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The Washington Post Showcases Nationwide Shared Parenting Movement
December 14, 2017
THE WASHINGTON POST SHOWCASES NATIONWIDE SHARED PARENTING MOVEMENT
Article Highlights National Parents Organization’s ‘Legislative Gains’
National Parents Organization thanks The Washington Post for shining a light on efforts to move shared parenting from the exception to the norm following divorce and separation, and encourages lawmakers throughout the nation to support the trend.
The Post’s Dec. 12 front page article, headlined “More than 20 states in 2017 considered laws to promote shared custody of children after divorce,” revealed about half our nation’s state legislatures this year have considered bills supportive of shared parenting, rather than the sole custody status quo. The Post included a map showing the 25 states that have considered proposals. A handful of states already have laws supportive of shared parenting.
“Many of the legislative gains recently have been propelled by the National Parents Organization, a group with roots in the fathers’ rights movement but now a broadened focus on children’s rights and parental equality,” the article said.
Shared Parenting Offers Solution to 'Horrific' Parental Alienation Crisis
December 4, 2017
SHARED PARENTING OFFERS SOLUTION TO ‘HORRIFIC’ PARENTAL ALIENATION CRISIS
State Legislative Committee, Psychologist Examine the Impact
HARRISBURG, PA – Following the Pennsylvania Bipartisan House Children and Youth Committee hearing on parental alienation’s devastating impact, National Parents Organization urges state lawmakers to back family court reform supportive of shared parenting after divorce or separation.
During the hearing, Dr. Craig Childress, a licensed psychologist from California specializing in children and families, educated the committee on parental alienation – when one parent essentially erases the other parent from the child’s life, he explained, by turning the child against that parent.
“It is a horrific, intense conflict that moves through the child and destroys the family,” Dr. Childress said, adding that it is tantamount to child abuse. “And no one is doing anything about it.”
In turn, National Parents Organization recommends action: pass legislation that encourages family court judges to order shared parenting – where each parent spends as close to equal time as possible with the child when parents are fit.
“It is difficult for anyone to turn a child against a fit and loving parent who plays an active role in a child’s life, which means shared parenting can prevent vindictive parents from succeeding in their attempts to alienate a child from the other parent,” said Stephen Meehan, Chair of National Parents Organization of Pennsylvania. “However, far too often, the courts order sole custody to one parent after a bitter, winner-take-all custody battle. Because the non-custodial parent often has so little time with the child, the winning parent is empowered to poison the child’s mind against the ‘absent’ parent, creating heartbreak for child and parent.”
Massachusetts Criminal Justice Bill Fails to Address the Root of the Problem
November 27, 2017
MASSACHUSETTS CRIMINAL JUSTICE BILL FAILS TO ADDRESS ROOT OF THE PROBLEM
National Parents Organization Asks Lawmakers to Consider Shared Parenting Post-Divorce
While National Parents Organization commends Massachusetts legislators for prioritizing crime prevention, the organization’s leaders believe the current criminal justice bill fails to include a key solution: shared parenting, versus sole custody, post-divorce.
To understand this simple solution, first examine a fact: 85 percent of prisoners were raised in single-parent households without fathers.
“There is abundant evidence supporting the idea that fatherlessness is a potent cause of crime,” said Ned Holstein, MD, Founder and Chair of Boston-based National Parents Organization. “Denzel Washington is just the latest in the parade of people who know and understand this.”
Dr. Holstein continued: “This should provoke optimism, since a simple solution is available – reform our family courts to encourage shared parenting, as opposed to the alarming family court status quo, where sole custody outcomes prevail more than 80 percent of the time. Allow fit fathers to be involved in their children’s lives, and the children will grow up in healthier ways. We have ignored this simple remedy for years, one that is without cost to taxpayers.”
Shared Parenting Among Separated/Divorced Families: A Key to Crime Prevention
November 8, 2017
SHARED PARENTING AMONG SEPARATED/DIVORCED FAMILIES: A KEY TO CRIME PREVENTION
National Parents Organization Emphasizes Child Custody Statistics
National Parents Organization encourages our leaders to examine implications of the fact that 85 percent of prisoners were raised in single-parent households without fathers.
“There is abundant evidence supporting the idea that fatherlessness is a potent cause of crime,” said Ned Holstein, MD, Founder and Chair of National Parents Organization. “This should provoke optimism, since a simple solution is available – reform our family courts to encourage shared parenting, as opposed to the alarming family court status quo, where sole custody outcomes prevail more than 80 percent of the time. Allow fit fathers to be involved in their children’s lives, and the children will grow up in healthier ways. We have ignored this simple remedy for years.”
For instance, over 10 years ago, Boston College researcher Rebekah Coley studied low income, inner city minority teens from single parent homes in three cities and concluded, “First, the results found that higher [non-custodial] father involvement prospectively predicted a relative decrease over time in adolescent delinquency.” [Bracketed words added.] Many more recent studies have found the same thing.
National Parents Organization Seeks Changes to Ohio Child Support Bill
November 6, 2017
NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION SEEKS CHANGES TO OHIO CHILD SUPPORT BILL
Bill Should Support Shared Parenting, Best Interests of Children
While Ohio’s child support bill proposes some long-overdue reform, National Parents Organization opposes the legislation and seeks changes that better align with what research overwhelmingly shows is best for children.
National Parents Organization’s primary concern with SB 125 is that it doesn’t support shared parenting, where both parents are fully engaged in the day-to-day, hands-on raising of children after divorce or separation.
“Because more than 30 years of research have shown that this is usually the best arrangement for children, it should be the default outcome when parents separate. But SB 125 does nothing to encourage this sort of equal co-parenting. Instead, it creates contrary incentives and treats parents who are sharing in the raising of their children unfairly,” said Don Hubin, Ph.D., Chair of National Parents Organization of Ohio.
Specifically, National Parents Organization concludes that the bill’s provision of a “standard parenting time adjustment” to provide for the children when they are with the child support obligor—which is often 25% - 35% of the time—is based on a flawed methodology and a mathematical error, resulting in children routinely under-supported in one of their homes.