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Originally published August 18, 2019 in the Times Reporter out of Tuscawaras County, Ohio

By Don Hubin, Ph.D.

Viruses, whether of the biological or computer variety, are bad. But “going viral” can be very good, especially when what is going viral is good for children. And, it looks as if the Tuscarawas County Court of Common Pleas is “patient 0″ for a virtuous virus that is, fortunately, spreading to some of its neighboring counties.

Last year, National Parents Organization (NPO) conducted a study of the standard parenting time guidelines that each Ohio domestic relations court is required to establish. We wanted to see which courts were promoting equal shared parenting—a model of separated parenting that decades of scientific research show is usually best for children whose parents are living apart.

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Member of our Board of Directors and Chair of our Ohio chapter Don Hubin details the changes Clermont County made to their parenting time guidelines that warranted changing their grade from a C+ to an A in NPO's Ohio Parenting Time Report. As Don writes, For decades, we have known that the thing that troubles children most about parental separation is the damage to their relationship with one of their parents." and now Clermont County recognizes this as well. Read the entire op-ed here.

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Linda Reutzel writes in the Southeast Missourian of her experiences with family court and how even though Missouri did not pass its shared parenting bill this year, there haves still been successes in the state. Read the full column here

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The Pioneer News has an excellent article on the Chair of our Kentucky affiliate, Matt Hancock. They also spoke to Matt Hale, former Chair and current member of the National Board of Directors on the decision to appoint Hancock the new Chair and the progress NPO has made in Kentucky. Read the full article here. 

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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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