It is ironic to note how there were no laws on preventing sex offenders from retaining their parental custody rights in the country. In fact, the Child Protection Act, which has not been passed, was only drafted when Amy Carns, who wished to protect her daughter from her then-husband who had been convicted of sexual crimes, was told by the Child Protective Services that they could not offer any help as her daughter was not a victim.
Amy then went on to meet Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood and played a part in drafting the Child Protection Act. Senator Hopgood observed that various political parties have shown their support for the bill but still urges the public to write letters to their representatives. He hopes that the law will be enacted in the near future. The act is aimed to protect children by preventing parents with sexual criminal records from taking custody of them. While the bill has not surfaced on the senate floor, it is expected to be brought up before the end of this year. If the bill is passed, judges would have the right to deny custodial rights of parents who are on the sex-offender registry.
However, what needs to be taken account into is the possibility of a vengeful spouse taking advantage of the law to gain leverage on the other parent. In addition, those who are on the registry may not be actual sex offenders given that indecent exposure (e.g. public urination) are considered a sex offense. As such, should the law be enacted, I believe the registry in question should be filtered accordingly. What do you think?