A colleague emails:
...When looking through the LibDem manifesto this week, I noticed an express commitment, buried deep in the document at page 52, which may be of some interest (and reads, as follows)....
"The Liberal Democrats will "introduce a default contact arragangement, which would divide the child's time between their two parents in the event of a family breakdown, if there is no threat to the safety of the child"
I'm wondering (a) what the default position will be (b) how many cases I have had in the last 4 years where a care and contact pattern has not been completely tailored to the circumstances of the particular family (less than 1 hand of fingers) and (c) how it would be implemented....?"
He's right on the nail there as far as I can see. But I don't see the other two parties as being exactly a family lawyer's dream party either, so this won't change my vote.
The Lib Dems will also incorporate the UN Convention on the rights of a child into UK law, publish anonymised Serious Case Reviews and they make a number of generalised pledges about such things as the reduction of child poverty.
Thanks AC for the heads up.