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STANDcast Dwayne Hayes, editor in chief of STAND magazine, is joined by guest Christian Paasch, founder of the Virginia chapter of the National Parents Organization, to discuss shared parenting or shared custody, his experience with the courts, and what states are doing to ensure children have more time with each parent following a separation or divorce. In addition, Christian talks about the work of the National Parents Organization and shares some advice for parents going through the process of ending a relationship.

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The building block of a society is the family. When families break down, thereto goes society.

What is the common denominator that links nearly every social ill in this country? President Barack Obama nailed it when he said the single greatest domestic problem facing this country is the breakdown of the family — i.e. fatherlessness. Broken homes are the source of most of society’s ills. “Unstable homes produce unstable children,” writes Peter Hasson at The Federalist. Children need both parents to grow up well-adjusted.

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The National Parents Organization of Pennsylvania on April 4 announced it is organizing a rally on April 25 at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg.

The event is set to happen at a time when Pennsylvania legislators are considering two bills—House Bill 443 and House Bill 1349—aimed at supporting shared parenting after separation or divorce and combatting parental alienation.

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Should House Bill 4113 pass, Illinois will join several states, including Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, South Dakota and Utah, that the National Parents Organization lists as having laws most supportive of shared parenting, while Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts and Missouri are considering similar legislation.

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The National Parents Organization, which advocates for shared parenting, has been a proponent of such legislation around the country, citing studies that show maximizing time with both parents is beneficial to children. Research has established that shared parenting helps children do better in school and on standardized tests and reduces the risks of emotional disorders, substance abuse and depression, said Ned Holstein, founder of the nonprofit group.

“Overwhelming evidence now shows that kids do better with lots of residential time with both parents. It’s very common for parents to get shared legal custody, but that doesn’t help kids do better in all the ways I’ve mentioned. Shared legal custody is basically the right to have a say, but the heart of parenting isn’t just the right to participate in the big decisions, it’s being involved in the multitude of little decisions,” Holstein said.

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Virginia is among the growing list of states considering legislation to enact shared parenting - a flexible arrangement that gives children approximately 35-50 percent of time with each parent – after divorce. The bill is set to hit the Senate floor any day now, and Christian Paasch, founder of the Virginia Chapter of the National Parents Organization, discussed what this could mean for local families.

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Ned Holstein, founder and board chair of the National Parents Organization, joins the show to discuss how many of those who commit murder in mass shootings come from fatherless homes.

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