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Are child custody laws changing in Alaska?

When parents are fighting for custody of their children, the courts tend to award custody to mothers. However, Alaska fathers may want to spend more time with their children, and the National Parents Organization suggests that children benefit more when both parents are actively involved in their lives. Many believe that joint child custody should be awarded as long as both parents are fit and there are no signs of abuse.

Some states have already started to pass measures on joint custody. A representative with the National Parents Organization believes that fathers should have equal rights, but he has been met with opposition. He believes that children who spend a significant amount of time with both parents are academically and emotionally better.

The state bar in South Dakota believes that joint custody can be a challenging ordeal. This is especially true if the parents live far away from each other or do not get along with each other. The joint custody bill faced a lot of opposition, but a compromise was finally reached. Even though joint custody is not mandatory, judges must now, at least, consider it and they have certain guidelines to follow.

Changing child custody laws to facilitate shared parenting may be beneficial to children. Children profit when both parents are actively involved in their lives. However, many states still have not passed bills to implement shared parenting, leaving one vulnerable to not having a regular relationship with his or her child. Alaska parents who are in the midst of a child custody battle may want to explore their legal options when seeking more time with their children.

Source: wabe.org, Push To Change Custody Laws: What's Best For Kids?, Jennifer Ludden, Feb. 26, 2014

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