User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

78° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options



Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started. | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news


Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


Mother Supports Shared Parenting

February 6, 2014, 5:42 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Mother Supports Shared Parenting

Shared parenting legislation has received a lot of support in the South Dakota Capitol this week. The bill passed the Senate unanimously yesterday.

The shared parenting legislation sets forth standards for judges to consider during custody disputes. If parents meet those standards the court can award an even split in custody.

Many of the people behind the push are dads without primary custody under South Dakota's current system but some mothers are also glad the legislation is moving forward.

"They don't allow me to see them at all. It's all under his control. I don't have anything right now," Jamie Metcalfe said.

Jamie Metcalfe takes care of her teenage daughter from a previous relationship but yet has been denied custody of her three-year-old son Thomas and two-year-old girl Ferrah following her divorce in her most recent marriage.

"It doesn't just affect fathers it affects the mothers too. The courts just decide by money and who has the better lawyer who gets the children," Metcalfe said.

Right now South Dakota courts award primary custody to one parent and non-custodial status to the other parent instead of having the option to award shared parenting.

"They're using children as pawns to hurt the other party and it's not fair to the children or to the other parent who really loves them," Metcalfe said.

That's why Metcalfe is in support of the shared parenting legislation that hasn't run into any opposition yet in the state capitol this year.

"If there is a serious reason not to have a parent in a child's life then by all means protect the child, I understand, but when parents want to be parents to their kids they should be allowed to," Metcalfe said.

And it’s why Metcalfe believe mothers will also benefit from the changes being proposed in Pierre.

The shared parenting legislation now moves on to the House of Representatives.

Legislative History

February 4 - PASSED Senate Judiciary Committee 7-0

February 5 - PASSED Senate 35-0

Previous Story

Next Story


Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View politics

You may also like

Bosworth's Campaign Says She Raised $772K In 1Q

4/16/2014 7:48 PM

The campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Annette Bosworth says she raised slightly more than $772,000 during the first three months of 20...

Full Story
Minnesota Governor To Sign Minimum Wage Bill

4/14/2014 4:19 AM

Gov. Mark Dayton is capping a push to raise Minnesota's minimum wage with a ceremony to sign the bill doing just that. Dayton planned to turn t...

Full Story
Rep. Noem Headed To Asia

4/18/2014 4:37 AM

Republican Rep. Kristi Noem is headed to Asia with several other members of Congress. She's one of eight Republicans and one Democrat in a grou...

Full Story
SD Lawmaker Withdraws Bosworth Petition Challenge

4/14/2014 2:13 PM

A state representative has withdrawn a court challenge over the validity of signatures submitted by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Annette Boswo...

Full Story
FEC Report: Pressler Raised Less Than $10K

4/15/2014 4:34 PM

Tuesday marks the deadline for South Dakota's U.S. Senate candidates to file their quarterly campaign reports with the Federal Election Commission...

Full Story


KELOLAND TV: 501 S. Phillips Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605.336.1100 · Breaking News call: 1-800-888-5356
Web Site Design and Custom Programming By: Lawrence & Schiller© 2014 KELO-TV -- KELOLAND.COM -- ALL RIGHTS RESERVED