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THE SOUTH DAKOTA COALITION  FOR SHARED PARENTING
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New South Dakota Relocation Law - Effective July 1, 2004
NONCUSTODIAL PARENTS NEED TO RESPOND WITHIN 30 DAYS OF NOTICE

 Questions & Answers regarding a Rebuttable Presumption of Joint Physical Custody   Updated February, 2004  Must Read!

New Study Shows Child Support Guidelines in Need of Reform
By Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks  6/20/04     NEW

Is There Really a Fatherhood Crisis?  Stephen Baskerville - Howard University Professor - A MUST READ of TRUTH
http://www.independent.org/tii/media/pdf/tir_08_4_baskerville.pdf

Glenn Sacks is a men's and fathers' issues columnist and a nationally-syndicated radio talk show host.  

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2003 PROPOSED SHARED PARENTING GUIDELINES - Final 3/14/03

Shared Parenting Organization Links          

 Parents and Children for Equality (PACE)   (Excellent Newsletters - Ohio)

Lagging behind the times: Parenthood, Custody and Gender Bias in the Family Court - 1998 - Cynthia A. McNeely - Florida State University Law Review

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FROM THE FEBRUARY 2003 ABA JOURNAL: FAMILY LAW: DADS WANT THEIR DAY:  Fathers Charge Legal Bias Toward Moms Hamstrings Them as Full-Time Parents

ABC 20/20 Battle of the Sexes: Spousal Abuse Cuts Both Ways - 2/7/03

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - Useful Articles


CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGES IN UNITED STATES

DIVORCE INDUSTRY IN SOUTH DAKOTA - E-MAIL                          

THE TRUTH: FOR THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR CHILDREN - SB 60
NEW - MUST READ Word Doc Word Doc PDF format PDF format

THE ISSUE OF MONEY RE: SB 60 (NEW, MUST READ)

Exploring Child Support and Visitation Rights

Why is the South Dakota Coalition for Shared Parenting Involved in This Legislation for Families of Separation and Divorce?

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Critical Thinking for a Complex Issue -- Senate Bill 60
“Thinking Outside the Box”

 What Are the South Dakota Visitation Guidelines?  Why is the Parenting Schedule considered Outdated?

RELEVANT SOUTH DAKOTA LAWS

Information provided to all Legislators, Governor Rounds, Judicial (UJS) and additional resources

Proposed Model Relocation Act, AAML 1997


 Legal and Research Support for a Presumption for Joint Physical Custody

"The interest of the parents in the care, custody, and control of their children - - is perhaps the oldest of the fundamental liberty interests recognized by this Court."  U.S. Supreme Court, 2000

Children Likely to be better Adjusted in Joint Vs Sole Custody Arrangements in Most Cases, According to Review of Research.  Press release, March 24, 2002 - American Psychological Assn.

Warren Farrell, Ph.D. (2001). Father and Child Reunion:  How to Bring the Dads We Need to the Children We Love.  Penguin Putnam Inc., New York. Excerpts. October, 2002  Must Read!  
Dr. James Dobson 6/19/02 Father's Play Critical Role In Their Son's Lives   A MUST READ!!

 WELCOME!

Welcome to “The South Dakota Coalition for Shared Parenting” Website.  Although our organization is in its infancy, I believe it  will continue to serve a strong and needed purpose in our great State of South Dakota.  That is,  to promote and encourage equal shared parenting which is in the best long-term interest of our children.  

For many of us -- fathers, mothers, custodial or noncustodial fathers and mothers, grandparents, relatives, men and women, and especially children, the road through the challenge of separation and divorce has been a difficult and long walk of faith.  To be put in a position where a person has to defend his or her right to parent throughout the divorce and legal process is wrong.  To, in essence, take a certain degree of fatherhood or motherhood away from a parent and pass the majority of this parenthood to one or other parent, is wrong.  To believe that mothers and fathers cannot equally nurture and love their children is wrong.  To go through a legal process where one parent needs to show that they are better than the other parent or needs to tear the other parent down to “win” is wrong.  To pit two loving parents against each other to “win” custody of their children who love them both equally is wrong. To spend thousands of dollars to accomplish this, simply is wrong.  Can you tell me there are any “winners” throughout and after the divorce process?  Who is hurt most in this process.  Parents?  Children? Extended Family?  I contend, there must be a better way.

I believe, as many do, that a presumption of equal shared parenting (i.e. 50/50) is the better way.  An assumption that is made at the onset provided both parents are able to parent their children.  It seems to me that most parents are able to equally parent their children prior to the separation, so why not during the separation and after the divorce?  

As I have stated before, children need BOTH parents for their physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being.  Children have the right to shared parenting, equal access and opportunity with both parents, the right to be guided and nurtured by both parents, and the right to have decisions made by the use of both parents' wisdom, judgment and experience.1  I propose, anything less is not in the best interest of our children. Children should not have to forfeit these rights when the parents divorce.

Enjoy our website.  Links are added frequently. Look around,  learn more and I hope you will become a member of our initiative to minimize the effects of separation and divorce for our children, and for future generations across South Dakota.  


Best Regards,


Steve Mathis, Founder
The South Dakota Coalition for Shared Parenting

1  "Although the dispute is symbolized by a 'versus' which signifies two adverse parties at opposite poles of a line, there is in fact a third party whose interests and rights make of the line a  triangle.
That person, the child who is not an official party to the lawsuit but whose well-being is in the eye of the controversy, has a right to shared parenting when both are equally suited to provide it.

Inherent in the express public policy is a recognition of the child's right to equal access and opportunity with both parents, the right to be guided and  nurtured by both parents, the right to have major decisions made by the application of both parents' wisdom,  judgment and experience. The child does not forfeit these rights when the parents divorce."
--Presiding Judge Dorothy T. Beasley,
  Georgia Court of Appeals,
  "In the Interest of A.R.B., a Child," July 2, 1993

Note: This information is offered for educational purposes only. Nothing here or elsewhere on this site should be construed as legal advice. For legal advice, consult an attorney.


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