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MCADSV Opposes Establishing a Legal Presumption for 50/50 Child Custody

Lawmakers need to hear from you. Look up your Missouri state Senator; share your story and concerns with them.

Survivors deserve a compromise.

Changes in Missouri child custody and visitation laws in the 2016 legislative session created new guidelines for shared parenting yet the legislature did not require 50/50 parenting as the default in all custody and visitation cases.

Today, the Missouri Senate is debating a bill, SB14, that would establish a legal presumption that it is in the best interest of children that judges award equal parenting time to both parents in all custody cases. This bill does not recognize that when domestic violence is present in the home, 50/50 parenting can put survivors and their children at risk of further violence. Child custody cases are already difficult on survivors and their children, and this bill could have devastating unintended consequences.

 

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