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Published August 29, 2012, 11:13 AM

Walsh County to vote on shared-parenting measure

GRAFTON, N.D. (AP) — Voters in Walsh County will decide in November whether to change child custody laws.

GRAFTON, N.D. (AP) — Voters in Walsh County will decide in November whether to change child custody laws.

The ballot measure would establish equal parental rights for divorced or separated parents, as long as neither parent was legally determined to be an unfit parent.

The initiated measure is spearheaded by Mitch Sanderson of Park River. The former Grand Forks resident was the main promoter of a similar statewide ballot measure that voters rejected in 2006.

Walsh County Auditor Sharon Kinsala tells the Grand Forks Herald that petitions submitted by Sanderson have enough valid signatures to qualify for the county ballot.

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