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Lars brings on Jim Clark, with the National Parents Organization to discuss how parenting agreements after divorce should be handled. Clark explains to Lars about how a 50/50 shared custody agreement with the children can reduce the number of issues the kids may face in the future given that the agreement isn’t followed properly. Listen to the whole show on the Lars Larson Show website

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February 9, 2020 by Will Mitchell/ Special to Gannett Kansas

Last week Kansas joined a growing list of states supporting shared parenting when the Senate passed SB 157 by an overwhelming margin of 39 to 1.

Statewide polling last year showed Kansans supported the pending change by an amazing factor of 40 to 1. These results were verified last week at the Capitol with widespread support among men and women, Republicans and Democrats and across every age and racial group. SB 157 would create a presumption favoring shared parenting time for temporary child custody orders if both parents are considered capable.

This bill now passes to the House of Representatives with tremendous momentum, joining a rapidly growing national trend.

Senator Vic Miller, a former municipal court judge, said he supports equal rights for moms and dads, adding, “In those cases where they are hotly contested, one party wins a lot just by being the first one to the courthouse.” He went on to say he was voting for the bill.

Sen. Eric Rucker, an attorney, also voted for the bill. “Proponents expressed to us a tendency that once judges of this state issue temporary orders along these lines they did not have an equal chance to modify or change the order once it ultimately became permanent.”

Assuming the bill’s likely passage in the House, Kansas is expected to join neighboring Missouri, also poised to pass shared parenting soon.

Read the rest at the Topeka Capital Journal

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MIAMI, Jan. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- National Parents Organization (NPO) is honored to be a sponsor of From Fatherless to Fatherhood hosted by The Fatherless Generation Foundation Inc. & Dr. Torri J. in partnership with All Pro Dad. This live event will be Saturday, Feb. 1, in Miami at the Super Bowl LIV Miami Experience.

NPO executive director Ginger Gentile will be on a panel with All-Pro NFL wide receiver Julio Jones, former NFL star Roddy White, advocate Mark Merrill and Dr. Torri J discussing the impact of children growing up in fatherless homes, and solutions. Topics include:

-Struggling with how to be a father because you did not have one?
-Challenged by how to maintain proper relationships because you did not see one demonstrated in your household growing up? 
Covering up childhood wounds with success?
-Struggling on how to raise your children in the absence of their father?

NPO is proud to support an event aimed at preventing fatherlessness for children. The organization currently works to effect legislative reform promoting shared parenting outcomes and maintaining healthy relationships for children with both parents whenever possible.

Read the rest on Yahoo Finance.

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January 19, 2020 By Jim Clark / For The Herald

Nationwide, the $50 billion dollar divorce industry is 25 times larger than the wedding industry with the average divorce costing $20,000 dollars. It is far less expensive to marry than to divorce.

According to the Washington state Department of Health, there are approximately 25,000 divorces each year statewide with approximately half of those divorces affecting 22,000 children. The most contentious and expensive divorces center on issues regarding child custody and child support, stemming from the sacred parent-child bond and multitude of constitutional rights implicated.

Current research by Linda Nielsen, a professor of adolescent and educational psychology at Wake Forest University, indicates that children who live with each parent at least 35 percent of the time in a shared-parenting joint custody plan had better outcomes than children in sole physical custody families. Children raised substantially by both parents have better academic achievement, emotional health and relationships with family while having less behavioral problems and fewer physical health and stress-related illnesses.

Read the rest at The Herald

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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.

Read the rest at WNCT

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