Tell Massachusetts Legislators to pass Shared Parenting bill HO2684

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Tell Massachusetts Legislators to pass Shared Parenting bill HO2684

This petition had 102 supporters

Michael Burgraff started this petition to State Senator Thomas McGee and

This bill supports children and strengthens families by creating a rebuttable presumption of shared parenting in divorce cases, so that children can sustain their loving relationships with both parents.

• Research shows overwhelmingly that children do better in the short-term and over the course of their lives if they have two loving parents who are actively engaged in their lives.

• Children with two involved parents perform better academically; they have increased cognitive abilities, higher self-esteem and greater social competence, and they have lower risks of delinquency or of emotional, behavioral, academic, legal and social problems.

• This bill supports children and strengthens families by creating a rebuttable presumption of shared parenting in divorce cases, so that children can sustain their loving relationships with both parents. It puts the child’s happiness and welfare first.

• Further, the bill preserves “the best interest of the child” standard. The court just needs to make written findings that shared legal or physical custody would harm the child and find that shared legal or physical custody is not in “the best interest of the child.”

• The bill does not mandate any particular division of physical custody, such as 50/50.

• It instructs the court to “maximize the amount of time the child spends with each parent, to the extent possible.”

• The bill does not create more parental conflict, but rather diminishes it.

Children overwhelmingly wish to spend time with both of their parents and they benefit from having both parents actively involved in their lives.  A rebuttable presumption of shared parenting would lessen parental conflict because both parents would know beforehand that they would have an active and fulfilling role in their children's lives.  Please support shared parenting legislation both in Massachusetts and other states that seek to improve the lives of children.

 

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This petition had 102 supporters