Shared and equal responsibility for both the financial and physical well-being of our children is both good policy and the right thing to do. When parents separate, it should be the job of our family courts to encourage shared parental involvement and responsibility rather than denying it, and to promote shared physical custody arrangements for our children and all future generations.
Do you agree?
As the law is now written, the only way a judge can order joint legal custody and equal shared physical custody of children is if the parents agree to it. In the current law, the first factor that must be considered is “the parents’ ability to agree, communicate and cooperate in matters relating to the child.” Separated or divorcing parents who are litigating against each other in court are unlikely to agree about anything. Too often, child custody is used by one parent or the other as a bargaining chip for other issues. This should not be permitted. Childhood is too short and too precious. The right of the child to two fit parents should not be infringed upon by either parent, nor by the court.
It is up to all of us to stand up for our children, advocate for them, and keep our promise to them to protect them and limit potential emotional damage from an abusive legal process at a time when they are most vulnerable.
Join us asking your legislators to support Bills A1091 and S273, or even to sign on as a co-sponsor. Ask yourself … In regards to protecting this most basic right of our children, if not now, when?
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