State Rep. La Shawn Ford, D-Chicago, is the lead sponsor of a bill that would create a “rebuttable presumption” in Illinois family law cases that both parties should be given equal parenting time with any children. That would be a sharp departure from the current legal standard in Illinois, which allows judges wide discretion to assign custody and parenting time in a way that reflects the “best interests of the child.”
A similar bill sparked immense controversy in 2018 when it was first submitted for consideration but failed to make it through the House process. State Rep. Ann Williams, D-Chicago, who chairs the subcommittee handling the bill, opened the Valentine’s Day hearing by recalling the intense debate last year when, she said, supporters of the measure, “engaged in inappropriate and unprofessional behavior,” including bullying, threats and harassment of those who opposed it.
“This is a very contentious bill, and it deserves to have a real discussion,” Ford said.
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