Equal Parenting

It’s important to recognize that having both parents involved is what’s best for the children

The fight for equal parenting time is going on across the States, and it’s amazing to see it gaining support from more and more officials, as well as the legal community.

Of course with stories like the one we found in a Lowell Sun article, about a fitting father struggling through a lengthy child custody case,  how could you say things are fine the way they are?

Joshua Brand has spent seven years fighting in Middlesex and Cambridge courts to spend more time with his 8-year-old son, Tyler. The Lowell man, a Lawrence Public Schools teacher, said he was given partial custody of his son in a 2006 divorce decree that originally allowed him to see the boy three hours a week.

In the years since, Brand has been back to court a dozen times, spending thousands of dollars to negotiate the current agreement that allows him to see his son every Thursday, every other weekend and every other Monday.

“I’ve been a teacher for 15 years and am trusted with thousands of students, but … I can’t spend time with my own kid, I can only be a part-time parent,” Brand said.

While in real-life circumstances make a precise 50/50 child custody split unlikely, the whole idea is to do what’s best for the child, and that’s almost always for both parents to stay in the picture as equally as possible. Let’s keep working towards that goal.