As strong proponents of joint legal and joint physical custody, any bill that proposes a rebuttal presumption of shared-parenting (50/50) is one that we support.

New Yorkersplease call your state representatives and express strong support for Bill A3181, which, in summary provides:

Establishes the presumption in matrimonial proceedings for awarding shared parenting of minor children in the absence of an allegation that shared parenting would be detrimental to the best interests of the child; establishes an order of preference in awarding custody; defines shared parenting and parenting plan.

Despite the fear-mongering and disgraceful tactics of radical-feminist groups who are so anti-father as to become anti-children, shared-parenting works!  The benefits of involved fathers for children are too numerous to list here.  Conversely, the detriments to children in fatherless home are quite disturbing and should be of concern to mothers and fathers alike.

A rebuttal presumption of shared custody in all divorce/custody disputes will serve to dramatically reduce a vindictive, malicious parent from using their children as weapons against the target parent, either for revenge or for money.

Absent a provable issue that demonstrate that a parent is unfit to parent their children or logistical issues that would prevent a 50/50 parenting plan, we urge legislators across the country to enact laws that default to shared-parenting plans.

Stop allowing children to be used as weapons in divorce and custody proceedings.  Support shared-parenting initiatives.  Stop believing the lies that most fathers don’t want to be parents to their children.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Summary of New York’s Bill A3181, its sponsors and co-sponsors.