Michigan House Bill 5114, Children Need Both Parents, was introduced June 17 by Rep. Brian Calley (R). HB5114 would mandate that "in a custody dispute between parents, the Court shall order joint custody unless either of the following applies: (A) The Court determines by clear and convincing evidence that a parent is unfit, unwilling or unable to care for the child," or, (B) if a parent "is unable to maintain the child's school schedule without interruption.
HB5114 has 19 co-sponsors and has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee, Mark Meadows (D), chairman. Meadows is against efforts by parents of broken homes to equally raise and care for their children, and is not expected to allow HB5114 a proper hearing.
Phillip N. Wurm
Vice president and west Michigan regional director,
A Child's Right
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