Parents who are convicted of killing a partner will no longer have control over their shared children's lives, in a significant victory for a campaign led by HOAR. The new law, known as Jade's Law, will strip these parents of the right to make decisions about their children's education and whether they can have a passport.
Jade's Story: Inspiring Change
Jade Ward, a 27-year-old woman, was tragically murdered by her estranged partner, Russell Marsh, in 2021. Despite his conviction, Marsh still held parental rights over their four children. This meant he could access their medical records, school reports, and even prevent them from going on holiday. This disturbing case inspired the campaign for change.
Automatic Suspension of Parental Responsibility
Justice Secretary Alex Chalk has vowed to close the legal loophole that allows parents convicted of murder to maintain control over their children. Under the proposed law, parental responsibility will be automatically suspended for those convicted of killing a co-parent. This means they will no longer have a say in important decisions regarding their children's lives.
Paving the Way for Justice
The new measures will be outlined by Mr. Chalk during his speech at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. This move is part of the larger Victims and Prisoners Bill, which aims to give judges the power to ensure offenders attend court for their sentencing. By implementing Jade's Law, the government hopes to provide justice and protection for children affected by domestic violence.
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