From Open Democracy:
Greece’s justice minister, Constantine Tsiaras, recently announced the preparation of a civil rights bill for the reform of Greek family law, whose last substantive revision dates back to the early 1980s. Over the years, problems cropped up with the implementation of the law, as judges, influenced by the dominant sexist culture – according to which fathers were seen as unfit to look after their children – were overwhelmingly assigning custody to mothers only. A common perception cutting across Greek civil society was the belief that it is not in the best interests of the child to become a little ping-pong ball bouncing from one parental home to another. Thus, a “judges code” was created assigning custody to mothers only and visitation rights to fathers – usually once or twice a week for three to four hours and only during the day. Overnight stay with the father once a week was and remains exceptional. This practice, notorious not only in Greece but everywhere in the world where joint custody is not a presumption in law, has created first-and-second class citizens. Read more.
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