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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION PRESS RELEASE

April 21, 2015

ALERT:THE WALL STREET JOURNAL SHINES LIGHT ON FAMILY COURT REFORM TREND

SHARED PARENTING BILLS OFTEN SEE BAR ASSOCIATION OPPOSITION

BOSTON – National Parents Organization was pleased to work with The Wall Street Journal on its in-depth coverage that reveals a national trend in which nearly 20 state legislatures have introduced shared parenting legislation to reform our family courts and encourage parental equality in instances of divorce or separation.

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION

PRESS RELEASE

March 18, 2015

SINGLE PARENT APPRECIATION DAY REMINDS OF NEED FOR FAMILY COURT REFORM

17 STATE LEGISLATURES CURRENTLY CONSIDERING SHARED PARENTING LAWS

BOSTON – While the calendar calls Saturday, March 21, Single Parent Appreciation Day, National Parents Organization emphasizes that to truly appreciate single parents, we must reform our nation’s family courts in ways that encourage parental equality and shared parenting in instances of divorce or separation.

Fortunately, at least 17 states are currently considering shared parenting legislation that would reform a system that favors one parent over another in an overwhelming majority of instances – according to the U.S. Census Bureau, sole custody is awarded to one parent in about 83 percent of cases.

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION

PRESS RELEASE

March 6, 2015

ONE-THIRD OF NATION’S STATES INTRODUCE SHARED PARENTING LEGISLATION

NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION APPLAUDS NATIONAL TREND

BOSTON – National Parents Organization is pleased to announce that at least 17 state legislatures are currently considering bills that support shared parenting and parental equality in instances of divorce or separation.

National Parents Organization considers the national trend an appropriate response to the tremendous impact our nation’s family courts continue to have on the roughly 35% of American children whose parents have divorced or separated. Family courts routinely operate under a 1950s model that places parents on unequal child custody footing. However, recent comprehensive reviews of child development research show that children thrive with shared parenting following separation or divorce.

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION

PRESS RELEASE

January 16, 2015

NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION CALLS ON U.S. OFFICE OF CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT TO ALTER PROPOSED RULE CHANGES

BOSTON -- National Parents Organization commends the U.S. Office of Child Support Enforcement’s (OCSE) current effort to update its rules for the first time in 35 years. At the same time, however, we urge the Office to consider additional revisions that go further in fostering the best interest of children.

“We applaud the OCSE for recognizing that the problem of unpaid child support is mainly due to poverty among payers. It states, ‘Most arrearages are owed by noncustodial parents with earnings under $10,000 and are uncollectible.’ Currently, the pressure to collect the uncollectible is driving many of these parents underground, out of the lives of the children who love and want them. The new proposals by the OCSE will help to give back the second parent to these children,” said Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Chair of National Parents Organization.

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION

PRESS RELEASE

November 13, 2014

NATIONAL STUDY GRADES STATES FOR SHARED PARENTING AFTER DIVORCE STATE-BY-STATE ANALYSIS HIGHLIGHTS PARENTAL INEQUALITY ACROSS THE NATION

BOSTON – National Parents Organization announced today the release of its 2014 Shared Parenting Report Card, an inaugural report issuing state-by-state grades in the nation’s first comprehensive review of child custody statutes as they relate to shared parenting in instances of divorce and separation.

“Despite what you might believe, shared parenting is not the norm in instances of divorce and separation. In fact, family courts award sole custody, usually to the mother, in over 80 percent of child custody cases,” said Ned Holstein, M.D., M.S., Founder and Chair of National Parents Organization. “Our report highlights that many states are not only discouraging shared parenting, but they are also depriving children of what they benefit from most – ample time with both of their parents – while also enabling a system that fosters parental inequality.”

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