TheEqual Parenting Bill has been written but needs more co-sponsors. Please contact your State Rep and Senator and ask them to contact State Representative Brian Calley and State Senator .
April 2, 2009
House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Ref : Testimony on
Thank you and your colleagues for introducing Shared Parenting legislation
and the topic of parental parity.
As we well know, the Michigan judicial system is guided to decide which
parent is the better parent. This presumption is that one parent is more
fit than the other. The statistics in the Michigan courts have asserted
that the Mother is the more fit parent in approximately 90 percent of the
It may appear sensible that children will fare much better in the care and
custody of the Mother. However, the mounting statistics over thirty years
continues to confirm that children fare much better in the care and custody
of both parents, even in the event of divorce. With this preponderance of
evidence, which is enormous, it is common sense that we should modify the
laws which impede parent involvement in children's lives.
There are numerous publications that support shared parenting and you will
find some of the evidence, 'real' statistics, and expert testimony in the
Parenting Our Children, Department of Health and Human Services, 1996
Father Facts, 3rd ed., The National Fatherhood Initiative, Wade F. Horn,
Ph.D, 1999, ph
Restoring Fathers to Families and Communities, Social Policy Action Network,
Kathleen Sylvester and Kathy Reich, 2000, ph .
There are many disturbing facts in our social structure that only major
surgery in family and children legislation and long rehabilitation can
- The well documented increase of violence, sexual conduct, and
incarceration of children in single parent households.
- The high rate of divorce and the devastating affect on the financial
well being of all of those affected.
- The high rate of , 70% in the City of
- The affects two parent working households in divorce
In case of divorce, both parents need to work; one to support the child and
the other to pay child support. When both parents are working, who takes
care of the child? The current system does not encourage or support the
non-custodial parent to parent the child while the is
working. We need to encourage parents to work together, adjust their work
schedules, and share in the parenting of the children. This is a win-win
Our legislators need to do everything in their power to give our children
all of the support and resources possible. One fantastic resource that we
continuously exclude is the parents. When you remove the parents from
raising and developing the children, who do you expect to raise children?
This practice is unconscionable.
This Bill has been occasionally labeled a bill. However,
there are many Mother's that are impeded from having a shared parenting
arrangement with their children. Therefore, in fact, this is a Mother's
To those who would oppose this common sense bill, you must ask in whose
interest do they serve. Clearly, it is not children.
If there is anything Dads of Michigan PAC can do to help and support yours
efforts, please do not hesitate to call me at .
DC Representative, DADS of Michigan PAC