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Debate over shared parenting could affect military parents

A new law is being considered in another state which could have an effect on parents all over the U.S. Military parents in all states, including Florida, should especially be aware of this bill, since it could have long-reaching implications. One state's lawmakers are attempting to make mandatory shared parenthood a reality. That means that, if the bill passes, judges will be required, in most cases, to grant 50/50 shared custody of children to parents who are going through a divorce.

Supporters of the bill gathered to encourage people to show up at a rally known as Putting Kids First. The stance of these supporters is that it is best for the children of divorce if they are given equal time with each parent. They feel that the current custody laws pit one parent against the other and only make things more difficult for the children involved in divorce.

While supporters feel that this bill would cut down on parental alienation, those opposed to the bill fear that it could open the door for more children to be abused. This group is afraid that spouses who have committed abuse in the marriage would be granted automatic 50/50 custody of their children, putting those kids in danger. Supporters argue that there would be rules in place that would keep anyone who has been suspected of domestic abuse from being able to claim the 50/50 law.

Of course, for military parents in Florida and other states, this bill could be a bit more complicated. While it is possible to share custody, it is not always possible for those who are deployed to share equal time with their children. Anyone who has children and is considering a divorce may want to speak with a knowledgeable divorce attorney. This lawyer stays up to date on all current laws that would affect parents in a divorce, so that he or she can guide the parent in the best choices for his or her case.

Source: fox17online.com, "50/50 child custody bill sparks heated debate in Grand Rapids", Bob Brenzing, Aug. 12, 2017

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