The North Dakota attorney general has filed a lawsuit challenging a shared-parenting initiative that was approved in November by voters in Walsh County.
The measure establishes equal parental rights for divorced or separated parents, as long as neither parent is legally determined to be an unfit parent.
The campaign was spearheaded by Mitch Sanderson, a Park River man who was the main promoter of a similar statewide ballot measure that voters rejected in 2006.
The Grand Forks Herald reports (http://bit.ly/12FaCTj) that Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem filed a civil suit over the measure as a motion in Sanderson's divorce case.
Stenehjem argues that the county-wide ordinance usurps state law giving state courts and agencies authority in divorce and custody case.