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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on upholding the child’s right to a family after the parents’ separation

Ivan Jakovčić, Jozo Radoš

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on upholding the child’s right to a family after the parents’ separation  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the debate about shared parenting is particularly relevant today, given historically low marriage rates and relatively high levels of marital and relationship breakdown;

B.  whereas recent studies have shown that children whose living arrangements after a parental separation involve alternating between parents, spending roughly equal amounts of time with both, report greater well-being and better mental health than children who live mostly or exclusively with one parent;

C.  whereas child protection agencies often face difficult situations in keeping children safe from harm, removing children from the family without compelling reasons is contrary to international law;

1.  Urges the Member States to provide parents, from the outset and at every stage of child-related proceedings, with complete and clear information on the proceedings and on the possible consequences thereof;

2.  Calls on the Council to report on the specific actions being implemented by the Member States with a view to bringing about synergies between the 28 national child protection systems;

3.  Asks the Commission to draw up a clear and easily accessible guide with practical information for EU citizens on the institutional arrangements related to child protection;

4.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission and the governments and parliaments of the Member States.


Last updated: 6 December 2018Legal notice