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January 16, 2010 - As legislative sessions get underway around the nation shared parenting activity heats up.  Today’s news brings a great report published late last year by Wake Forest University Professor Dr. Linda Nielsen.  Many of you remember Dr. Nielsen as a past President of ACFC as well.  Her latest report published in the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage is a fantastic review of the current research.  Among several questions ‘Shared Parenting After Divorce: A Review of Shared Residential Parenting Research’ takes a look at what type of parenting plan is most beneficial for children after their parents’ divorce and how shared parenting children are faring.  We know you will be encouraged by the findings in this report, you can read it here.  Share this information with your legislators and encourage them to consider it as shared parenting bills come before them.  Dr. Nielsen will be joining several other researchers to discuss this research and the increasing trend toward shared parenting at the influential AFCC conference in Chicago this coming June.

Shared parenting bills are being introduced and worked in a number of state legislatures.  We’ve reported on South Carolina’s HB4095 which is being promoted by the South Carolina Coalition for Parents and Children, ACFC’s SC affiliate.  The bill is coming to the House floor for a vote about ten days from now.  This story on the bill was the lead news item last Monday on the CN2 news broadcast.  If you’re in South Carolina get in touch with South Carolina Coalition for Parents and Children to see how you can help.

ACFC submitted comments on Virginia House Bill 606 this past week.  HB606 establishes a presumption for joint custody as being in the best interest of children and goes on to state the physical custody component of a joint custody order be equal sharing of residential time.  You'll want to contact your state legislators with your thoughts on the bill.

HB1010, a joint custody bill has been introduced in the Indiana legislature. It is tentatively scheduled to be heard  Wednesday, however the hearing and vote may be postponed due to the current right to work debate. 

For over 15 years ACFC has been working for positive change in the areas of divorce, child custody, child support and related family law areas.  We look forward to continuing to work together on these and other family law related issues.