A new advocacy group called Leading Women for Shared Parenting is launching on Father’s Day in support of equal parenting between men and women. Supporters include individuals in California, other states and Canada. The group is hoping to make changes regarding child custody rulings so that children will get the benefit of having two active parents in their life.
The group consists of a variety of women, including congresswomen, professors, social workers, lawyers, experts on domestic abuse and individuals who had good relationships with their fathers. Other participants include individuals who are fighting for family law reform in their states. Both liberal and conservative women are involved in the group.
The group hoped to shed light on the benefits of having both parents play equal roles in the lives of their children after divorce. As part of the launching, family law experts will discuss these benefits. A psychology professor at Arizona State University found no real statistical difference between the genders regarding their support for shared parenting. Men may continue to be disadvantaged when it concerns child custody. One county awarded sole physical custody to women in 70 percent of the cases. Some social workers in the group have expressed concern regarding psychological damage that daughters may experience if they do not have equal access to their dads. While the group hopes to change laws regarding custody so that parents could share about equal time with the kids, domestic abuse workers want to be sure that future bills have exceptions when domestic violence is involved.
Advocacy groups of this nature may be able to bring about change in family court laws. A California family law attorney can explain any recent changes to clients, as well as advise them on what may be the best custody arrangement in their circumstance.
Source: Star Tribune, “Rosenblum: Divorced dads get big gift from fired-up moms“, Gail Rosenblum, June 08, 2013