March 1, 2019


A new survey of Kansans reveals overwhelming support for shared parenting, family court reform, and equal parenting rights among couples that are separated and divorced.

In this poll, Kansan residents reveal the following beliefs shared and equal parenting and legislation (Senate Bill 157) that impacts couples with children that are going through or who have experienced separation or divorce:

·    80% of respondents “support a recently proposed Kansas law that encourages courts to give fit parents equal parenting time after divorce” (only 2% “oppose”)

·    83% “think that separating parents should have equal parenting rights”

·    89% “feel that fit and willing mothers and fathers should share in the responsibility of raising and providing for children whether they are married or divorced, or not”

·    87% “believe it is in the best interests of the child to have as much time as possible with both fit parents in instances of divorce” (only 3% “do not believe it is in the best interests of the child”)

·    Only 53% “feel that the family courts currently treat parents equally in instances of divorce or some”

·    87% “feel the children of the right to spend equal time or near equal time with both of their parents following a divorce or separation”

“Children deserve consistent love and care from both parents, but all too often our judicial system does not treat fathers fairly in custody decisions,” said Senate President Susan Wagle in support of Senate Bill 157. “Senate Bill 157 encourages a much-needed shared parenting arrangement, allowing children to benefit fully from having an involved mother and father in their life.”

For a copy of the complete survey, or to speak with someone from the Kansas Chapter of the National Parents Organization, please contact Terese Kelly at 201-843-5600, Ext. 206 or email [email protected].

Survey of 532 Kansans conducted by Researchscape International. The results were weighted by age, gender, ethnicity, educational attainment, and voting participation to produce a representative sample with a credibility interval of +/- 6%.

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