Bill would give parents going through divorce equal time with their kids

Parents going through a divorce could soon see equal time with their kids.

If passed, the 50/50 parenting bill (Colorado Senate Bill 15-129), would recognize parental rights as fundamental rights, putting parents in divorce court on equal ground.

“We’re looking forward to having this legislation move forward into the 21st century,” said Angelique Layton, a family law attorney in support of the bill. “Both parents have an important role in raising children.”

Opponents are fearful it would put kids back in the hands of an abuser.

“This would force these children to spend more time with a possible abuser,” said Annette Story.

Story’s son wrote a letter to lawmakers urging them to vote down the 50/50 parenting bill.

“My father abused me every time he had visitation with me,” Story’s son wrote. “I could have been dead. I could have been injured. I believe the most likely scenario is that I would have committed suicide to escape the horrible abuse that I suffered.”

Over the past few months, Story has tried to convince lawmakers to oppose the bill. The Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence has, too.

“The problem with the bill passing is that it’s going to muddy the waters,” said Amy Pohl, CCVDV spokeswoman. “It’s going to make it confusing for court professionals and attorneys to understand the best interest of the child standard.”

Layton disagrees.

“We’re hoping this legislation would prompt more judges to put the reasons of their decision in writing,” she said.

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1 comment for “Bill would give parents going through divorce equal time with their kids

  1. Tim
    July 26, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    So one person abuses a child and you want to deny other children access to good dads. There are so many false abuse claims it is sad. Stop all the lies give dads equal access got there kids and kids equal access got there dads.

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