Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Senate Passes Shared Custody Measure - TN

NewsChannel 5 Network

Excerpts:

A bill that could change the way judges award custody of children in divorce cases cleared the Tennessee senate Monday night.

The shared parenting bill would require judges dealing with custody cases to assume equally shared parenting is in the best interest of the child.

Senator Doug Jackson created the bill. He said often in custody cases fathers end up only getting to spend weekends and a few weeks each year with their kids.

“All it (the bill) does is say to the courts start in the middle and work your way from there,” Jackson said. “Don't start out with a bias or a prejudice against one parent just because of gender.”

Critics of the measure said it would force children to split time equally between hostile parents.

The bill will move to the house for a vote.

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