(OK, we know that “custody” disappeared as a legal concept in 1991 but it is still a word that many people use to describe the legal label dealing with where a child lives, so excuse my outdated jargon.) “I won’t force the children to see their mother/father” is a statement I hear often from parents
What is parental responsibility? Who has it? Who can acquire it? In my last previous article on this subject I looked at the role of step-parents and, more importantly, their legal status. To recap, a step-parent doesn’t typically have any ‘custody’ rights to stepchildren and therefore their powers are limited in respect of their step children.
Certainly Walt Disney has a lot to answer for, with his caricatures of ‘the wicked stepmother’ featuring so strikingly in many of the classic fairy tales. The demonized cold-faced, heartless and cruel women who makes life so very harsh and difficult for her stepchildren, has many youngsters shaking in their seats! Have those stories shaped
Step families and ‘blended’ families are a very common feature of modern life. The definition of a step parent also appears to becoming more and more wide ranging. Step parents are often viewed as anyone who has taken on the role of a parent whether through divorce, death or otherwise. Step parenting now seem to
At Family Law Partners we often support clients through a relationship breakdown where a new stepfamily or stepparent relationship is formed. In the first in a new series of guest blog posts we invite Kim Crewe, Family Consultant with Separation Matters, to explore the impact of new family structures on the children. “Most of us