Cover divorce practices

Question: Has anyone looked into the situation of Washington divorce practices - specifically with regards to the impacts it has on the parenting and fathers in the lives of their kids? As time goes on in my life I meet more and more fathers who are not allowed to be parents because of our court system. -- Kymberly Larson, Spokane

Answer: We havenít examined divorce rates, parental custody or other related issues for some time. Perhaps itís time to revisit the issues. We did write a story in Fridayís paper about an effort among a group of churches to better support married couples and couples about to marry in order to reduce the divorce rate in Washington state. In the spring, the newspaper plans to look at child abuse and domestic violence issues in our region, which seems to be a more pressing problem at this time. -- Carla Savalli, city editor

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