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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE

February 21, 2017

NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION URGES MISSOURI LAWMAKERS TO MOVE SHARED PARENTING FORWARD
BILL HEADS TO HOUSE AND SENATE COMMITTEES

Missouri lawmakers have the opportunity to improve children’s educational achievements, decrease their use of drugs, and improve their overall health and adjustment without any cost to the taxpayer by passing SB 377 and HB 724 into law. With these benefits to hundreds of thousands of Missouri children in mind, National Parents Organization urges legislators to immediately schedule hearings for the proposal with the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee.

The legislation embraces parental equality and shared parenting – a flexible arrangement where children spend as close to equal time as possible with each parent after divorce or separation. Last year, Missouri passed a bill supportive of shared parenting, and this year’s bill builds on the new law by proposing a rebuttable presumption that child custody arrangements awarding equal parenting time are in the best interest of the child, with exceptions if a parent is unfit or there has been domestic violence.

 “While the law enacted last year was a good start, passage of the new bill would go further in helping to ensure that children receive the consistent love and care of not one, but both parents after separation or divorce,” said Linda Reutzel, a Missouri grandmother and chair of National Parents Organization of Missouri. “We can’t afford to allow our broken family court system to continue with the sole custody status quo – our children can’t be deprived of either parent any longer. Thank you to Rep. Kathy Swan and Sen. Wayne Wallingford for recognizing this pressing need by sponsoring this crucial legislation.”

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE

February 10, 2017

NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION URGES WASHINGTON STATE LAWMAKERS TO MOVE SHARED PARENTING FORWARD
FEB. 17 COMMITTEE HEARING DEADLINE LOOMS

Olympia, Washington – With the deadline to schedule Washington State legislative committee hearings landing on Friday, Feb. 17, National Parents Organization urges state lawmakers to prioritize the best interests of children and schedule a House Judiciary Committee hearing on a proposal seeking to move shared parenting after divorce from the exception to the norm.

The bill, HB1554, embraces parental equality and shared parenting – a flexible arrangement where children spend as close to equal time as possible with each parent after divorce or separation.

 “This bill is vitally important to thousands of families in Washington State, and with that in mind, we urge House Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Laurie Jinkins to waste no time in scheduling a committee hearing on the bill,” said Branden Durst, Chair of National Parents Organization of Washington. “The statistics – especially as it relates to our African American families – tell a devastating tale of how children and fathers are impacted when dads are unnecessarily pushed out of children’s lives. Every child in our state deserves the love and support of not just one, but both, of their parents – and we can’t afford to deprive them of that any longer.”

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National Parents Organization

Press Release

Feb. 2, 2017

                                                         NEW FLORIDA ALIMONY BILL HEADS TO COMMITTEE

                                         National Parents Organization Supports ‘Balanced Compromise’ Proposal

National Parents Organization supports Florida’s recently introduced alimony legislation and encourages lawmakers to act in the best interest of families and swiftly move the proposal into law.

The active Florida alimony proposal – filed as Senate Bill 412 and House Bill 283 - is similar to bills in past years in that it essentially eliminates permanent alimony. However, unlike the alimony and shared parenting bill vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott last year, the bill focuses solely on the alimony issue.

“The concept of permanent alimony is outdated in today’s society – alimony recipients must take some responsibility to earn a living after divorce in this day and age,” said Alan Frisher, Chair of National Parents Organization of Florida. “This welcome change would provide predictability and consistency for all, plus, divorcing spouses could settle their financial differences out of court versus spending countless dollars on wasteful litigation.”

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE

NOVEMBER IS MILITARY FAMILY APPRECIATION MONTH
CHILD CUSTODY REFORM HELPS SHOW APPRECIATION

November 18, 2016

During Military Family Appreciation Month, National Parents Organization joins the rest of the nation to express gratitude to our military families for their service and sacrifice. While deployment is certainly challenging enough on its own, that stress can increase drastically when military parents are also dealing with child custody battles following a divorce or separation. National Parents Organization believes an additional way to provide support and appreciation for military families is not to make child custody decisions while a parent is deployed.

“The child development research is now crystal clear that children do best when their loving bonds with each parent are protected after parents separate or divorce,” says Ned Holstein, MD, founder of National Parents Organization. “Unfortunately, some active duty service members have found that the custody of their children has been changed in important ways while they were serving their country overseas and unable to be present in family court. Sometimes when they return from overseas duty, they cannot even find their children.”

To ensure child custody decisions are not made while one parent is deployed, National Parents Organization supports laws passed in states such as Michigan, California, and Nevada that provide protections for military parents. National Parents Organization believes these laws have set a good example of how things should be, and encourages more states to follow in this example to help ensure greater peace of mind for military families.

The recent law change in Michigan is a step in the right direction – it is good for children, who will be enabled to resume their loving relations with a parent who returns from overseas military duty, and any need for a change in the parenting time arrangements can be considered then, with both parties present,” Dr. Holstein said.

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION

PRESS RELEASE: Source alert

MEDIA SOURCE: BEST INTEREST OF JOLIE-PITT CHILDREN
November 5, 2016

Amid news of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s divorce and child custody battle, child custody expert Dr. Ned Holstein, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization, is available to serve as a media source on the best interests of the children.

Dr. Holstein has previously shared his expertise on the ways in which shared parenting is best for children when parents divorce with media including:

·       TIME, “This Divorce Arrangement Stresses Kids Out Most”

·       USA Today, “Report: States Fail on Shared Parenting Laws”

·       New York Daily News, “How to Tell Your Kids You’re Getting Divorced”

·       PBS (WGBH Boston), “Family Court System Under Scrutiny”

·       Huffington Post, “Involving Dads in Lives of Children Born out of Wedlock”

·       NPR (KCUR Kansas City), “The Challenges and Benefits of Co-Parenting”

·       Baltimore Sun, “Joint Custody Should be the Rule, Not the Exception”

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