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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION | PRESS RELEASE

October 2, 2018
BACKLOG OF FAMILY COURT CASES LEADS TO UNNECESSARY DELAYS IN RULINGS FOR DIVORCES

Divorce remains the most common type of domestic relations case in state courts, and while the number of new filings stabilized in recent years, a lack of resources and funding can often lead to delays in receiving a ruling.

Due to dwindling resources and turnover among family court judges, hearings can often be pushed backed and create an environment of uncertainty for the thousands of children caught in the middle. National Parents Organization (NPO) believes family court outcomes should be as prompt as possible to assist children in maintaining the important relationships with both the mother and father following a divorce or separation.

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September 28, 2018
PUSH FOR SHARED PARENTING CAN AID IN REDUCING SUICIDE RATES FOR TEENS

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month offers opportunity to reflect on ability to limit negative impact on children dealing with divorce of parents

During Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the National Parents Organization strongly favors policies and programs that protect youth from the effects a parental separation or divorce and are, therefore, at greater risk of suicide attempts.

The Lancet, a weekly peer-reviewed journal, found in a 2003 study that children in single-parent households are more than twice as likely to be at risk of suicide attempts. According to federal statistics, children raised by single parents and without regular and consistent contact with the other loving, fit parent, accounts for 63 percent of teen suicides.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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