The Norwegian Child Protection Services “Barnevernet” has managed to win a court battle involving a case against a Ugandan National resident in Norway.
The case was taken to court for determination on who should care for the children after the couple’s relationship stalled hitting a dead end.
While determining the case, the court must look into many things in the lives of the couple and the way they have been caring for their children.
The main thing the court has to consider is whether the father or the mother has the ability to take care of the children. They look into the economical ability and whether the parents have a good social network around them.
If the court finds that one parent is able, economically and socially, to care for the children the parent with such ability will be awarded the children. However, it is not only the economy that decides or whether one has a social network.
Most parents lose their children, even if they have the economy, because of being engaged in either criminal activities or being alcoholically active.
In this case, the court had to look into many things and also take into consideration the cultural background of the children’s parents.
The determining factor here, according to the court ruling, is the ability to be a role model for the children in a mixed society.
Here is a situation where the couple is not from the same cultural and traditional background, which in itself is considered an issue which is very important because culture and tradition determines alot in the upbringing of mixed children.
African Press has requested the court for a copy of the ruling. We will bring you details on why the court arrived at the decision, when we have received the court’s ruling.
(a developing story …. more details to come)
By Korir, African Press in Norway