When parents don't agree about aspects of their parenting arrangement such as who should be looking after their child, the local legal system may get involved. Research has found that it is often in the best interests of the child to avoid going to court when parents disagree. Parents are often encouraged to sort out disputes using alternative dispute resolutions such as family mediation. However, there are some cases where this will not be enough to resolve the disagreement. Find out about the relevant legislation that might be used in these cases.

 
 

Global Comparisons

Many countries have considered or have begun implementing shared parenting legislation.

Hover over the map to find out what the law says in Australia, Belgium, France, New Zealand, Sweden and The USA. Click on a country for more information.  This section will be updated as we gather more information.

 
 

Click here for links to legislation in: California, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Louisiana & Wisconsin