Divorced Dads Ask Lawmakers to Pass Custody Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A coalition of angry fathers, doctors and family-law attorneys is asking lawmakers to change a Nebraska parental custody law that they view as unfair.

The Legislature's Judiciary Committee had to open an overflow room to accommodate the families, doctors, attorneys and other advocates who testified in support for the parental-custody bill on Wednesday.

The measure would create a legal presumption that both parents are entitled to at least 45 percent of the total parenting time. If the parents disagree on this, one parent would have to prove with a preponderance of evidence that parenting time should shift in favor of one parent.

Bill supporters say kids are better off when they see both parents equally. A legal group for Nebraskans, attorneys and domestic violence organizations opposed the bill.

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