Separate Representation of Children and Their Interests

Part of New clause 10 – in the House of Commons at 6:45 pm on 17th June 1996.

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Photo of Miss Janet Fookes Miss Janet Fookes , Plymouth Drake 6:45 pm, 17th June 1996

With this, it will be convenient to discuss the following: New clause 14—Provision for separate representation for children (No. 3)——(1) The Lord Chancellor may by regulations provide for the separate representation of children in proceedings in England and Wales which relate to any matter in respect of which a question has arisen, or may arise, under—

  1. (a) Part II;
  2. (b) Part IV;
  3. (c) the 1973 Act; or
  4. (d) the Domestic Proceedings and Magistrates' Courts Act 1978.
(2) The regulations may provide for such representation only in specified circumstances.'. Amendment No. 106, in clause 24, page 16, line 8, leave out 'and' and insert— '(6B) Where there are one or more children of the family, the code must also require the mediator to have arrangements designed to ensure that the parties are encouraged to consider:
  1. (a) the welfare, wishes and feelings of each child; and
  2. (b) whether and to what extent each child should be given the opportunity to express his or her wishes and feelings in the mediation.
(6C) A contract entered into by the Board for the provision of mediation under this Part must also include.'.