Shared Parenting 2008  
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Washington State
Presumptive Shared Parenting Bill
SB-5234 & HB-2345

To: The Washington State Legislature and Governor Christine Gregoire

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, citizens of Washington State, draw the attention of the Washington State Legislature and Governor Gregoire to the following:

THAT WHEREAS the vast majority of studies on the issue have found overwhelming empirical evidence showing that children develop better, are healthier, and perform better across a range of social indicators when they enjoy an equal shared parenting arrangement with their parents after divorce or separation, and,

WHEREAS children are being harmed through the Washington State family court system, which tends to increase conflict between parents while resulting in a massive transfer of wealth away from children and their parents, and is obviously not working in the best interests of children, and,

WHERAS families are harmed because of a failure of our State Courts to adequately enforce existing Washington State mandated Parenting Plans by holding contemptors in contempt,

WHEREAS the Washington State Legislature could terminate much family agony by legislating a presumption of equal shared parenting after divorce or separation,

WHERAS the Washington State Legislature could strengthen requirements for the Courts to enforce existing parenting plans with no basis for restrictions under RCW 26.09.191.,

WHEREAS the vast majority of the public supports legislation which requires a presumption of equal shared parenting arrangements of children after divorce for those parents with no proven criminal abuse towards their children,

Whereas the Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee and the House Judiciary Committee has had a presumptive shared parenting bill in front of it for each of the past several consecutive legislatures and has refused to pass it to the floor for a vote,

THEREFORE, your petitioners request the Washington State Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee and the House Judiciary Committee pass a Shared Parenting Bill out of committee and onto the floor for a vote, that the legislature passes a joint resolution providing for a presumption of 50/50 shared parenting in all divorce and separations that does not have a proven criminal abuse towards the children, and that adequate judicial training and accountability, along with the necessary funding be implemented to ensure compliance with the legislature and the will of the people.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

 
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