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Tuesday
Jun262012

Shared parenting is the key to children’s futures

Maria Miller MPIn the week that the Scottish independence debate wound up a notch, we make no apologies for highlighting another positive move from England - we understand that this scheme will also apply in Scotland and are awaiting further details of how it will work.

The UK Government is taking radical steps to promote collaborative parenting in separated families. A fund, worth up to £14 million over two years, is being established to develop effective and innovative support services for separated and separating families. This fund will provide divorcing couples with web-based applications to help deal amicably with acrimonious separations.

The Department for Work and Pensions says that new services will help parents to foster collaborative relationships with each other after separation, including agreeing child maintenance.

Work and Pensions Minister Maria Miller said:  "Shared parenting is the key to children's futures.  The fund will be for interventions that can help parents work together, including intensive counselling, emotional support and mediation, as well as online and telephone advice."

"If separation is unavoidable then having both parents actively involved in their lives is the best way for children to develop. So this is a challenge for organisations and individuals to suggest how we can make this important investment in families really count.”

The announcement follows the Government's commitment to shared parenting which also includes changes to the family justice system and an overhaul of the child maintenance system which is intended to to encourage parents to make their own child maintenance arrangements whenever possible.