CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For the second year in a row, the West Virginia House of Delegates has passed legislation making 50/50 child custody arrangements the standard.
Passed Monday, House Bill 2363, the “Best Interests of the Child Protection Act,” says courts should assume that shared legal and physical custody, including equal time spent with both parents, is best for the child, unless other conditions like abuse are met.
Currently, the standard is based on who performs the most caretaking, such as feeding and clothing, with a child spending at least 35% of their time with the other parent.
HB 2363 would also permit parents to reopen their cases and attempt to gain 50/50 custody.
Del. Geoff Foster, R-Putnam, lead sponsor of the bill, said parents want to spend time with their kids, and the court system is getting in the way. A child of a 50/50 divorce, Foster said he believes these types of arrangements are in the best interest of most children…