How changes in child support laws, and a push by fathers for equal time, are transforming the way this generation of ex-spouses raise their children.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Not Your Dad's Divorce
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE: SECTION 1. This act shall be known, and may be cited, as the “Equal and Fair Parenting Act”. SECTION 2. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 36-6-101(a)(2)(A)(i), is amended by deleting the current language in its entirety and by substituting instead the following: (i) Except as provided in this subdivision (a)(2)(A), the court shall have the widest discretion to order a custody arrangement that is in the best interest of the child. Unless the court finds by a preponderance of evidence to the contrary, or where the parents have agreed to a different custody arrangement, at a hearing for the purpose of determining the custody of the minor child, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that equally shared parenting is in the best interest of the child. For the purpose of assisting the court in making a determination whether an award of equitably-shared parenting is inappropriate, the court may direct that an investigation be conducted. The burden of proof necessary to modify an order of shared parenting at a subsequent proceeding shall be by a preponderance of the evidence. SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law, the public welfare requiring it.
I'm not certain if Representative Hardaway will be successful with this bill but it is proposed for the January/09 session of the Tennessee State Legislature. I wish him good luck. Too bad we don't have more like him willing to take on the status quo. He apparently also suggested all babies be tested for paternity. Even some so-called right wing bloggers were apparently offended. Interesting the variability with some Tennessee right wingers who have yet to face the massive challenges of family court and dealing with their ex.HB0002 00053033 -1- HOUSE BILL 2 By Hardaway AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 36, Chapter 6, Part 1, to enact the “Equal and Fair Parenting Act”.