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Supporters react to shared parenting bill

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The 2014 legislative session has officially come to an end.

Of the many bills Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law -- shared parenting was one of them -- taking a step toward more equal parenting rights.

Supporter of the bill, Grant Houwman, said it has been a long battle to get parents on more equal footing.

He added the bill isn't perfect, and they still have a ways to go, but it is a step in the right direction.

Houwman has been fighting for this bill for years now.

Different aspects of shared parenting has changed -- but one is what the judge tells you.

The previous law gave the non-custodial parent four nights a month.

And if they fought for more the judge could turn them down and not give them a reason.

But now, if a judge says no to more time with the children, they will have to explain why the parent was not given more nights.

Overall, they will still fight for more equal time for fit parents. But he's glad it got this far.

"Hopefully, this is the start of good things to come. And there's going to be some tweaking to this bill and I do thank Tom Barnett for taking the time to work with us and hopefully we can continue to make changes to better our state and most importantly our kids," said Houwman.

Houwman said he has received a lot of appreciation for the work he and his group has done.

He said his situation is much better now than it was before and he is happy to help people in tough situations.

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