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Second International Shared Parenting Conference in Bonn

The second International Conference on Shared Parenting will take place on 9-11 December 2015 in Bonn, Germany.  FNF Scotland will attend the event and tell the international audience how Scotland's Year of the Dad will include promotion of shared parenting.

Experts from science, family professions and civil society will gather from across the world at the “Gustav-Stresemann-Institut (GSI)” in Bonn to present their research and discuss best practices for legislative and psycho-social implementation of shared parenting as a viable and beneficial solution for children whose parents are living apart.

The event will be jointly chaired by the President of the International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP), Prof. Edward Kruk, MSW, PhD, University of British Columbia, Canada, and the Chair of the ICSP Scientific Committee, Prof. Dr. Hildegund Sünderhauf, Lutheran University Nuremberg, Germany.

The International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP) is an international association with individual members from the sectors science, family professions and civil society. The purpose of the association is  the dissemination and advancement of scientific knowledge on the needs and rights (“best interests”) of children whose parents are living apart, and to formulate evidence-based recommendations about the legal, judicial and practical implementation of shared parenting.


International conference on Shared Parenting

Over 100 delegates from 21 countries (22 if you count Scotland) met in Bonn in July 2014 for the first international conference on Shared Parenting.

Lawyers, academics and members of family support organisations heard about research into the benefits of shared parenting for children and how family law across the world is starting to move away from the sole residence model towards joint parental responsibility as the norm after separation.

Professor Edward Kruk, first president of the International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP), stated the conference aims as developing evidence-based approaches to the needs and rights of children whose parents are living apart. 

He described the strong public support for shared parenting, which has helped to achieve legislative change such as the new Swiss law, although opposition from the Canadian Bar Association scuppered Canadian Bill C-560 in May 2014 at second reading. The Bill sought to apply the principle of equal parenting as default for judges making parenting orders.

This shift towards shared parenting was also mentioned by Dr Ned Holstein from the American National Parents Organisation in a message of welcome.  He suggested that we now have a critical mass of research data showing how children benefit from shared parenting, and now should explore how to make it work for parents in conflict, how effective it is in preventing parental alienation, and how shared parenting can best be applied for never-married parents.

Although the conference mood was overwhelmingly optimistic, with consensus on key issues, the real challenge will lie in convincing the judiciary and politicians that things need to change.  The ICSP will continue its work to develop evidence-based approaches to the needs and rights of children whose parents are living apart.  Some key themes of the conferernce are described in the following articles.


Shared Parenting international conference

Researchers, family lawyers and organisations promoting shared parenting from all over the world will be attending a conference in Bonn from 9th - 11th July 2014 to discuss research findings on shared parenting and family life.

The conference is organised by the newly established International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP) supported by the German Federal Ministry of Family and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), a major German research funding organization.

The conference will discuss responses to the alarming increase in psycho-social and developmental problems among children whose parents are living apart.  Under the theme "Bridging the Gap between Empirical Evidence and Socio-Legal Practice", a wide range of international experts in the field of shared parenting will present their research results and practical experience. The conference language is English, simultaneous translation will be provided in English, French and German.

 For more information and to register, please see the Conference's website. FNF Scotland will attend and report on the event.


Changing the culture: the challenge of B v G

The Scottish Child Law Centre, in association with the Murray Stable Family Law Group, is presenting a seminar on procedure and practice in contact actions.

In the recent case of B v G the Supreme Court criticised procedure and practice in contact actions.  It makes clear that our system is failing the children whose future is at stake. It may even be damaging them.

  We can reform pleadings, impose case management, change the structure of judgments, clarify the role of curators ad litem but, as Lord Reed points out in his judgment, we need a change in culture.

This seminar, 'Changing the Culture: The Challenge of B v G [2012] UKSC 21', which will be chaired by Janys M Scott QC, of Murray Stable, is designed to explore how this may be achieved.

The speakers - Catriona Whyte, Scottish Legal Aid Board; Sheriff Frank Crowe, Edinburgh Sheriff Court; Ross Macfarlane, Advocate, Murray Stable; Stephen Brand, Solicitor; Graham Harding, Curator ad litem; Ian Maxwell, Families Need Fathers Scotland; Louise Johnson, Women's Aid; and Morag Driscoll, Scottish Child Law Centre - will come armed with their best ideas. There will be an opportunity to discuss the potential for a new culture.

The seminar will be held on Friday 31 August 2012 from 10am-1pm (registration and coffee from 9.30am) in the Mackenzie Building, Old Assembly Close, 172 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QX.

To book a place visit www.sclc.org.uk and download a booking form or contact them on 0131 668 4400; Email: enquiries@sclc.org.uk.