January 30, 2015
Reform is coming, Reform is coming!!!!!!!
Co-sponsorship deadline extended to Monday February 2, 2015
The deadline for getting co-sponsors for the sweeping custody reform bill has been extended to 5 PM next Monday, February 2(by which time the Patriots will be SuperBowl Champions). We have 14 co-sponsors as of Thursday evening — Great Work! — but we want more, more, more. If you have not called your legislator to ask them to co-sponsor, then please do so right this minute! We need all of you to unite and join this historic effort!"
Here are the co-sponsors we had as of
|Anne M. Gobi, Senator-D
|Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex|
|Colleen M. Garry, Rep-D||36th Middlesex|
|James E. Timilty, Senator-D||Bristol and Norfolk|
|Sheila C. Harrington, Rep-R||1st Middlesex|
|James J. Dwyer, Rep-D||30th Middlesex|
|Jeffrey N. Roy, Rep-D||10th Norfolk|
|Thomas J. Calter, Rep-D||12th Plymouth|
|Shawn Dooley, Rep-R||9th Norfolk|
|Chris Walsh, Rep-D||6th Middlesex|
|Jason M. Lewis, Senator-D||Fifth Middlesex|
|David P. Linksy|
|Rep. Peisch of Wellesley|
|Jason M. Lewis, Senator-D|
If you have not yet contacted your legislator, do it now. Ask him/her to co-sponsor SD 1061, a total re-write of the Massachusetts custody law.
Just click on the following link or paste it in your browser to find out who your legislators are: https://malegislature.gov/people/house
If you need help, call Steve Hitner at: 508-335-0069 and he will guide you thru the process.
- Do not blame the courts, the lawyers, your ex-spouse, the judge, or anyone else for your situation. The existing law is bad law, and you are requesting that your legislator fix it.
- It is ok to refer to parts of the law that affect you negatively. Tell them how the new law would rectify that situation.
- Below are “four points.” Memorize them and educate your legislators:
Begin by telling them you are a constituent and want them to cosponsor:
- It states that the policy of the Commonwealth is to promote shared parental responsibility, and the definition of this phrase in the bill includes at least one-third of the parenting time for each parent, and this is best for kids.
- It gives the judge new ways to sanction a parent who obstructs court-ordered parenting time.
- In making the custody decision, a positive factor for the court to take into account is that a parent supports the relationship between the children and the other parent.
- It makes the current ability and desire of a parent to provide parenting time of equal importance as the history of who was the primary caretaker in the past (who currently is favored).
The Governor’s Working Group, including representatives of all the legal bars, spent two years researching and compromising on the Bill. If it is ok with them, it should be ok with the legislature.
We can do this!