Custody Issue Raising Questions


More than 150 bills were introduced in the Nebraska legislature this week but one that’s still pending caught our attention.

There is a group called Kids Have Rights Too and the organization says if a parent is deemed fit by a judge, they believe custody should be split equally.

Right now, one parent is typically given full custody while the other is considered a non-custodial parent. That parent only gets to see their child every other weekend and once during the week even if the parent is deemed fit.

To put this bill in perspective, here's how one woman was affected. She had full custody of her child but signed the child over to the father when she entered into active military duty. During that time, the group tells us, the father took full custody. That meant that she became the non-custodial parent and can't see her child often.

That’s a big issue, "especially with kids as young as my daughter,” said non-custodial parent Devin Grosser. “She needs both her mom and her dad. There are certain situations in life that her dad isn't going to be able to handle and I will be. There are certain situations where I'm not going to know what to say and her dad will."

Lawmakers will begin debating recently introduced bills Monday.


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