(1) Are comprehensive welfare checklists, that features the child’s right to be heard useful for providing guidance in balancing the two concerns?
(2) Should divorce laws abandon the property-inspired concept of parental rights to “custody” and consider family violence as an aspect of the child’s best interest, giving due weight to the views of children, and promote non-court dispute resolution?
(3) Is it in the best interests of children born form incest and rape to know the truth about the circumstances of their conception and the identity of their biological father – and what if they demand to know who their father is?
(4) What about marriage for older children (16 – 17 year-olds); should this ever be permissible – and what challenges does raising the age to 18 present?
Roundtable participants: Elaine Sutherland (Professor of Law, University of Stirling); Nicholas Bala (Professor of Law, Queen’s University, Canada); Lesley-Anne Macfarlane (Lecturer, Edinburgh Napier University); Lize Mills (Senior Lecturer, University of Stellenbosch). Moderator: Hege Beate Stein Helland (Postdoctoral Researcher, DIPA, UiB).