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Glimmer of Hope for Multi-parent Families

by Redaktie in History & Politics , 28 February 2020

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There is a glimmer of hope for multi-parent families waiting for an arrangement for multi-parenthood and custody. The Dutch Lower House wants Minister Sander Dekker (Legal Protection) to look for solutions to the bottlenecks that prevent the introduction of a scheme for multi-parenthood.

"As a result, the wheels are set in motion for multi-parenting and multi-parent authority," said Dutch gay interest organisation COC Netherlands and the Dutch Gay Parenthood Foundation Meer dan Gewenst in a response. "As far as we are concerned, those wheels are turning far too slow, but at least it has not come to a standstill and that is a progress."

Last December, the Lower House voted in favour of a proposal by Vera Bergkamp (D66), Attje Kuiken (PvdA), Niels van den Berge (GroenLinks), Tobias van Gent (VVD) and Femke Merel van Kooten-Arissen. In the proposal, the MPs are asking Minister Dekker to analyse how the assumed bottlenecks for multiple parenthood and custody can be removed. They want Minister Dekker to inform the House about this before the summer of this year.

Sander DekkerMinister Dekker, for example, considers that the bottlenecks for a multi-parenthood scheme are such matters as maternity leave, survivor's benefit, orphan's pension, child-related budget and tax-efficient donation. These matters should also be properly addressed for multiple parents and their children. According to COC and Meer dan Gewenst, these issues show just how important a multi-parenthood scheme is, because multi-parent families are now missing out.

Earlier it was stated that third and fourth parents could in future have partial authority, a limited form of parental authority. COC and Meer dan Gewenst, however, believe that sub-authority offers too little legal protection to children and parents, and insists on a comprehensive regulation of multi-parenthood and multi-parent authority.

COC and Meer dan Gewenst have been advocating a proper multi-parenthood scheme for nine years now. In 2016, the State Committee on Parenthood Review shared this advice, and on March 7, 2017, eight political parties - including coalition parties VVD and D66 - promised in COCs Rainbow Ballot Box Agreement to quickly get this resolved.




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