Saturday, April 16, 2005

Battle Over Child Custody Bill Brewing In Legislature - TN


This article is extremely brief so here is all of it:

A bill that would change the way judges award custody of children in divorce cases is making its way through the legislature.

Called the equally shared parenting bill, the legislation would require judges to start with the idea that equally shared parenting is in the best interest of the child.

Critics said the bill would force children to split time equally between hostile parents.

But Anthony Gottlieb, a divorced father of two who supports the bill, said too many fathers are denied custody of their children.

Divorce attorney Rose Palermo told NewsChannel 5, “A lot of courts do give custody to the dad if it’s in the best interest of the child, but its not always in the best interest and dads are not always thinking about that.”

The bill was due for a vote by the full Senate next week, but has been having a tougher time making its way through in the House.

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