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Minnesota is lagging the rest of the United States in passing family law reform that supports children having equal/equitable access to both parents when being raised in a divorced or unwed parental environment.
Minnesota passed legislation in 2012 that would have increased time spent with both parents by an OVERWHELMING BI-PARTISAN majority only to have the bill VETOED by GOV. MARK DAYTON. (HF0322 & SF1402)
Since 2012 many other states have made MAJOR strides to reform their laws to establish shared parenting.
Four Shared Parenting bills are currently pending this 2017/2018 legislative session in Minnesota:
HF2545/no Senate companion: short bill that changes 25% parenting presumption to 50%
HF2699/SF2413: Same bill as 2012, changes parenting presumption to 45.1%
HF2413/SF2141: changes parenting presumption to 40%
HF2603/no Senate companion: Defines what "maximize" means in the current legislation to provide stronger presumption towards equal parenting time
The Citizens of Minnesota demand their voices be heard at the legislature and family law reform is enacted to establish a Shared Parenting presumption. As Minnesota's leadership, please move swiftly and with purpose in passing family law reform this legislative session for the future well-being of our youngest generation because all current peer reviewed research is clear: children of all ages thrive best when both fit, loving, and healthy parents are in their lives as fully and equally as possible.