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Advocates argue for changes in child custody

For people in Mississippi, the decision to divorce is often a difficult one to make, especially when there are children involved. For many, however, it is the best decision for a family. Despite the changing roles of mothers and fathers, some advocates claim that current child custody laws are prejudicial against fathers and are demanding reforms.

Some advocates claim that courts of family law too often ignore the role of a father in a child's life. Even if the court has the best intentions in awarding primary custody to a mother, some say that studies do not show that such an arrangement is actually in the best interest of children. For example, one study shows that children whose parents share parenting have less stress.

As a result of recent advocacy, many states are considering reforms related to shared parenting. Some states are looking at proposals that would require equal parenting time except in cases where there is evidence to indicate that such an arrangement does not meet a child's best interest. Other potential reforms request that judges consider a parenting schedule that would allow each parent to maximize their role in a child's life.

Some would argue that a one-size-fits-all approach to child custody arrangements may not be effective. However, others say that ensuring that both parents are able to have as much access to their children is the best option for many families. Regardless, judges in Mississippi have important decisions to make. A parent who has an experienced attorney may be able to better express to the judge why a certain arrangement may be beneficial or harmful to the children involved.

Source: national.deseretnews.com, "Child custody reforms push for equal time with both parents", Mandy Morgan, June 23, 2015

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