That’s happening in the UK; The government is to attempt to change the law so that both parents – mothers and fathers- will have the right to see their children. Family Courts will have the responsibility to give to fathers time with their children. This is not joint custody, but a step in the right direction.
Matt O’ Connor, the President of Fathers 4 Justice (UK) , is not happy about it. From what I understand of the debate in the UK, the law is not going to prevent women to invoke child abuse to deny fathers access to their children. Point taken. Yet, from New York State (and most of the States), where family courts have one motto – bleed the turnip (the non-custodial father who does not see his children)-, a law like this would be significant progress.