The Washington Post published an article stating “more than 20 states in 2017 considered laws to promote shared equal (50/50) custody of children after divorce.”
Some states, Kentucky, for instance, already have passed 50/50 shared parenting laws as the presumption, which is a giant leap forward to parental equality.
This issue is, unfortunately, hard to grasp until you’re subjected to it as a parent.
One learns quickly fathers (men) are almost always subjected to being the non-custodial parent (NCP) 90% of the time, according the last US Census Report, so there is a gender bias.
Fathers are, generally, considered to be “inferior” to mothers and not worthy of being the custodial parent (CP).
Family lawyers will bill parents into poverty (or even bankruptcy) fighting for your rights, with little regard for how that financial cost itself negatively impacts the children’s financial futures. Kids don’t earn incomes.
The courts don’t care either: the average custody case can cost upwards of $50,00 dollars (per parent) in legal fees, with some going even higher. It all comes out of the kids’ pockets, one way or another, either now or later.
The system makes parents fight to be named the CP, because the CP gets all the financial breaks and the majority of possession time, whereas the NCP gets shafted.
Every prominent child psychologist says shared (equal 50/50) parenting is in the best interest of the child.
Illinois currently has a shared parenting bill and it looks like it may pass.