Shared parenting could be new divorce outcome

Advocates say children are better served when spending equal time with both parents. A growing number of state lawmakers are examining child custody laws amid a push from advocates who argue that divorcing parents should share equal custody. There are three major reasons for the increasing interest in shared parenting laws, said Ned Holstein, the founder of the National Parents Organization, a group that supports shared parenting. First, gender roles have converged, and more men are caretakers. Second, polls show that large majorities of Americans support the concept of shared custody. Third, the movement has, in part, been fueled by the fact that over the last 30 years, courts have given custodial parents more powers, Holstein said, leaving non-custodial parents frustrated and energizing a backlash.…50111


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