Our articles are written by experts in their field and include barristers, solicitors, judges, mediators, academics and professionals from a range of related disciplines. Family Law provides a platform for debate for all the important topics, from divorce and care proceedings to transparency and access to justice. If you would like to contribute please email editor@familylaw.co.uk.
A day in the life Of...
Read on

US remedies to children when non-resident parents abandon them after separation or divorce

Date:16 JUL 2007

Marjory D Fields Attorney at Law New York USA International Family Law Chambers London. The harm to children caused when their non-resident parent abandons them demands recognition argues Marjory D Fields. There is a general focus on mothers who violate agreements and court orders for contact by non-resident fathers as opposed to on fathers who fail to maintain contact with their children after separation or divorce. This article puts forward the proposition that lack of contact with a non-resident parent despite agreements or court orders is extremely damaging to children. There is no provision in UK law requiring compliance by the non-resident parent with contact orders nor is there any remedy available to left-behind children or the resident parent for emotional distress and financial losses caused by the non-resident parent's failure to maintain contact. It does not look likely that proposed reforms to the law in the UK will include such remedies. The author argues for equal treatment of resident and non-resident parents under the law so that the duties and restrictions are shared and contact with the non-resident...

Read the full article here.