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Re: “Winner Takes All: Should Vermont's Family Courts Be Allowed to Order Shared Custody of Kids?

Shared custody should be a given! In cases of verifiable alcohol abuse, drug abuse, sexual abuse and obvious "deal breakers", the absence of shared custody should be just as much of a given. A child needs both parents in their lives on a REGULAR basis. A mother naturally brings certain idiosyncratic necessities to child's life and a father naturally brings certain idiosyncratic necessities to a child's life. Together, they generate differences, yet balance. Each parent, as well as having equal rights to participate equally in their child's life also has equal responsibility to be there for their child for equal time. If each parent wants half of the 50/50 custody arrangement, they had better be committed to the necessity of being there physically, emotionally and completely unfettered from a stream of other adult distractions during their 50% of time. Raising a kid requires this more than clothes, Iphones and summer camps. A new baseball glove's worth nothing if Dad's not in the bleachers. New nail polish is worth nothing without Mom's hand holding her toes while her daughter tenuously applies it. Automatic shared custody removes the trump cards of money or gender and puts both parents in the often humbling position of being two equal parents. It takes two to make 'em and it takes two to raise 'em.

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Posted by Robbie on 04/28/2014 at 11:06 PM

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