There is no presumption in law that, when parents separate

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here is no presumption in law that, when parents separate, the children will go to live with the mother over the father. Nor does the law favour mothers over fathers or take account of any ‘rights’ or wishes they believe they have as parents. The law says only that the court must do, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child. There is a presumption that involvement of a parent in the life of a child will further the child’s welfare, but only if this parent can be involved in the child’s life in a way which does not put the child at risk of suffering harm.