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Matt Hale and Linda Reutzel wrote about the tale of two girls, one in Missouri (where there is no shared parenting law) and one in Kentucky (where the first shared parenting law in the nation was passed) for Divorce Magazine. The stark differences between the experiences of the these two girls shows just why we need shared parenting around the country. Read the full story here. 

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Matt Hancock, Chair of the Kentucky chapter of National Parents Organization, wrote an op-ed for the Courier-Journal of Louisville on the importance of Shared Parenting Day for children. April 26 was declared Shared Parenting Day by Governor Bevin to mark the one year anniversary of Kentucky's first in the nation shared parenting law, which has been overwhelmingly popular. The op-ed also mention's NPO's own Matt Hale, who was the driving force for a day to acknowledge the law. Read the entire article here.

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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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