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Lawyers welcome Norgrove report into family justice
In the 21st c how can we justify enshrining gender inequality into the Law? Men and women are either equal or they're not. Having the sexes equal in Employment Law yet unequal in Family Law is as illogical as it is unfair. Contact with both parents is a right of the child; to deny them contact with their father and paternal grandparents after divorce is monstrous. Norgrove states that "enshrining such rights in law could slow down already lengthy and expensive custody cases." Are we to sacrifice the rights of our children just to speed things along? The best way to avoid custody cases is do what the French do and split children's time equally between both parents when couples split. Arguments are rendered pointless and everyone knows what will happen should they split. Norgrove's proposals will act as an incentive to divorce for some women. Why should they work at a relationship or compromise when they know they'll get the children, and the house and money that goes with them?
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