We believe in the equal value and importance of mothers and fathers.
We are a group of fathers, mothers, grandparents, brothers and sisters who all believe in the importance of parenting. Some of us are even adult-children of divorce. All of us support the value of protecting the relationships between children and their parents after divorce.
We want to see shared parenting laws and education programs firmly established in every jurisdiction.
We see the research. We know that children are harmed when either of their parents are removed or pushed to the sidelines. Unless there are extraordinary reasons, a child will have better life outcome by maintaining strong relationships with their mothers and fathers.
We believe, in the absence of abuse, neglect or abandonment, children’s desires, needs and interests are best served when they grow up loving equally, and equally loved by, both their parents. Further, children benefit equally from the diversity of both mothers and fathers and from the maximum involvement of both parents.
Millions of family members, both women and men, have silently suffered the loss of children they love and care deeply about as a result of misguided laws and family court practices which systematically restrict a child’s access to one parent and half of their extended family. Both children and families deserve better than to be forced into an adversarial process with policies that encourage the minimization of one parent in the lives of their children.
It is our aim to change this system. The first step is endorsing the statement. The next step is inviting your friends and family members to do the same.