Petition for joint child custody policy

The Supreme Court on Monday sought the Centre's response on an NGO's plea seeking a "joint parenting plan" to reduce the trauma faced by children of divorced couples.

By Our Legal Correspondent
  • Published 11.09.18
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sought the Centre's response on an NGO's plea seeking a "joint parenting plan" to reduce the trauma faced by children of divorced couples.

Petitioner Child Rights Foundation also sought guidelines for child custody battles in the courts, where it said children often face a hostile environment because of "tutoring" or "brainwashing" by either parent.

Courts are now empowered to grant a child's custody to either parent depending on the child's overall interests and well-being. The NGO has pleaded that both parents be granted equal custody rights.

"Non-custodial parents are relegated to the role of mere visitors in their child's life and are not allowed to fulfil their parenting role, resulting in the destruction of the parent-child relationship," it has argued.

"There is a sense of abandonment in the minds of the children, since able and willing parents are kept away from their child's life based on antiquated laws and personal beliefs. Many of the non-custodial parents are not made aware (of) or updated on their child's progress at school... nor invited to sports day...."

A bench headed by Justice Kurian Joseph issued a notice to the Centre seeking its response within four weeks.