More Conflict in Child Custody

More parents are taking their custody battles to court, writes broadsheet Dagens Nyheter.

A law change in 2006 was supposed to make it easier for divorced or separated parents to agree on child custody, and avoid bringing in the legal system. But instead the number of such cases brought to court has increased - by almost a third - since 2006.

The figure for 2009 is 4,000 such cases.

"The current system does not solve conflicts between parents, it makes them worse," says Anna Singer, a researcher in family law a Uppsala University. She adds that the 2006 change in the law increased the possibility one parent to get awarded lone custody - and that meant that more people thought it was worth going to court.