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Joint custody soon to become law - in Switzerland

Automatic joint custody (residence) is on the fast track to becoming law in Switzerland.

MPs have massively supported a bill that would impose it in case of separation. Some wanted it linked to a reform of alimony, but most MPs felt this was too complex a question and would just cause delays.

Justice minister Simonetta Sommaruga speaking in Parliament, said: “Parental responsibility is the duty of both parents. It’s a duty as much as a right. Parents are still parents if they separate, divorce or are not married. Therefore custody should be granted to the mother and father.”

The bill now goes to the Council of States. Senators are also expected to approve it.

(world Radio Service, September 26th)