Parliamentary Legal: The amendment to Paragraph 57 will not pass in the current session
The first 2023/03/15
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The favor of mothers prevailed temporarily this time in the framework of a dispute that witnessed attraction and tension between men and their ex-wives over custody of children, until the controversy escalated in the last session to demonstrations and demands to amend the custody clause in the Personal Status Law.
A member of the Legal Committee, Representative Iman Abdel-Razzaq, said, in an interview with Al-Sabah: “The amendment to Paragraph 57 was withdrawn from Parliament and will not be passed in this session because it does not do justice to mothers and deprives them of their right to custody of their children,” indicating that “the amendment was read first and did not It is raised for a second because it needs discussions by the specialized committees, because the previously proposed amendment generated problems and caused an uproar in the street and faced widespread objections by women because it was an unfair amendment.
Abd al-Razzaq added, “The law in force allows custody to be for the mother if the custodian is an adult of sound mind, but the proposed amendment was not fair, as it specified the age of custody for the mother until the age of seven, after which it passes to the father, while the law in force specified the age of custody to ten and the court has the right to Extending custody to the mother until the child reaches the age of fifteen.
Abd al-Razzaq stated that "the law in force is fair and did not prevent fathers from seeing their children during the mother's custody period, in addition to taking into account the child's need for the mother's tenderness and care for him, so the proposed amendment was not fair to the mother and the child alike, and took into account the interest of the man only."
Regarding the need to amend personal status laws, she explained that "there are laws that need to be amended according to the requirements of society because laws change according to the situation of the country and the world in general," pointing out that "the Kurdistan Region has amended many laws, but they remained rigid in the areas of the federal government."
Edited by: Ali Abdel-Khalek
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