For decades, Ontario courts have made determinations in a disproportionate number for full custody going to mothers while fathers were left to see their children only a few days each month. However, advocates across the country are pushing for change in child custody laws and how the courts treat these cases.
Recently, in the U.S., the issues has become contentious. Connecticut created a special task force to study the issue of shared parenting, which provides approximately equal time to each parent to spend with their children. The task force is expected to release a report regarding its findings. Maryland established a similar commission that is expected to release a report by the end of the year. Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma and Wisconsin are presently promoting shared parenting in their legislation. A bill in Florida that would have increased the minimum amount of parenting time from 25 percent to 35 percent was presented but ultimately vetoed by the governor because of issues related to alimony reform also included in the bill.