10 rules for a new family law

Here are 3 basic principles and 10 rules that can be used by any nation for a new family law. This towards gender equality and the UN Global Goals in the best interest of the child.

The 3 basic principles and 10 rules are based on several years of analysis of international children and family systems and legislation from a leadership perspective

The 3 basic principles:

A) All children and parents are equal as the basic assumption

B) The parents have a free choice to make their own arrangements


C) A family court with children experts can make decisions in case of concern by parents or authorities in the best interest of the child


The 10 rules for a new family law: 

§1 All children have a life-long right to know and be cared for by their parents

§2 All parents have the right to the same public information about the child

§3 All children have the right to 3 months parental leave with each parent

§4 All parents have shared custody

§5 All children that are not living together with both parents have living address at both parents and equal parenting time. 

§6 All parents share the income and cost of the child unless there is not equal or almosty equal parenting time. Then one parent is financially responsible alone based on a standard child allowance from the other parent.

§7 If a parent moves more than 80 kilometers away from the child's place of residence, the other parent as the basic assumption has the living address of the child and the parent that moves away is responsible for transportation of the child. 

§8 The parents can make another agreement on parenting time and child finances if agreed.

§9 If there is concern for the child by a parent or authority, the case is handled by a family court with children experts and a certified contact person is appointed for the child.

§10 The family court can make decisions based on equality, documentation and the best interests of the child. All allegations of criminal offenses are handled by the police. Gender or any type of discrimination related to children is regarded as psychological violence.

Let us start today with creating the family law of tomorrow in the best interest of all children, parents and our society.

The 3 basic principles and 10 rules have been created by Jesper Lohse, MBA. Chairman of the Danish Fathers Association founded in 1977, chairman of Nordic Equality, board member of ICSP and member of the Minister Counselling Committee 2019-2023 for the Danish Family Court House.