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The Oldham Era out of Kentucky has an article featuring NPO's own Matt Hale, a driving force behind Kentucky's first in the nation shared parenting law. The article discusses Governor Matt Bevin's decision to name April 26 "Shared Parenting Day" in Kentucky to commemorate Kentucky's shared parenting law. The article also features Alexandra Beckman of NPO of Kentucky. Read the full article here. 

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This article originally ran in the Kentucky Era

In the wake of last year’s legislative approval of a law on shared parenting, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed today Shared Parenting Day.

The proclamation reflects the need for parents to share equally in parenting their children during times of divorce or separation and Kentucky’s role in highlighting the issue.

According to the proclamation, Kentucky became the first true shared parenting state in the nation with the signing of House Bill 528 on April 26, 2018.

That bill was sponsored by Rep. Jason Petrie, who represents House District 16 including Todd, Logan and Warren counties.

He also sponsored a related bill in 2017.

Petrie said the proclamation brings attention to Kentucky’s leadership role in the matter.

“We’re leading the country on this issue,” he said.

The proclamation defines shared parenting as an arrangement where parents who are separated or divorced are given equal decision-making abilities and equal parenting time.

U.S. statistics note that children raised by single parents account for more than half of teen suicides as well as juveniles in state-operated institutions, high school dropouts, children in chemical abuse centers, those in prison, children who exhibit behavioral disorders, and homeless and runaway children, the proclamation said.   

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Thanks to the efforts of NPO's own Matt Hale, member of our Board of Directors and key player in the passage of Kentucky's first in the nation shared parenting day, Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky has declared April 26 "Shared Parenting Day." Read the whole article here.

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The Herald Dispatch in West Virginia published an op-ed by Matt Hale, Member of National Parent's Organization's Board of Directors, asking West Virginia to help the new NPO West Virginia chapter pass shared parenting legislation like their neighbors in Kentucky and Virginia that would give children what they want and need- both of their parents. Read the full op-ed here. 

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Sherman Smith of the Kansan interviewed Will Mitchell, Chair of the Kansas chapter of National Parents Organization, on his team's efforts to pass shared parenting legislation in Kansas and how Kansas' current "winner take all" system is detrimental to children. Read the full article here. 

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Matt Hale, Member of National Parents Organization's Board of Directors and a key person in the passage of the first in the nation Kentucky shared parenting law, asks those in Illinois to support Illinois' own shared parenting bill, HB 185. Read the full article here.

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National Parents Organization Founder Ned Holstein spoke to The Indiana Lawyer about the importance of shared parenting. Check out the article here.

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Matt Hale, Member of the National Board of Directors and member of the Kentucky chapter of NPO and Dr. Ryan Schroeder, Professor of Sociology are interviewed by Spectrum News on Kentucky's first in the nation shared parenting law. Watch the video here. 

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Member of the Board of Directors and Member of the Kentucky chapter of National Parents Organization, Matt Hale, writes in The Daily Independent about the fantastic election successes of Kentucky lawmakers who supported Kentucky's first in the nation shared parenting law. Read the whole article here.

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Spectrum News 1 in Louisville, Kentuck has an article and video on Kentucky's first in the nation shared parenting law as well as the story of Matt Hale and his family, who worked for six years to get this momentous law passed.  From the article:" 'Children their best interest is seeing both parents equally as long as the parents meet a list of 11 factors and those factor include such things as positive mental and physical health proximity to each other and there can be no domestic violence things like that,' Hale said." Read the entire article and watch the video here.

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