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National Parents Organization Notes Child-Friendly Shared Parenting Legislation Advancing in Midwest States
March 16, 2018
NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION NOTES CHILD-FRIENDLY SHARED PARENTING LEGISLATION ADVANCING IN MIDWEST STATES
Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Michigan Among Midwestern States with Bills
Amid this week’s news that shared parenting legislation passed the Iowa Senate, hit the Missouri House calendar, became law in Kentucky last year, and is also advancing in Kansas and Michigan, National Parents Organization applauds lawmakers in many Midwestern states.
“Thank you to the politicians that are acting on the overwhelming child development research showing children do best with shared parenting when their parents divorce or separate,” said Ned Holstein, MD, Founder and Chair of National Parents Organization. “These states will see improved children’s educational achievements, decreased use of drugs, a greater sense of childhood security, increased child support payments, and improved overall health and adjustment without any cost to the taxpayer – all by passing shared parenting into law.”
This latest legislative action is part of a nationwide trend. As The Washington Post reported, within the past year 25 states have considered legislation supportive of shared parenting – a child custody arrangement in which a child spends as close to equal time as possible with each parent.
Fatherlessness: A Common Factor in Mass Shootings
February 26, 2018
Fatherlessness: A Common Factor in Mass Shootings
Nationwide Shared Parenting Reform Works to Help Combat Crisis
In the wake of the Parkland mass shooting tragedy, it’s largely unmentioned that the Florida shooter grew up fatherless, like many of the other young men behind recent mass shootings. This has usually been due to divorce, separation or single-parenting-by-choice.
“This observation leads to a likely remedy for this alarming problem. Child development research shows that children who have shared parenting that includes fathers in their lives, instead of single parenting, have much lower rates of behavioral disorders, delinquency and lawbreaking,” said Ned Holstein, MD, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization.
As CNN reports in its list of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, nearly a third of these shootings have been carried out by men under 30 years of age – and a strong majority of these individuals did not have a biological father present during childhood.
“As usual, the national dialogue is again turning into a heated and stalemated debate over the limits of the Second Amendment vs. the culpability of disturbed individuals. While this is an important conversation, it has caused deadlock for decades,” Dr. Holstein said. “Implementing shared parenting instead of single parenting in the family courts can be done immediately and without cost. Benefits in education and substance abuse would begin immediately, and hopefully, a drop in mass shootings within a few years. As a society, we can no longer ignore this important factor that goes to the root of this national crisis – and that’s fatherlessness.”
National Parents Organization Calls Attention to Results of 60 Child Development Studies
February 23, 2018
NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION CALLS ATTENTION TO RESULTS OF 60 CHILD DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
Scientific Evidence Overwhelmingly Favors Shared Parenting Over Sole Custody Post-Divorce
The Journal of Child Custody recently published an update on child development research surrounding what’s best for kids when parents divorce or separate. In the update, Linda Nielsen, a Wake Forest University professor of adolescent and educational psychology, analyzed 60 studies spanning multiple decades and numerous countries. She concluded that shared parenting is better for children than single parenting on almost every measure of wellbeing.
“This presents a major opportunity for improving children’s outcomes, given that the vast majority of children whose parents have separated or divorced grow up in the sole custody of one parent and rarely see the other,” said Ned Holstein, MD, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization.
In the study, Nielsen wrote: “As the studies summarized in this article demonstrate, JPC (joint physical custody) is linked to better outcomes than SPC (sole physical custody) for children … ” She continued, “As researchers continue to explore the factors that might explain children’s better outcomes in JPC families, it is clear that shared parenting families are on the rise and that children are benefitting …”
The update was published in January and follows a 2014 analysis in which Nielsen analyzed 40 studies and also concluded shared parenting was in the best interest of children.
Dr. Holstein said: “It convincingly shows that shared parenting equals the best interest of the child for most children. With the scientific evidence now overwhelmingly showing children desperately need and want both parents after divorce or separation, our family courts must abandon their archaic practice of ordering sole custody.”
National Parents Organization of Michigan Hosts Family Court & Child Custody Community Forum
February 22, 2018
NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION OF MICHIGAN HOSTS FAMILY COURT & CHILD CUSTODY COMMUNITY FORUM
Michigan Family Courts Create 13,000 Single-Parent Households Each Year
As The Washington Post recently reported, Michigan is one of 25 states considering legislation that seeks to move shared parenting from the exception to the norm following divorce and separation. In light of the state’s bill, National Parents Organization of Michigan invites the media and public to attend a meeting on the family court reform trend.
The details on the event:
· 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Thursday, March 8, The Farmington Community Library Auditorium, 32737 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334: “Family Court & Child Custody Community Forum” – National Parents Organization of Michigan hosts an informational meeting on shared parenting with Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, sponsor of the proposed reform, House Bill 4691. Rep Runestad invites the public to attend and share opinions on the topic.
National Parents Organization stresses that the proposed legislation will make it much easier for loving parents to win “shared parenting,” a flexible arrangement in which children spend as close to equal time as possible with each parent after divorce or separation. HB 4691, which carries the title of Michigan Shared Custody Act, gained momentum when it approved by the Michigan House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee last year. Additionally, in the fall, a poll conducted by Marketing Resource Group revealed 84 percent of Michigan voters support children receiving equal time with both parents after a divorce.
Statement: National Parents Organization Reacts to Washington Post Editorial
January 19, 2018
NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION REACTS TO WASHINGTON POST EDITORIAL
Shared Parenting Bills Support Judicial Discretion
Following the Washington Post’s editorial on shared parenting in Maryland, Ned Holstein, MD, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization, issues the following statement:
“We applaud the Washington Post editorial board’s recognition that 'There are clear benefits to shared parenting' and appreciate their efforts to highlight the importance of this issue for millions of children. On the other hand, we must disagree with two of its assertions. The editorial states that shared parenting legislation removes judicial discretion and creates a “one-size-fits-all” child custody law. This overlooks the fact that all reputable shared parenting bills around the country preserve judicial discretion and acknowledge that shared parenting is inappropriate unless both parents are fit and there has been no domestic violence. The editorial is also concerned that shared parenting legislation displaces the longstanding 'best interest of the child' standard in family law. This cannot be true, given the overwhelming research evidence that shared parenting is precisely the arrangement that is best for most children.”