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­­­Omdahl column misleading

By Staff | Aug 22, 2014

I am writing in response to Lloyd Omdahl’s column “Measures spice up November ballot” in the Aug. 16 issue. I am, first a woman, and also the chairman of the Sponsoring Committee for Shared Parenting in North Dakota and I am appalled with his misleading words. First of all, no one will be “forced” into equal parenting rights and responsibilities, equal parenting time, equal primary residential responsibility and equal decision-making on parents involved in a divorce.

If this measure passes, parents will have the right to petition the court if they choose. Oddly enough, there are children who don’t have a say in these situations, that would love nothing more than to have both parents involved in their lives.

Social science research, which is widely available, is clear that the involvement of two fit parents in a child’s life benefits the CHILD. Second, the comment of enabling “disgruntled” divorcees to bypass the normal judicial process is ludicrous. Our courts are well equipped to determine an unfit parent. It saddens me that someone can publish misleading information to try to discredit the importance of this issue.

Our children, not only in North Dakota but everywhere, need our help. I think we need to stop and think about what is truly in the best interest of kids, not personal interest!

Jill Bjerke,

Chairman, Sponsoring Committee for Shared Parenting in North Dakota

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