However, Michael Dittberner, legislative chair of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, said that until a few years ago, custody and child support were linked. He said the proposed 45-plus percent parenting time could change the new child support formulas. "I think there was an intent to effect child support."
It appears the divorce lawyers are getting nervous about allowing fathers access to their children by default. Must scare them that they may lose the biggest bargaining chip they were ever granted.
So to paraphrase, the opponents of shared parenting in Minnesota appear to not want to recalculate child support. To avoid this administrative task, they'd rather not look at fathers as equal parents.
I guess this is where we as a society must stop and ask ourselves..."If we are constantly stating we want fathers to be a part of their children's lives (and we should), then isn't it time we allow it?" When lawyers and the system try so hard to prevent equal parenting, why is it that we would expect it? It is the Catch 22 that we place fathers in...remove their children from them and then tell them to spend more time with them. Minnesota has to step out of the draconian age of intentional gender bias in their courts, evident by the very words they speak in opposition to equality.
What is your state like? What do you think?