Children and Adoption Bill [HL] — 14 Nov 2005 at 16:15

Report received.

moved Amendment No. 1:

Before Clause 1, insert the following new clause-

"PRESUMPTION IN FAVOUR OF CO-PARENTING

"CO-PARENTING

After section 1(1) of the Children Act 1989 (c. 41) (welfare of the child) insert-

"(1A) In respect of subsection (1)(a) the court shall, unless a good reason to the contrary be shown, act on the presumption that a child's welfare is best served through residence with his parents and, if his parents are not living together, through sole residence with one parent or shared residence with both of them and through both of them being as fully and equally involved in his parenting as possible.""

On Question, Whether the said amendment (No. 1) shall be agreed to?

Their Lordships divided: Contents, 94; Not-Contents, 190

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