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Published March 01, 2013, 11:35 AM

Advocate opposes challenge to parenting measure

GRAFTON, N.D. (AP) — A shared-parenting advocate in Walsh County wants a judge to reject a challenge by North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to an initiative that was approved by county voters last November.

GRAFTON, N.D. (AP) — A shared-parenting advocate in Walsh County wants a judge to reject a challenge by North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to an initiative that was approved by county voters last November.

The measure establishes equal parental and custody rights for divorced or separated parents, as long as neither parent is legally determined to be an unfit parent. Stenehjem argues the county ordinance usurps state authority in divorce and custody cases.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that advocate Mitch Sanderson claims the county initiative does not violate state law, and that the state lacks authority to intervene in the case.

No hearing has been set.

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