North Dakota Child Custody and Support, Statutory Measure 3 (2006)
If Measure 3 had been approved, it would have added a new section to chapter 14-09 of the North Dakota Century Code which would have provided that, for child custody and support in the event of a divorce, separation, or custody proceeding, each parent would be entitled to joint legal and physical custody unless first declared unfit based on clear and convincing evidence; that parents must develop a joint parenting plan, with a court becoming involved only if parents do not agree on a plan; that child support payments be based on the parenting plan and could not be greater than the actual cost of providing for the basic needs of each child.
Mitchell Sanderson, of Grand Forks, a sponsor of the child custody measure, said the initiative was hurt by "fear-mongering from attorneys who were protecting their Lexus payment and lake home payment." He said he would attempt to work with the Legislature on a new bill. "If that doesn't work, I will come back with another initiative that is plain and clear: joint physical custody unless you're found unfit," he said.
$18,932 was raised by the campaign committee supporting Measure 3.
Carrie McKay, 35, of Bismarck, said she voted against it because it "doesn't seem right" for children.
$30,804 was raised by the campaign committee opposing Measure 3.
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