Separated couples: a fathers’ march, from Marseille to Paris, for joint custody

A dozen parents took the start Wednesday in Marseille of an 800-kilometer “fathers march” which should lead them to Paris, to ask for “parental equality” during separations and in particular that the alternate residence be erected in principle basic.

Eight separated fathers and two women, coming from all over France, left in the rain from a school in the north of Marseille around 10 a.m. to join the first stage of their march about thirty kilometers away, AFP journalists noted. .

Parents set off on November 10, 2021 in Marseille for an 800-kilometer march to Paris to demand “parental equality” in the custody of children during separations (AFP – Nicolas TUCAT)

“We wish to alert public opinion and politicians around our three demands: to make alternating residence a basic principle (in the event of separation), to strengthen the law for non-representation of children and to put in place measures against voluntary geographic remoteness, ”explained the group that was formed through social networks.

Participants must cross 14 departments and stop in 33 cities before reaching the capital on December 17. On this last day, the procession which will be open to all will link the Place de la Bastille to the National Assembly where several bills have been tabled.

These texts propose that in the absence of agreement between the separated parents on the mode of residence of the child, the judge gives priority to the accommodation of the child in a balanced manner between his two parents.

“We are aware that it is very hard to put this subject among those debated during the presidential campaign, but if it can be brought to the ears of the deputies and open the debate that would already be good”, commented Rémy Martineau.

“We are convinced that court decisions in this area can be improved,” added the father of a four-year-old boy.

In 2020, according to INSEE, four million minor children have separated parents in France. Among them, 480,000, or 12% lived in joint residence.

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