fathers who are not married to the mothers of their children could soon automatically have equal rights over their children, with Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger preparing to change the law in their favour.

The idea is to introduce a presumption of joint custody over children, rather than the current presumption of a mother’s right to sole custody, according to a report in the Passauer Neue Presse newspaper.

Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has told officials to draw up a draft to make the change, and intends to start it on the way to becoming law this autumn.

“Children should have the right that their fathers taken on responsibility and make joint-decisions over important things in their lives,” Stephan Thomae, family rights expert from Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger’s Free Democratic Party.

He said unmarried parents would share custody unless the mother – or presumably, the father - convinces a court to grant her sole custody over the child.

The Christian Democratic Union would seem to be in favour of the proposal, according to Ute Granold, who speaks on family matters for the parliamentary CDU.

“Living together should not be a prerequisite for joint custody,” she said.
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