Parenting Issues after Separation

A Scandinavian perspective

Authored by: Anna Singer

Routledge Handbook of Family Law and Policy

Print publication date:  July  2020
Online publication date:  July  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367195526
eBook ISBN: 9781003058519
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The law concerning parenting issues after separation has for a long time been a key policy area in the Scandinavian countries. 1 The best interest of the child has been a guiding principle and during the last decades, there have been frequent and sometimes significant legislative initiatives to achieve this. One way of protecting the child’s best interest has been the use of joint legal parental responsibility for parents who are not living together. ‘Equal parenting’ through joint legal responsibility has been seen as an important element to emphasize the child’s interest and to give the child an opportunity to have access to both parents even if they are not living together (see also Chapter 3.33.4 of this book). At the same time there are ongoing reforms in order to encourage the participation of the child in proceedings concerning parental disputes.

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