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Shared custody

January 17th, 2014 by Alica

The South Dakota Legislature is in session, and one of the issues being discussed is whether divorcing couples should automatically get shared custody of the children. Some people say that shared custody should be the default ruling, and judges can look at cases individually to see if one parent would be the better choice. Other people say that automatic shared custody might put children at risk of spending time with an unfit parent.

What are your thoughts?

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4 Responses

  1. Grandpa's point of view Says:

    My daughter has this arrangement in Iowa. It has it’s pros and cons. If the (for example) dad has not been good at paying the bills, he now has to provide some of the daily care and expenses. But when the kids ask the mother for something, she tells them their dad is supposed to do that, it puts the kids right in the middle, not good.
    Each case should scrutinize each parent to decide the best interest of the kids.

  2. Alica Says:

    To #1: Agreed that each case has its own best solution. Proponents of the proposed change in law are saying that 50/50 custody should be the default starting point and then go from there. Apparently, what happens a lot is that the default is that the mother gets 100 percent custody.

    My son is divorced and has shared custody of his daughter. That is in Nebraska. As grandparents, my husband and I are grateful for the shared custody, as it means we can see our granddaughter more often. Also, I feel that in our case, the custody arrangement is in the best interest of the child.

  3. Uffda Says:

    When I got divorced in another state, my ex wife was given primary custody BUT we were suppose to make decisions together that concerned our daughter. She went about trying to make elem school changes without talking to me about it.

    Then later she decided to move over 1000 miles taking my daughter with her. There was nothing I could do legally to keep her from going. So my relationship with my daughter became phone calls, visits at Christmas and a few weeks during the summer.

  4. Alica Says:

    The Senate Judiciary Committee will discuss this proposed bill at 8 a.m. today (Tuesday, Feb. 4) Listen online: http://www.sdpb.sd.gov/player/413.html

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