In recent months, different jurisdictions have been taking a look at their laws that deal with such issues as child support and child custody, and some have taken steps to change the presumptions that deal with these situations. Nebraska appears to be the latest jurisdiction to do so, as a bill has been introduced in the state legislature that would place a presumption of joint custody into this decision that’s made by the courts.
Specifically, LB844 would essentially have family courts assume that both parents should have joint custody of any children who may be in dispute either during a divorce case or any other legal issue where child custody is contested. This presumption would only be overruled if evidence existed that prompted a court to award primary custody of the children to one parent over another based on what would be in the best interests of those children.
While this may seem like a relatively subtle change in the existing law, it would be an important step towards changing how family courts tend to decide these issues in the state. Operating from a starting point of awarding both parents custody of children would likely lead to different results in many cases that are presented. It would also lead to more cooperation between the parents after the issue is decided, or at least that’s what’s hoped for by those who have written and presented the bill.
San Diego Child Custody Lawyers
While no such change is being considered presently in California, what could be happening on a larger scale is that the manner in which child custody is considered and decided around the country is changing. If so, it could also change the mindset of many fathers who to date have often been skeptical of their chances to be awarded any type of custody of their children.
If you are a father who is facing this issue, you need to obtain the help of San Diego child custody lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of husbands and fathers for many years. Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.