Sunday, January 24, 2010

Grandparents and Joint Custody

Recently I received news from Spain (“Los abuelos por la custodia compartida piden a la UE poder ver a sus nietos”) that reminded me of one of the many faces of the tragedy lived by many families after divorce.

Representatives of the Grandfathers and Grandmothers pro Joint Custody Association (ASACCO) of Catalonia will meet in Brussels with members of the directive board of the European Commission of Civil Justice, to whom they will expose their impossibility of seeing their grandchildren on a regular basis after the divorce of their children.

The Association considers that their right to have a relationship with their grandchildren is not respected, and that the Spanish courts allow “a biased juridical practice that hinder the consecution of authentic justice" in these cases. The Association believes that the current Spanish law against gender violence "causes damage” in the life of these families, depriving children of divorced parents of a healthy relationship with their extended families.

We should never forget that current family laws affect not only divorced parents, but the totality of the involved families, uncles, aunts, grandparents, cousins, who after divorce lose their loved ones too. It is for this reason, because we all have divorced couples in our families, that not only fathers, but also everyone should be committed with the fight for a reform of family courts and of the laws that rule them. Thank God for people like the member of ASACCO, who have realized that when a member of a family suffers, all the members of that family suffer too.

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