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Shared parenting laws being adopted by multiple states

Illinois residents may be interested to learn that some states have enacted child custody and shared parenting reform laws. While there are many benefits to shared parenting following a divorce, there are some criticisms of the reform. Regardless, it appears that these laws may be popping up due to the increase in claims of parental alienation.

Although the shared parenting laws differ from state to state, most encourage parenting time where both parents are responsible for providing equal parenting and parent responsibilities, regardless of how much time each parent actually has with their kids. This law, which was initially introduced by Arizona in 2010, has been considered a success.

The state of Missouri enacted a similar law that was slightly more relaxed. The law gives fathers an equal chance to seek custody even though courts are more likely to keep children with their mothers or with the parent who has a reliable dwelling. The law essentially prevented courts from making custody decisions based on the gender of the parent or the age of the child.

Unless there are accusations of abuse or if a parent is considered dangerous, both exes can seek to share the amount of parenting time they get with their child. A family law attorney may assist with any negotiations regarding where the children will live. If the child is living primarily with one parent, that individual may potentially seek child support to help cover the costs of raising the child. The attorney may assist with gathering the financial documents needed to show the parental income of both parents. Any child support that is ordered by the court may be used for education, housing and even entertainment.

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