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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
MEDIA ALERT
April 19, 2017

MEDIA INVITATION
National Parents Organization cordially invites the media to attend the International Conference on Shared Parenting 2017


WHO: National Parents Organization and the European-based International Council on Shared Parenting serve as hosts.

WHAT: The most renowned scholars in the world on post-divorce parenting arrangements will converge in Boston to present research results on how shared parenting after divorce or separation affects children. This could be a watershed moment, in which longstanding practices affecting millions of children could be questioned. The Conference Theme: “Shared Parenting Research: A Watershed in Understanding Children’s Best Interest?”

WHEN: May 29-30, 2017

WHERE: Westin Copley Place Hotel in downtown Boston, 10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 02116.

WHY: Separated and divorced families have a serious impact on the welfare of children. “Millions of children have been assumed to do best in a sole custody arrangement. But this tradition was established by attorneys and judges with no training in child development and without empirical research,” said Dr. Ned Holstein, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization.

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE
April 11, 2017

Kentucky Governor Signs Shared Parenting Law
Legislature Unanimously Approves New Law 


FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY – Kentucky Governor Bevin signed a family court reform bill into law on Monday, April 10, bringing Kentucky a step closer to making shared parenting in instances of divorce the norm in the state. 

The bill, House Bill 492, received unanimous support in both the House (voted 97-0) and Senate (38-0), signaling a long overdue change in our family court's approach to awarding custody in instances of divorce. The new law is also supported by an overwhelming amount of research showing it is in a child's best interest to have as close to equal time with both parents in instances of divorce, particularly early on in the process. 

“Children are now more likely to see both parents regularly after a divorce, which is a huge win for the children of Kentucky considering research consistently shows shared parenting is in the best interest of children when their parents divorce,” said Matt Hale, Chair of National Parents Organization of Kentucky. “Plus, parents are no longer in the high-conflict winner win all and loser lose all situation.”

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE
April 10, 2017

NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION COMMENDS LAWMAKERS FOR MOVING SHARED PARENTING FORWARD IN STATES INCLUDING NORTH DAKOTA, MISSOURI
BILLS UNDER CONSIDERATION IN 25 STATES

Lawmakers across the country have the opportunity to advance children’s educational achievements, decrease their use of drugs, and improve their overall health and social adjustment without any cost to the taxpayer. All this can be accomplished by simply following the North Dakota Senate’s lead and passing shared parenting into law.

North Dakota’s Senate passed a bill last week that supports shared parenting and defines it as providing each parent with as close as 50 percent of the time as possible based on individual circumstances. The statute requires that, if a parent asks for shared parenting, the court must articulate in its decision the rationale for either awarding or denying the request. The bill now heads to the state’s House of Representatives.

Bills in 24 additional states embrace parental equality if both parents are fit and there has been no domestic violence. Shared parenting legislation has been introduced in Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine,Maryland,  Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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National Parents Organization
PRESS RELEASE
March 27, 2017


NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION TO CO-HOST LANDMARK
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CHILD CUSTODY
International Researchers to Focus on “Best Interest of the Child” Following Divorce

BOSTON – Rarely does a scientific conference raise the possibility of dramatically changing the lives of tens of millions of families. National Parents Organization is honored to announce it will co-host a landmark event this spring: for the first time in many years, the most renowned child development experts in the world on post-divorce parenting arrangements will converge in Boston to present research results on how shared parenting after divorce or separation affects children. This event – the International Conference on Shared Parenting 2017 – will be co-hosted by the European-based International Council on Shared Parenting, and will be held at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, on May 29-30, 2017.

With the current intense interest in the devastating effects of family fragmentation affecting about one-third of all children, this timely Conference offers a faculty who are widely considered to include almost all of the leading scholars in the world on the subject of optimal post-divorce parenting arrangements. This group of eminent scholars may never before, and perhaps may never again, be brought together from all parts of the developed world in the same conference.

“Millions of children have been assumed to do best after parental divorce or separation in a sole custody arrangement, usually with the mother. But this tradition was established by attorneys and judges with no training in child development, and never established by empirical research,” said Dr. Ned Holstein, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization. “The Conference will review 40 years of careful research by social scientists to examine whether children actually do better with a shared parenting arrangement in which the child spends ample time with each parent. With this accumulation of research, the Conference theme raises the timely question ‘Shared Parenting Research: A Watershed in Understanding Children’s Best Interest?’ said Dr. Holstein.

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE
March 21, 2017


NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION URGES LAWMAKERS TO MOVE
SHARED PARENTING FORWARD
BILLS UNDER CONSIDERATION IN 25 STATES


Lawmakers across the country have the opportunity to improve children’s educational achievements, decrease their use of drugs, and improve their overall health and social adjustment without any cost to the taxpayer. All this can be done simply: by passing shared parenting into law. With these benefits to hundreds of thousands of children in mind, National Parents Organization urges legislators in states with active shared parenting bills – this encompasses half of the states in the U.S. – to move the reform forward. These states include:


·         Alabama

·         Arizona

·         Connecticut

·         Indiana

·         Iowa

·         Kentucky

·         Maine

·         Maryland

·         Massachusetts

·         Michigan

·         Mississippi

·         Missouri

·         Montana

·         New Hampshire

·         New York

·         North Dakota

·         Oregon

·         South Carolina

·         South Dakota

·         Texas

·         Vermont

·         Washington

·         West Virginia

·         Wisconsin

·         Wyoming

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