Protect the Children of Divorce

In the United States, 50 percent of first marriages, 67 percent of second and 74 percent of third marriages end in divorce. Major life changing decisions for children of divcorce can be effective immediately with little notice or explanation. Both parents don’t even have to have a copy of a divorce decree before it can go into effect. 

As a result, every child custody dispute should be assisted by a custody evaluation with well articulated standards. Someone needs to actually sit down with the child(ren) and both parents to try and figure out what is in their best interests. Unfortunately, judges are at a disadvantage as they typically never meet or see the child(ren).

So who is there for our children when the parents are hurting too much to be? Who is explaining things to them? How many feel like they don’t have control over their lives so they try and take in some other – typically unhealthy – way? Have you ever seen the effects of a child(ren) abruptly taken from their home without notice or explanation? These are human lives not possessions.

Decisions should not go into effect immediately unless there is someone in imminent danger. Children need counseling to make sure their mental and emotional health is being addressed. That counselor could help the parents work together towards the child(ren)’s best interests.

The cost of a contested divorce can be over $15,000. A custody evaluation typically costs $750 – $1500 per person.

What we are doing to our children is totally preventable! As a society, why are we saying this is okay? With the high rate of divorce in America, we cannot stand to allow this any longer!

To support state legislation requiring child custody assistance to divorce proceedings, please sign the petition below:

PETITION TEXT:

Dear Sir or Madam,

In the United States, 50 percent of first marriages, 67 percent of second and 74 percent of third marriages end in divorce.

Typically in a divorce, parents aren’t able to communicate with each other and work for the best interests of their child(ren).

The cost of a contested divorce can cost over $15,000. A custody evaluation typically costs $750 – $1500 per person.

Judges are at a disadvantage as they typically never even meet the child(ren). A custody evaluation can help give them more insight and put the focus on the child(ren).

We need the following legislation passed:

1) Every child custody dispute needs to have a custody evaluation. We need someone actually sitting down with the child(ren) and both parents to try and figure out what is in their best interests.

2) We need to make standards for these custody evaluations.

3) Decisions cannot go into effect immediately unless imminent danger is detected.

4) Children need counseling to make sure their mental and emotional health is being addressed.

Every day that we fail to pass legislation, there are countless children suffering. This is preventable. As a result, I respectfully request you pursue this legislation immediately.

Sincerely,
[Your name will go here]

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2 Comments

  1. Ruth Rogers Ruth Rogers says:

    Signed! Please help these children to have a choice of counselors, and please sign this petition.

  2. Ruth Rogers Ruth Rogers says:

    Signed! (page 1 of 2)

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