NPO news RELEASES
Back to school: All parents face the same challenges as the year starts
August 23, 2018
BACK TO SCHOOL: ALL PARENTS FACE THE SAME CHALLENGES AS THE YEAR STARTS
As children across the country go back to school, parents — new and experienced — have to recalibrate their lives to a new daily routine. National Parents Organization supports both parents remaining active in this process regardless of marital status because that is what has been scientifically proven to be best for children.
Many parents face similar challenges with the new school year beginning. However, co-parents often need to put in extra effort to ensure they play a positive role in a child’s educational process.
According to federal statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Census Bureau:
- Children of divorce are twice as likely to drop out of high school
- Children of divorce are four times more likely to have trouble with peers
- Children of divorce are twice as likely to attempt suicide
- Children of divorce tend to be more aggressive toward others
Arizona study highlights positive perception of state's shared parenting law
July 30, 2018
NPO HIGHLIGHTS STUDY’S FINDINGS OF POSITIVE PERCEPTION FOR ARIZONA SHARED PARENTING LAW
A recent study showed that Arizona family law professionals have a positive view of the state’s shared parenting law overall and its impact on children’s best interest — even among those generally found to be the harshest critics of such laws.
Published in the Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, the April 2018 study presents the results of an evaluation conducted of Arizona Revised Statutes 25-403.02 (2013), which directed courts to “maximize” a child’s time with both parents in custody decisions. This study included a statewide survey of the four family law professions (court staff, judges, mental health providers and attorneys) to assess perceptions four years after passage of the legislation.
Kentucky shared parenting law goes into effect
July 14, 2018
KENTUCKY GOVERNOR MATT BEVIN SPEAKS OUT ON 'COMMON SENSE' NEW SHARED PARENTING LAW
Frankfort, Kentucky — National Parents Organization of Kentucky is pleased to partner with Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin to release Bevin's statement on the state's new shared parenting law.
In a written statement, Bevin said of the new law: “HB 528 promotes shared parenting as a starting point following divorce cases. The aim is to reduce unnecessary custody battles while also factoring in clearly defined exceptions. This common sense legislation is another example of how Kentucky is leading the way in the protection and care of our young people.”
Bevin signed the new law April 26, and the law took effect July 14.
Massachusetts House passes shared parenting bill
July 13, 2018
MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE PASSES SHARED PARENTING LEGISLATION
Senate support necessary for children to see law's benefits
BOSTON — National Parents Organization commends the Massachusetts House of Representatives for passing an important child custody bill that not only encourages shared parenting in instances of divorce but also stands to improve the health and well-0being of thousands of children throughout the state.
Eighteen distinguished stakeholders former Gov. Deval Patrick appointed to the Massachusetts Working Group on Child-Centered Family Law, including NPO’s Dr. Ned Holstein and Richard Fucillo, helped draft House Bill 3090, which now goes before the Senate. This legislation specifically takes into account the children's best interest — a phrase specifically used seven times in the text of the bill — and encourages outcomes of shared parental responsibility when possible while completely preserving judicial discretion.
Virginia Makes Family Court Reform History
May 21, 2018
VIRGINIA MAKES FAMILY COURT REFORM HISTORY
Governor Northam Supports Shared Parenting Bill; Ceremonial Signing Expected
RICHMOND, VA. – National Parents Organization is excited to announce another historic event: As of midnight, May 18, 2018, Virginia’s House Bill 1351 became law (effective date July 1, 2018).
This opens the door to a more robust shared parenting law in the future.
Delegate Glenn Davis, R-House District 84, sponsored the bill (HB 1351) and stated, “I am proud to have led the first successful passing of any kind of shared parenting bill in the history of the Commonwealth. This bill represented all Virginian families and children and was supported by both political parties, as well as The Family Foundation and the Family Law Coalition.”
This law is the first step in a longer journey and both the House and Senate unanimously passed it, which is a testament to its bipartisan nature. Importantly, this law leaves in place existing provisions that account for histories of domestic violence or other abuse.