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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09142: Gordon Lindhurst (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 3 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the aims of the campaign, Fathers for Justice, with regard to seeking changes in the law to provide better support for fathers seeking access to their children.

Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 12 May 2017

The Scottish Government intends to review Part 1 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995, which is the key legislation on contact. The aim of the review is to ensure the interests of children and their need to form and maintain relationships with key adults in their lives - parents, step-parents, grandparents and other family members - are at the heart of any new statutory measures. The Scottish Government also intends to publish a Family Justice Modernisation Strategy on improving how family cases are dealt with in the courts and on how the voice of the child is heard. As part of our work on the Family Justice Modernisation Strategy, the Scottish Government has just sent the Family Law Committee of the Scottish Civil Justice Council, which advises on court rules and procedures, a policy paper on case management of family actions in the courts.