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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION | PRESS RELEASE
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.”

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION | PRESS RELEASE
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.

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION | MEDIA STATEMENT
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.”


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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION | PRESS RELEASE
January 15, 2018

NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION URGES VIRGINIA LAWMAKERS TO MOVE SHARED PARENTING FORWARD
Virginia Becomes Latest State to Consider Family Court Reform

National Parents Organization applauds Virginia lawmakers for joining the list of states considering legislation that helps children whose parents divorce or separate.

As The Washington Post reported, more than 20 states have recently considered legislation supportive of shared parenting – a child custody arrangement that seeks to maximize a child’s time as much as possible with each parent. Virginia now has a bill supportive of shared parenting for fit parents in cases without a history of domestic violence. Delegate Glenn Davis, R-House District 84, is sponsoring the bill (HB 1351).  In addition, Senator Barbara Favola, D-Senate District 31, and Senator Emmet Hanger, Jr., R-Senate District 24, are co-sponsoring a separate bill, SB 64, which would require judges to explain their child custody rulings in writing.

“Thanks to Delegate Davis, Senator Favola and Senator Hanger, the Commonwealth of Virginia has the opportunity to improve children’s educational achievements, decrease their use of drugs, give them a greater sense of security, improve their overall health and adjustment, and increase the collection rate of their child support payments without any cost to the taxpayer – all by passing shared parenting into law,” said Christian Paasch, Chair of National Parents Organization in Virginia. “With these benefits to hundreds of thousands of Virginia children in mind, we urge state lawmakers to pass these proposals in 2018. Governor Northam stated he would sign a shared parenting bill into law, so it is imperative we get joint custody bills to his desk.”

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION | PRESS RELEASE
January 9, 2018


NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION URGES KANSAS LAWMAKERS TO MOVE SHARED PARENTING FORWARD
Kansas Becomes Latest State to Consider Family Court Reform

National Parents Organization applauds Kansas lawmakers for joining the list of states considering legislation that helps children whose parents divorce or separate.

As The Washington Post reported, more than 20 states have recently 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. Kansas now has a pre-filed bill supportive of shared parenting for fit parents in cases without a history of domestic violence. Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, R-Leavenworth, is sponsoring the bill.

“Thanks to Sen. Fitzgerald, the state of Kansas has the opportunity to improve children’s educational achievements, decrease their use of drugs, give them a greater sense of security, increase their child support payments, and improve their overall health and adjustment without any cost to the taxpayer – all by passing shared parenting into law,” said Will Mitchell, Chair of National Parents Organization of Kansas. “With these benefits to hundreds of thousands of Kansas children in mind, we urge state lawmakers to make this proposal a top priority in 2018.”

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