Reform in child custody arrangements in cases of divorce is scheduled to be presented to the cabinet next week. Among the changes is the possibility of a father getting custody from the age of two instead of the current six years of age. The Yediot Aharonot daily reported, Friday, that the changes will reflect notions of "shared parenting", "parental responsibility" and "what's good for the child".
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni met with men's and women's groups in the course of formulating the changes. She said, Thursday, "We live in a social and cultural reality that encourages men to demonstrate a high and significant level of parental involvement in raising their children. If the mother was once expected to stay home and raise the children, today it's shared parental responsibility." She added, "The time has come to change and determine that what's good for the child and the responsibilities of the parents are what will guide the court."