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More Research into Multi-Parenthood Unnecessary

by our Editors in Lifestyle & Fashion , 22 oktober 2017


According to COC Netherlands, a new study on multiple parenthood is completely superfluous. The outline of the legislation is ready and should to be introduced by the next cabinet

It is the official response of COC Netherlands to an article in the newspaper AD, which reported in early September that the four parties involved in the formation of a new cabinet expressed an intention of re-examining the issue of multiple parenthood.

The COC points out that multi-parenthood was investigated by the State Committee on the Re-evaluation of Parenthood 2,5 years ago. In December 2016, the State Committee unanimously agreed that multiple-parenthood and multiple authority, meaning that the authority over a child can be held by more than just two parents, are indeed in the interests of the child and should be introduced in the Netherlands.

The COC also points out that seven political parties in the Lower House have signed COC’s Pink Ballot Agreement. VVD and D66, alongside other parties, promised to regulate multi-parenthood in the next cabinet period. The agreement covers 98 seats in the current Dutch Lower House.

COC President Tanja Ineke : ‘We trust that VVD and D66 will keep their promise, and that the parties involved in the formation will respect the wishes of this large majority in the Lower House.’

Under the current law, a child can only have two legal parents. Alongside the Meer dan Gewenst foundation, the COC has been advocating a proper legal framework for multiple parenthood for some time now.

More and more children are growing up in a family with multiple parents, for instance a lesbian couple raising a child with a bisexual man or a gay couple. COC Netherlands estimates that it concerns several thousands of families in the Netherlands.

The COC calls it 'painful and unexplainable' to children and parents in multi-parent families that the law is pretending that there are only two, instead of three or four parents. The fact that there is no multiple parenting regulation can get children with more than two parents into serious legal and financial problems. For example, children have to pay much more tax on an inheritance bequeathed by their third or fourth parent. Third and fourth parents are not officially authorized to go to a doctor, to a PTA meeting or abroad with their child.



 



 







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