Introduce a Parenting Charter to help parents understand their responsibilities when they separate
Current laws and definitions around parents’ responsibilities before, during and after separation, whether or not they go through the courts, are too complex and the language is not accessible.
Resolution members have found that, despite most parents having their child’s best interests at heart, many don’t understand what their responsibilities are as a parent going through the separation process or when parenting apart.
Resolution proposes a ‘Parenting Charter’ clearly setting out:
- what children should be able to expect from their parents if they are separating and
- what separating parents need to do in the interests of their children.
We believe a greater shared understanding of rights and responsibilities of both parents (and their children) will reduce the likelihood of parents going to court.
The Parenting Charter
At times of family difficulty, it is easy for adults to forget what it is like to be a child, distracted as they may be by feelings of hurt and fear for the future. Resolution encourages parents to agree together:
OUR CHILDREN HAVE THE RIGHT TO:
- be at the centre of any decisions made about their lives
- feel and be loved and cared for by both parents
- know and have contact with both sides of their families, including any siblings who may not live with them, as long as they are safe
- a childhood, including freedom from the pressures of adult concerns such as financial worries
- financial support and protection from poverty
- support and encouragement in all aspects of their lives, including their education, as well as their physical and mental well-being
- form and express their own views on any matter affecting them
- be kept informed about matters in an age-appropriate manner
- privacy and respect for their feelings, including the way they feel about each of their parents
- protection from information and material, including that found online, which may be harmful to them
- protection from harm, and from adults who might do them harm