NPO in the media

February 14, 2016. The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, Missouri, “Shared Parenting Drive Makes Its Way to Missouri Legislature,” Quotes Dr. Ned Holstein and Linda Reutzel (National Parents Organization)

A growing national movement seeking to force judges to award equal custody to both divorcing parents has come to Missouri, where backers of shared parenting bills in both legislative chambers say the issue is gaining traction.

Current state law requires only that judges award “significant, but not necessarily equal” periods of time with a child. A Senate bill heard in committee last week would change that to “approximate and reasonably equal” time.

Proponents of the measure argue that in cases in which both parents are equally deserving of custody, courts disproportionately award physical custody to the mother.

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