Fathers’ Rights Groups Favor Bill

Tomorrow, the Children and Families Committee of the New York State Assembly will hold a hearing on Bill A330 that would establish a presumption of shared parenting. The presumption can be overcome by a parent showing that shared parenting is not in the best interest of the child.

Shared parenting is the modern way of saying joint custody. If the bill passes, joint child custody will be the preferred result and the burden of convincing the court otherwise will shift to the party seeking sole custody. That party is frequently the mother.

As a result, the usual battle lines are being drawn, with the National Organization of Women for New York against the bill and father’s rights groups in favor.