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Custody laws receive poor shared parenting grades

A 2014 report card from the National Parents Organization rated how shared parenting was dealt with in state child custody laws, and Massachusetts was awarded a C+ grade. While this may not seem to be a ringing endorsement, only five states received better grades. The law is often accused of failing to keep up with changes in society, and many legal experts say that outdated gender roles form the basis of much of the nation's child custody laws.

Courts award physical and legal custody based on what is considered to be in the best interests of the child, but the traditional view of men being breadwinners while women care for children often makes the custody process very difficult for fathers. According to census data, about 83 percent of custodial parents in the United States are mothers.

However, scientific evidence suggests that single custody may not always be in the best interests of the child. Research published in April 2015 in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health found that children in a shared custody situation were better able to cope with the upheaval and emotional distress caused by their parents seeking a divorce. A growing number of similar studies have led legislators in several states to consider making changes to child custody laws.

Experienced family law attorneys may urge parents to resolve child custody issues through discussion rather than court action. Reaching an amicable settlement not only avoids the uncertainty of legal action, but it may also prevent lingering hostility and resentment. However, if efforts to reach a negotiated agreement are unsuccessful, an attorney could advocate vigorously on behalf of a parent during child custody hearings.

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