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Alex Anderson, of Minot, testifies in favor of House Bill 1392, dealing with shared parenting earlier this month. Anderson described his battle to get custody of his 4-year-old daughter in emotional testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in the state Capitol. Seated at left is Andy Doll, of West Fargo, who also testified in favor of the bill that, if passed, would allow for a presumption of equal parenting time.

A bill making changes to state statute relating to shared parenting passed the North Dakota Senate on Wednesday.

House Bill 1392 was approved by a 28-19 vote in an amended form that will require concurrence from the House or be placed into conference committee.

The bill included amendments by the Senate adding language for the term “shared parenting time and residential responsibility.” This would define it as providing each parent with as close as 50 percent of the time as possible for each based on individual circumstances but not less than 35 percent. It replaced similar language for a definition for equal parenting.

It also requires that, if a parent requests shared parenting from a judge, that the court "articulate in its decision the rationale for either awarding or denying the request."

This bill does not make "shared parenting" the presumed custody split, as was included in the version of the bill passed by the House.

HB1392 also contains language allowing for the option of conducting an interim study on shared parenting issues.

(Reach Nick Smith at 701-250-8255 or 701-223-8482 or at nick.smith@bismarcktribune.com.)

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