The role of the family in the upbringing of the child

One in three separated mothers think their children’s fathers should have no say in their upbringing, according to a report yesterday. It found that 32 per cent of separated mothers thought that they alone had the right to the role of the family in the upbringing of the child decisions about their children’s future.

The high proportion found by a survey implies that more than one in 10 of all the families in the country include mothers who do not want the fathers of their children to have a say over the future of their children. The findings were revealed in a survey carried out for the counselling group Relate. It comes at a time of deepening concern among judges and education experts over the absence of fathers from the lives of millions of youngsters. The Child Support Agency was set up in the early 1990s to try to force absent fathers at least to pay for the children they had abandoned.