Newsletter for February 9, 2022

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Let’s go ahead and talk about Child Custody..

When two spouses end a marriage, a court will decide how custody of the couple’s minor children is divided between the parents. Custody consists of both physical and legal components, which are two different issues for the court to resolve. The court also will decide whether one parent should have sole custody of the children or whether the parents should share joint custody of the children.

If parents in New York State divorce or separate, by law a judge must decide based on “the best interest of the child” where and with whom their children should live. That is as it should be.

The judge considers many factors in making that decision, for both legal and physical custody, in which, again by law, the “child’s health and safety shall be the paramount concerns.”

2021 survey by the National Parents Organization showed 92 percent of New Yorkers believe it is in the child’s best interest to have as much time as possible with each parent and also say they would be “more likely to vote for a candidate who supports children spending equal or nearly equal time with each parent … when both parents are fit and willing to be parents.”

So why don’t our state laws reflect that?

We spoke with Jason Houck of East Berne, who chairs the New York Affiliate of the National Parents Organization. His organization is pushing for changes in state law that would make it more likely, after parents divorce or separate, to have their children spend half their time with each of their parents as long as those parents are fit and loving.

Houck’s organization has produced a report card, evaluating each state on the issue. New York was given an F as one of the two worst states along with Rhode Island.

The report said the grade was assigned because  “New York York has no statutory preference for, or presumption of, shared parenting.”

There is currently a bill in the New York State Senate, introduced by Republican Pamela Helming, from Canandaigua, with a companion bill in the State Assembly, introduced by Republican Brian Manktelow from Wayne County, both of which say;

“it is in the public  interest to encourage parents to share the rights and responsibilities of child-rearing” and both of which would “establish a presumption, affecting the burden of proof, that shared parenting is in the best interests of minor children.”

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In service to you and your family,

Managing Director, Hope4Families


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