Abstract: The purpose of this study is to determine whether changes in the legislation on the exercise of parental authority brought positive changes in the lives of children whose parents have divorced. The methods used, i.e. comparison and observation, support the scientific approach in order to draw conclusions on the achievement of the ultimate aim of both legislative changes and study, respectively ensuring the best interests of the child. The rule of joint exercise of parental authority for children after the parents' divorce was introduced in the Romanian legal system at the time of the entry into force of the new Civil Code, respectively in 2011, taking also into account the fact that this rule applies in many other states of the European Union. The best interests of the minor require maintaining the child in a balanced family environment, in the presence of both parents, since the risk of breaking the child's spiritual balance is very high along with his or her giving to one of the two parents. Unfortunately, in most cases where the divorce or separation of parents occurs, the access of the nonresident parent to his/her own child becomes difficult to achieve, in which case it is useful to organize a program of personal relations meant to ensure the continuity of the nonresident parent's presence in the child's life. At this moment it is required the experience of the judge, who, taking into account all the aspects specific to each case, to find the best solution for ensuring the respect of the best interests of the child. The exercise of child joint custody may be beneficial for the child, sometimes not, depending on the attitude of each parent, and the judge will have to choose the best solution for each child, each case being different from the other case. And the parents should be advised and trained by specialized personnel so as to take upon themselves learnedly the new situations that they will face during the joint exercise of parental authority, in order to achieve the best interest of the child.
European Union Law
UE Law and Comparative Law
The influence of human rights on law