On behalf of Lake Toback Attorneys
A number of states have begun to look at new ways to handle custody and visitation issues that stem from divorce. It has long been the norm for child custody issues to be handled by giving one parent custody and the other visitation rights, but many are now calling for a default decision of shared custody. Also known as shared parenting, those who support these changes believe that children are better off when they have equal access to both parents.
There are a number of forces that have led states to begin to look at a different way of doing things, including positive polling numbers, the perceived disenfranchisement of non-custodial parents and the decreasing gender gap. Legislators have been more open to drafting new regulations and calling for studies into the impact of shared parenting due to the fact that the idea is well-received by most of the population.
It is also believed that parents who feel they have been denied appropriate time with their children have become crusaders for change. It is not uncommon for parents with only visitation rights to see their kids just four times a month. Additionally, many of those who feel they have been slighted are men, who are spending much more time as caretakers than in the past and are seeking equitable rights as parents.
Whether someone is going through a divorce or seeking to change their custody arrangement, knowledge of current laws and regulations is often essential to an equitable outcome. A family law attorney may be able to help individuals understand how the process works as well as assist them throughout a legal trial, negotiations or both.
Source: USA Today, “Shared parenting could be new divorce outcome“, Jonathan Ellis, January 27, 2014
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