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07-04-'14

Symposium Multiple parental responsibility on 13th of May 2014

On the 13th May, a symposium will be held in Amsterdam concerning “Multiple parental responsibility”. During the symposium, the empirical and comparative research “Multiple parental responsibility: a solution for children with more than two parents?” will be presented, which is carried out by a multidisciplinary team of researchers from UCERF, the University of Groningen (NIG), and the VU University Amsterdam (ACFL). 
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The morning session will be dedicated to the discussion of lesbian multiple-parent families. Professor Katharina Boele-Woelki will present the results of the comparative study on the legal responsibility of parents in lesbian families in Dutch law (which allows for a maximum of two persons to obtain parental responsibility), and English law (which allows for more than two persons to obtain parental responsibility).

In the afternoon, the position of stepparents will be addressed, with Christina Jeppesen-de Boer talking about the parental responsibility of stepparents in the Netherlands and England. More information can be found in the attached invitation (only in Dutch):  Uitnodiging Symposium Meeroudergezag

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07-04-'14

Article in De Volkskrant: ‘Australian is from now on officially allowed to be man, woman or neutral’

Marjolein van den Brink was quoted in an article in the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant about sex registration in Australia. The WODC Research into the issue of mandatory, binary (M/F) gender registration was mentioned. The article can be read here (only available in Dutch): De Volkskrant, 3 april 2014.

 
 

28-03-'14

Project Institutions for Equality, Inclusiveness and Social Mobility

Children in blended families:  a combined legal and social approach to (step)family relationships

Christina G. Jeppesen de Boer (UCERF), Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance and Inge van der Valk,  Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, both Utrecht University have been awarded research funding from Utrecht University under the strategic investment theme Institutions: Equality, Inclusiveness, and Social Mobility.
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The aim is to facilitate the researchers to research and seek further funding for comparative interdisciplinary research on blended families in the EU.

Societal relevance

Many children in contemporary Western society grow up in a variety of post-divorce and blended families. Although many studies have been performed on divorce effects, child adjustment in blended families has been understudied. This interdisciplinary research, which combines pedagogical, psychological, and legal perspectives, is aimed at understanding the adjustment of children in (step)family relationships and their involvement in blended families. In a legal perspective there is a need to consider the recognition afforded to blended families. Presently, in Dutch law the stepparent may be viewed as a “legal stranger” in relation to the child.  The legal perspective is to be understood in a broad perspective involving private and social law, citizenship, and free movement rights.

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28-03-'14

Article in Family & Law: ‘Joint parenting after divorce’

In the journal Family & Law an article of Christina Jeppesen De Boer named ‘Joint parenting after divorce’ will be published. Recent developments in Danish and Dutch legislation have provided norms which were directed at furthering equality between parents, in the interest of the child. 
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In both countries, it was promised in the course of the parliamentary deliberations that the enacted legislation would be evaluated within a period of three years.

The Danish evaluation led to new legislation being enacted. In this article the background for the Danish evaluation, the findings in the evaluation en the resulting legislative changes are deliberated.

Subsequently, the interaction between the evaluation and the resulting changes is critically analysed. An essential question concerns the purpose of the evaluation. What was envisaged? That the stated aims were realised? Or just the elimination of sharp edges of the legislation? To what extent were the findings in the evaluation taken into account in the subsequent legislative changes? Finally, joint parenting after evaluation will be brought into perspective.

The article can be read here (only in Dutch): http://www.familieenrecht.nl/tijdschrift/fenr/2014/03/FENR-D-13-00005/fullscreen.

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28-02-'14

Article in Trouw ‘Danish parents who are in divorce are allowed to arrange everything’

Christina Jeppesen-De Boer was quoted in an article in the Dutch newspaper Trouw about the Danish divorce law. The article can be read here (only available in Dutch): Trouw, 27 februari 2014.