Rob at Say Anything, a person that I respect, has been very involved in the collection of the signatures on the petitions for the Shared Parenting Initiative. I’m not sure if he’s more involved than that or not, but he’s reporting today that the petitions are in and it looks like they have far more signatures than they will ever need to get it included on the ballot in November.
Way to go! I truly think that this is a great initiative and a needed change in the way that Child Custody and Child Support are determined.
A very basic rundown: Child Custody is Joint. Only exception to the rule? Parental unfitness. On either parents part. Added to that is the Child Support bit. Child support is not to exceed the amount needed for the basic care of the Child. No more excessive child support amount just because the non-custody parent makes a lot of money.
UPDATE: Rob has posted the following on Say Anything:
the efforts to get all of those signatures has cost us a significant sum of money and now we’ve got a fierce media battle to face against bureaucrats and lawyers who don’t want to lose any of the funding or fees that fierce custody battles generate for them. So, basically, we need a little monetary help
If you can afford to give, please do. It is an important initiative that could lead to similar initiatives nationwide. Visit the Say Anything post and press the Paypal Donate button now. Any small amount is sure to help and all donations are welcomed.