How a new bill could force divorced parents to have joint custody of kids

WXYZPublished: August 23, 2017
Published: August 23, 2017

A new bill in the Michigan House of Representatives could change how the state of Michigan decides who gets custody of kids after a divorce. Right now, a judge deices who gets primary custody of a child, but the new bill making its way through Lansing would default to joint custody for both the mother and the father following divorce. State Rep. Jim Runestad, the man behind the bill, held a town hall Monday night in Grand Rapids. He's pushing the legislation and says the current system needs to be updated. He says the bill will push the custody decision away from a judge's discretion and points to studies that show joint custody is best for a child.

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