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US Child Custody Reform Make Shared Parenting The Norm

It appears our southern neighbours may be taking the lead in bringing custody and access arrangements in line with modern times.

At least ten states are discussing child and custody reforms to make equal time with both parents the standard arrangement upon divorce. To be fair, Canada has attempted the same but we seem to be dragging our feet on divorce reform. Indeed, Bill C-422 barely got past the first reading. Its successor, Bill C-560, which intended to , “apply the principle of equal parenting unless it is established that the best interests of the child would be substantially enhanced by allocating parental responsibility other than equally”, was defeated upon second reading.

So what do you say, should shared arrangements be the norm in Canada?