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Legal Rights for Fathers Oral Question, 22/04/15 [S}

During Portfolio Question Time on 22 April 2015 John Mason (SNP) asked the Scottish Government whether it considers that more could be done to improve the legal rights of fathers in relation to parental custody disputes.

The Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Paul Wheelhouse replied that the Scottish Government would not propose any change to the law in the area of residence or contact provisions at this time. The key principle in Scots law is that the welfare of the child is paramount, and the Government is carrying out work in a number of relevant areas. For example, we have chaired a working group on child welfare reporters and we are working to refresh the parenting agreement for Scotland, which can help separating parents to agree on future arrangements for their children.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 22 April  2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 22 April 2015