Law is changed on fathers’ rights « Jersey Evening Post
THE heartbroken parents of a young man who committed suicide after his daughters were taken from Jersey, by their mother, have spoken to the JEP following the States’ decision this week to approve a new law on parental responsibility.
The couple approached the JEP last year to reveal that their son, aged 27, took his own life in August 2014 after many months of unsuccessfully trying to get his daughters back to Jersey after they were taken to eastern Europe by their mother.
They called on the JEP, politicians and lawyers to help them with their campaign to change the law to give unmarried fathers more rights.
But today, their relief at seeing the new law finally passed was overshadowed with sadness at the fact it took the death of their son to bring about the change.
The change to the law, which will be brought into effect in the next few months, will mean that unmarried biological fathers named on a birth certificate will have the same parental rights as married fathers.
Deputy Jackie Hilton met the parents and highlighted their campaign to the States.