Children deserve equal time with both loving/willing/able separated or divorced parents.
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One of the great social injustices of our time is children not having equal access to both loving, willing, and able parents after a separation or divorce. The same may be said about the noncustodial parent not having equal access to his or her child(ren). This is an issue that affects men, women, and children alike.
In no way should this be misinterpreted to stand for unloving, unwilling, or unable parents having equal timeshare with the child(ren). This would be a detriment to the child(ren), something that those fighting for reform would never want.
A Rebuttable Presumption of Shared Parenting presumes, upon a divorce with children, that both parents will have equal access to the child(ren). It may (and should be) rebutted and heard by the court if there is concrete evidence - not merely a preponderance of evidence or opinion of one parent - that one parent is in fact a detriment to the child(ren). This protects the children, all while protecting and promoting the relationships between both parents and the child(ren).
Currently, states could lose millions, even billions, of dollars in funding if this occurs. This has been admitted by representatives of states and Bar Associations, and is why states and organizations such as the Bar Association lobby heavily against it. Furthermore, family law attorneys would lose a significant portion of their consistent income when parents work together rather than fight one another in court for fear of losing their child(ren).
The custodial judicial system and its ability to manipulate the current state codes to justify their decisions has to be reformed. The psychological component of having less of a relationship with one or both parents is profound, and is one that can in part be attributed to many tragedies.
Please join us in showing our legislators that we would like our children to have equal physical access to both loving, willing, and able parents.
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