Equal Child Custody Law Passes Senate; Goes to Governor's Desk

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Equal Child Custody Law Passes Senate; Goes to Governor's Desk

May 10, 2012 Updated May 10, 2012 at 5:38 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The bill that would give both parents equal custody of a child after a divorce is only one signature away from becoming law.

However, the bill has gone through some major changes.

The Children's Equal and Shared Parenting Act would change the current child custody law so that each parent receives at least 35% of parenting time with their child. The current law only asks for a minimum of 25% parenting time for child custody.

However, the original Equal Parenting Act would have given both parents 45.1% of child custody.

Lawmakers cut down most of the proposed bill which was originally about 16 pages, but is now only one and a half pages.

The Senate passed the bill 46-19 Wednesday night and is now sitting on Governor Mark Dayton's desk awaiting his decision on the bill.

During its time through the capitol, the bill has stirred emotional debates and has crossed both party and gender lines.

If passed by the Governor, the law will take into affect in July of 2013.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns