Mississippi Child Custody Dispute Lawyer Talks about the Nationwide Shift towards Shared Parenting

A hearing that was recently held at the State House in Massachusetts during which fathers shared details of their family lives following their divorces is representative of similar hearings that are taking place in state houses across America. At the hearings, parents, especially fathers, are advocating for legislative changes that will promote and shared parenting. Some states have already enacted legislation that favors shared parenting over other types of custody arrangements, and approximately twenty states are currently considering such legislation.

One of the main reasons why states are feeling the need to reexamine their child custody laws is that parental roles have changed. Some child custody laws have been on the books for a long time, and family life has changed a great deal since the laws were enacted. For example, approximately seventy percent of women work outside of the home, and fathers are more involved in the day to day care of their children than they have ever been, with some dads even choosing the role of stay-at-home dad.

Another reason why a move towards legislation that favors shared parenting makes good sense is that it can shorten the length of custody cases and in doing so reduce legal fees for parents. Perhaps the most compelling reason for states to support courts ordering shared parenting whenever possible is that it works well for children. Research, including a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, shows that children living in shared custody arrangements exhibited fewer psychosomatic issues than those living in a situation where one parent has custody and the other has visitation.

It is important to note that there are concerns over what forms legislation supporting shared custody will take. For example, if legislation is passed which mandates shared custody that could overstep the courts’ authority to make decisions that are in the best interest of the children. Legislation that promotes shared custody must contain some type of acknowledgement that there are situations, such as those where parents simply cannot make it work or where domestic violence is a factor, where shared custody does not serve the best interest of the children.

Some of the ways that proposed legislation in various states would support shared parenting include specifying a minimum percentage of time that a child would spend with a parent, encouraging compliance with court-ordered or court-approved parenting plans, and discouraging noncompliance with court-ordered or court-approved parenting plans or lack of cooperation with the other parent through the use of sanctions.

Shared custody works well for many families, and it might be right for your family, too. A Mississippi Child Custody Dispute Lawyer can help you find all of the information that you need to make important decisions for your family, including information about whether shared custody could benefit you and your family. If you have questions about a child custody matter, Mississippi Child Custody Attorney Matthew S. Poole may be able to help you. Please call our office today, at (601) 573-7429.

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Mississippi Child Custody Dispute Lawyer Talks about the Nationwide Shift towards Shared Parenting
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Mississippi Child Custody Dispute Lawyer discusses emerging trend of shared parenting.

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