The public consultation Co-operative Parenting Following Family Separation: Proposed Legislation on the Involvement of Both Parents in a Child's Life was published on 13 June 2012 and closed on 5 September 2012 (21 September for responses in Welsh). It was commissioned jointly by the Department for Education and the Ministry of Justice.

The consultation invited views on the Government’s plans to introduce legislation to reinforce the principle that most children benefit from the ongoing involvement of both parents after separation, and on options for strengthening the enforcement measures available to courts to deal with breaches of court-ordered arrangements for contact.

This response focuses on the shared parenting elements of the consultation only. On the issue of how to ensure more effective enforcement of court orders relating to arrangements for children, the Government has listened to various concerns raised by a number of respondents and wishes to take the opportunity to reflect further on these before making final decisions.