Senior Judges from the Midlands area have published a paper indicating to parents what actions they expect of them before going to Court about the children, in divorce and separation cases.
No doubt the paper is aimed at divorce solicitors who advise in these cases and it is expected the comments will be passed on. They should be of course, but are they naive comments?
When there are major problems over children issues between parents, they are often due to the fact that at least one parent is unreasonable and simply will not discuss things sensibly or even at all.
"As parents, you share responsibility for your children and have a duty to talk to each other and make every effort to agree about how you will bring them up; even when you separate this duty continues."
and going on to more practical advice such as
"Draw up a plan as to how you will share responsibility for your child.
When you have different ideas from the other parent, do not talk about it when the children are with you."