Dozens Advocate For Equal Parenting
by Rachel Skytta, Reporter
November 09, 2013 4:28 PM
Dozens of protestors gathered in Sioux Falls to raise awareness on what they say are unfair custody laws.
Advocates of shared and equal parenting were at the intersection of 41st Street and Louise Avenue Saturday morning. The protestors say South Dakota custody laws make it difficult for divorced parents to have healthy relationships with their children.
Current South Dakota law automatically permits divorced parents to visit with their children four days a month, which some say is not enough.
"Fatherlesness in our society is one of the biggest issues we have, and here we have a set of laws that are aimed to keep one parent out of kids lives. Four days a month is not enough time to be an effective parent," said Casey Wilson, a father from Flandreau.
Members of the group say they have submitted multiple bills advocating for equal parenting in the past, and hope to again this year.