Petitioner: Ron Park
14 April 2014
Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to review the laws that govern parental rights and child access, and their implementation, to ensure unmarried fathers have guaranteed rights to be a part of their children's lives if they are deemed fit parents.
6 May 2014: The Committee heard a statement made on behalf of the petitioner. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, the Law Society of Scotland, the Family Law Association, Families Need Fathers Scotland, Scottish Women's Aid, the Equal Opportunities Committee and the UK Government. Link to Official Report 6 May 2014 (434KB pdf)
5 August 2014: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 5 August 2014 (399KB pdf)
25 November 2014: The Committee agreed to defer further consideration of the petition until the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 had come into force and been implemented. Link to Official Report 25 November 2014
12 May 2015: The Committee agreed to close the petition, under Rule 15.7, on the basis that there is opposition to the specific legislative changes sought by both petitioners. Link to Official Report 12 May 2015