Jamaica Puts Time Limit On Child Custody Cases

When it comes to child custody cases, the longer they take the more upsetting they are for everyone involved. It’s bad enough for the adults, but the children – particularly the younger ones – will be confused, scared, and distressed by the whole process.

This is why the senate in Jamaica has approved new legislation to make it mandatory for all decisions on child custody cases in Jamaican courts to be handed down within six weeks. This new legislation is called The Children (Guardianship and Custody) (Amendment) Act 2016.

It is hoped that this new legislation will stop children from becoming too distressed by the process, but that it will also stop any who have been removed or retained wrongfully by a parent who should not have custodial rights, or even by other family members.

Child custody cases are sensitive by their very nature, and dealing with them quickly (although not in a rushed way) is the best idea.

If you are having trouble with a child custody case, or you wish to discuss other kinds of family law, please contact us.

Simon Walland