The McLaughlin decision is a common-sense recognition that all children have the same needs and should not be discriminated against because of their parents’ relationship choices.
It is one that those campaigning for reform of the law with regard to cohabiting couples will welcome as a step in the right direction as much as those who campaign to end child poverty.
If children’s best interests are the primary consideration, then it is difficult to see why their parent’s marital status should be a reason not to meet their needs (and potentially place them in poverty).
This is something family law as well as the benefits system will have to grapple with if it is to meet the needs of all children.
About Kathryn McTaggart
Kathryn is a divorce and family solicitor with Woolley & Co, based in South Wales and has strong links with West London.
She specialises in divorce and separation, as well as related financial matters, and has a particular interest in disputes around children.
This includes specialist knowledge of applications by a parent to move with a child to another country.