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Belgium: co-parenting presumption now law

Dutch Telegraph; Tues 5 Sept 2006 16:53

[Translated into English]

Brussels - In Belgium children will not be going automatically to their mother after divorce. In principle parents will share them: the children will stay just as long with the father as their mother.

This so-called co-parenting becomes the preference in separation cases. A law declaring this was published on Tuesday in the Belgische Staatsblad newspaper.

This law has many critics. The Steunpunt Blijvend Ouderschap (Belgian support group for parents comparable to the English FNF making a living from mediation) said to VRT (Belgium television) that this will create schizophrenic children because they will need to keep adapting to both parents. Nearly a quarter of Belgian children come from a divorced family.

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