About the Family Law Week blog

The Family Law Week Blog is a companion site to Family Law Week. It complements the news, cases and articles published on Family Law Week with additional comment and coverage of the wider aspects of family law.

The Blog is edited by Jacqui Gilliatt, of 4 Brick Court and Lucy Reed, of St Johns Chambers.

Monday, 22 December 2008

In the name of the father

I was curious to read in the Telegraph the other day of the Government's plans to force mother's to name father's on the birth certificate, with a view to ensuring that they can be pursued for maintenance. Curious for two reasons: firstly because I understood that one of the 'reforms' resulting from the establishment of CMEC was to do away with the compulsion for fathers to be pursued for maintenance when mothers were on benefit because the CSA had not been able to cope with it (and no doubt it netted little for the public coffers and was certainly of no direct benefit to the mothers or their children). Secondly, this would have the effect of making it compulsory to give unmarried fathers parental responsibility. Why not just give them PR in any event?

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