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December 9, 2019 by Katie Augustine -WNCT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) The National Parents Organization (NPO) recently released its report card for the nation on how each state is performing with shared parenting after divorce.

The NPO held a conference in New York City to reveal the results of the report card.

North Carolina received a ‘D-‘ rating on the report card meaning the state, according to local divorce attorney Ashley-Nicole Russell, is not doing a lot to support shared parenting.

Russell was brought in as an expert to speak at the NPO conference at the Lincoln Center in New York City in September.

She practices collaborative law in Eastern North Carolina.

This method is an alternative to the traditional litigation model and gives families a chance to be communicative and transition out of marriage in a more civil way.

It allows parents and couples to settle outside of court.

To put the ‘D-‘ into perspective, Russell explains that Kentucky is one of the only states with an ‘A’ because of new legislation in the state that sets the default custody arrangement at 50/50.

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