Much of the work I have done around family separation has been to unpick the fixed ideas and stereotypes that surround families as the reorganise. It can often be both an illuminating and frustrating process.
This is a small example, tucked away in the Ministry of Justice Practice Direction, PD 12J – Residence and Contact Orders: Domestic Violence and Harm. It reads:
Factors to be taken into account when determining whether to make residence or contact orders in all cases where domestic violence has occurred
In every case where a finding of domestic violence is made, the court should consider the conduct of both parents towards each other and towards the child; in particular, the court should consider –
(a) the effect of the domestic violence which has been established on the child and on the parent with whom the child is living;
(b) the extent to which…
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