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Shared Parenting to become the norm in Divorce in Belgium
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Posted by: Danny Guspie 9/23/2007
As reported in the latest Episode of DadCast (Episode 4), this news item confirms that Joint Custody legislation is coming making shared parenting the norm in Belgium during Divorce.

Shared custody to become easier in Belgium

Tues 21/03/06 - The Federal Parliament's Justice Select Committee has accepted a new bill, which will make it easier for parents to share custody of their children after a divorce.

At present, it is usually the mother, who is granted custody. However, under the proposals, shared custody would become the norm.

Shared custody would only be refused if there were sound reasons for doing so.

The MP behind the proposals, Guy Swennen (Flemish socialist) told the VRT that reasons of geography or housing could still be used for not granting shared custody.

"More advantages than disadvantages"

Up until now, judges were free when it came to granting custody. A judge who was against shared custody on principle, could dismiss a request for shared custody out of hand.

Guy Swennen
(picture Belga)

"In the past, a parent was automatically granted full custody of his or her children, if his or her former partner had turned down an offer of shared custody", Mr Swennen said.

The socialist MP from Limburg province says that there is scientific evidence proving that shared custody has more advantages than disadvantages.

Members of the Select Committee have spent more than a year discussing the changes.

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