Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Scottish Research: Legal System May Favour Fathers

According to The Herald a study by the Centre for Research into Families and Children at Edinburgh University shows 8% of children in contact disputes in family courts in Scotland are compelled to visit or stay with a parent who is alleged to have committed domestic abuse. The report by Dr Kirsteen Mackay shows rather than the  system being biased against dads, the reverse may be true, with the system favouring fathers over mothers. The study, Hearing Children in Court Disputes Between Parents, calls  for   more specialised training for sheriffs, court reporters and solicitors in dealing with children. 

The Centre for Research on Families and Relationships briefing is available here.


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