The July 22 editorial “Beacon Hill hits the home stretch, but work remains” is spot-on in arguing that the Massachusetts Senate should pass the House’s shared-parenting bill.
House 3090, or the child-centered family law bill, changes the demeaning language of “custody” and “visitation” to terms such as shared residential responsibility and parenting time.
In many ways, this is a public health bill and an equal rights bill. First, it would help try to keep both parents involved with their children’s lives after separation and divorce, which has been found to have a positive impact on children’s development. In addition, it protects the rights of both fit parents to raise their children, by proposing, but not mandating, that shared parenting means one-third or more of the child’s time with each parent.
It is time for the Senate to fix the current, outdated parenting legislation and do what is in the best interest of children and parents.
Peter G. Hill
The writer was a member of a working group on family law that was established under Deval Patrick when he was governor.