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Through personal experience, I realised that the Scottish Courts Service was publishing sensitive personal data about children in divorce papers. I alerted the Scottish Courts Service to this with the result that this data will no longer be available to the general public (e.g. through the National Records of Scotland). This led me to realise that small improvements (such as this example) in this policy area can make a big difference.

I consider there are many aspects of the process for negotiating child contact and financial provision post-separation that can be improved for the benefit of both parents and children. I have discussed how to address the broader issues I have identified with stakeholders, organisations and professionals (such as Families Need Fathers, Citizens Advice, a family law solicitor, Scottish Courts Service) and my MSP Margaret Mitchell. I asked Margaret Mitchell MSP to lodge a motion or parliamentary question calling for an independent review. Nothing has been lodged to date but I was encouraged to lodge a petition.

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