On July 12, the Deseret News ran a story on noncustodial mothers isolated from their children. Although we hope that problems such as these do not occur, my experience with noncustodial parents' groups indicates that far too often they do, to both mothers and fathers. In divorces, our family courts routinely hand over children to one parent; this only makes it more likely that differences between parents will become issues of access between the children and the noncustodial parent.

We increasingly hear that children do best when both parents are involved in their lives, yet the only new policies we see are for stronger enforcement of child-support orders. Parents who are given a limited role and little time with their children are only discouraged and perhaps even effectively prevented from remaining a part of their children's lives.Jim Valentine

Bountiful