Amazing, people opposed the presumption of shared parenting argue that it is wrong to limit the judges’ discretion by requiring them to state their reasons for not granting shared parenting (joint custody). They know that having to go on record would expose the bias. When you are dealing with something that is and should always be a fundamental right (the right to control the nature of your relationship with your own child), you don’t need research and studies. That is the nature of “fundamental parental right”. If large numbers of parents misuse that fundamental right, then use simple assault, neglect, or other criminal sanctions to deal with it, not strip everyone of their fundamental rights.
What’s best for kids at issue for dads
THE GLOBE got it wrong on the “shared parenting” bill (“A fair role for fathers,” Editorial, Feb. 23). You cite law professor Charles Kindregan, who should know better, writing that he “argues that a presumption of joint legal and physical custody could handcuff judges who should be free to consider the best interests of children on a case-by-case basis.” The bill would not take any discretion away from judges, as you noted three paragraphs earlier. Rather, it would require judges to state the reasons for their rulings in the event that one parent got sole custody. (more…)