Parents who kill a partner stopped from having control over children’s lives under Jade’s Law


Parents who are convicted of killing a partner will no longer have control over their shared children's lives, thanks to the introduction of Jade's Law. The new law will strip these parents of their rights to make decisions about their children's education, and even their ability to obtain a passport. The move has been hailed as a victory for child protection.

New rules to prioritize children's needs

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced that the new rules, introduced by Alex Chalk, will automatically suspend parental responsibility for individuals convicted of murdering their partners. The aim is to ensure that the best interests of the child are at the forefront and to alleviate the burden on family members. These measures are being implemented to prevent perpetrators from manipulating their children from behind bars.

Jade's Law named after tragic victim

The new law will be named Jade's Law after Jade Ward, a 27-year-old woman who was murdered by her estranged partner, Russell Marsh, in 2021. Marsh was sentenced to life in prison but retained parental rights over their four children. He has continued to have access to their medical records, school reports, and the ability to restrict their travel. The implementation of Jade's Law will put an end to this situation.

Closing the legal loophole

Justice Secretary Alex Chalk highlights that these individuals, who have caused immense harm, will no longer have the right to exercise parental responsibility. Thanks to the passionate campaigning of Jade's family and support from HOAR, the legal loophole is being closed. These changes will be part of the Victims and Prisoners Bill, which will also grant judges the power to ensure offenders attend court for their sentencing.

Killer Russell Marsh will no longer have rights to control the lives of Jade's four young children.

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