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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE
June 12, 2017


NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION URGES MICHIGAN LAWMAKERS TO MOVE SHARED PARENTING FORWARD
MICHIGAN JOINS 20 STATES CONSIDERING FAMILY COURT REFORM

Michigan lawmakers have the opportunity to improve children’s educational achievements, decrease their use of drugs, and improve their overall health and adjustment without any cost to the taxpayer by passing shared parenting into law. With these benefits to hundreds of thousands of Michigan children in mind, National Parents Organization urges the Judiciary Committee of the Michigan House of Representatives to pass House Bill 4691 when it votes on the bill this Thursday, June 15, at 8:30 a.m.

The legislation embraces parental equality and shared parenting – a flexible arrangement where children spend as close to equal time as possible with each parent after divorce or separation. Specifically, the bill proposes a rebuttable presumption of shared parenting when parents divorce or separate, meaning the conversation begins with the two-parent solution.


“Passage of this bill will work to ensure that children receive the consistent love and care of not one, but both parents after separation or divorce,” said Linda Wright, a Michigan mother who’s taking an active role in working to pass this legislation. “We can’t afford to allow our broken family court system to continue with the sole custody status quo – our children can’t be deprived of either parent any longer.”

The bill had had multiple hearings in the past two months and is sponsored by Rep. Jim Runestad with co-sponsorship from Rep. Tim Kelly, Rep. Scott VanSingel, Rep. Peter Lucido, Rep. Roger Hauck. Rep. Tristen Cole and Rep. Jim Tedder.

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE

June 8, 2017
2017 International Conference on Shared Parenting Advances Family Court Reform Efforts
National Parents Organization Co-Hosted Landmark Event


BOSTON – For two days, attendees from 24 countries, ranging from China to the Middle East to Europe and North America, converged in Boston to hear child development experts throughout the world present more than 35 studies on what’s best for children when parents divorce or separate.

“The scientific evidence was crystal clear: Children with shared parenting after parental separation or divorce show better grades in school, better social adjustment, less drug and alcohol use, less truancy and delinquency, and better overall health. They desperately want and need both parents. Only rarely do we find that a simple change in the law can have so many positive effects for children, and at no cost to the taxpayer,” said National Parents Organization’s Founder and Board Chair, Ned Holstein, MD.

The 2017 International Conference on Shared Parenting, hosted by Boston-based National Parents Organization and European-based International Council on Shared Parenting, was held at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in downtown Boston.

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE

May 22, 2017

A Comprehensive Scientific Review of What’s Best for Children After Divorce
National Parents Organization to Co-Host Landmark Two-Day Event on Child Custody

BOSTON – An upcoming scientific conference will explore whether judges and parents have been misled for decades about what custody arrangements are best for children when parents do not live together. The International Conference on Shared Parenting 2017 will convene May 29 and 30. Most of the leading researchers in the world will explore over 30 years of research on this topic, which affects over one-third of all children in the U.S.

“For decades, judges and parents have been taught that children need one home, one decision-maker, one bed, and one place to put down their schoolbooks when parents are apart,” said Dr. Ned Holstein, Founder and Chair of the Board of National Parents Organization. For instance,judicial training in Nebraska taught just that, based on documents finally disclosed after a several-year freedom-of-information battle. According to Dr. Holstein, co-host of the conference, “Recent publications by the most eminent researchers suggest the upcoming conference may turn this accepted wisdom on its head. If so, millions of children may be affected.”

The conference, hosted by the Boston-based National Parents Organization and the European-based International Council on Shared Parenting, takes place at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in downtown Boston. The scientific program includes researchers from18 countries, including from Sweden and Australia, where powerful research is possible because shared parenting has been the norm there for years.

Controversial topics will include:

·         Is shared parenting better for children if one parent fights in court for sole custody?

·         Is shared parenting better for infants?

·         What if there is a mild to moderate degree of parental conflict?

·         What if one parent has been the predominant breadwinner and the other has been the predominant caretaker?

·         Is shared parenting simply a way to get reduced child support payments?

·         What about same-sex parents?

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE

May 22, 2017

A Comprehensive Scientific Review of What’s Best for Children After Divorce
National Parents Organization to Co-Host Landmark Two-Day Event on Child Custody

BOSTON – An upcoming scientific conference will explore whether judges and parents have been misled for decades about what custody arrangements are best for children when parents do not live together. The International Conference on Shared Parenting 2017 will convene May 29 and 30. Most of the leading researchers in the world will explore over 30 years of research on this topic, which affects over one-third of all children in the U.S.

“For decades, judges and parents have been taught that children need one home, one decision-maker, one bed, and one place to put down their schoolbooks when parents are apart,” said Dr. Ned Holstein, Founder and Chair of the Board of National Parents Organization. For instance,judicial training in Nebraska taught just that, based on documents finally disclosed after a several-year freedom-of-information battle. According to Dr. Holstein, co-host of the conference, “Recent publications by the most eminent researchers suggest the upcoming conference may turn this accepted wisdom on its head. If so, millions of children may be affected.”

The conference, hosted by the Boston-based National Parents Organization and the European-based International Council on Shared Parenting, takes place at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in downtown Boston. The scientific program includes researchers from18 countries, including from Sweden and Australia, where powerful research is possible because shared parenting has been the norm there for years.

Controversial topics will include:

·         Is shared parenting better for children if one parent fights in court for sole custody?

·         Is shared parenting better for infants?

·         What if there is a mild to moderate degree of parental conflict?

·         What if one parent has been the predominant breadwinner and the other has been the predominant caretaker?

·         Is shared parenting simply a way to get reduced child support payments?

·         What about same-sex parents?

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National Parents Organization
Press Release 

May 11, 2017

Contact: Nancy Rigdon, [email protected]

Jolie-Pitt Parenting Arrangement in Line with Child Development Research
National Parents Organization Supports Shared Parenting


BOSTON – The National Parents Organization applauds actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for recognizing that shared parenting is best for their children, as that’s what research has proven is best for kids.

In a recent interview with GQ, Pitt said he and Jolie have agreed to “work together” on shared custody of their six children because it’s “very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart.”

Scientific evidence agrees. Over 50 peer-reviewed studies indicate that shared parenting — where children spend as much time as possible with each parent — following divorce or separation better serves children. Here are just a couple of examples of the growing consensus supporting shared parenting:

·         In a 150,000-person study published in The Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, researchers concluded that shared parenting is in the best interest of children’s health because the arrangement lowers their stress levels.

·         32 family law experts in the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts concluded, “Children’s best interests are furthered by parenting plans that provide for continuing and shared parenting relationships that are safe, secure, and developmentally responsive and that also avoid a template calling for a specific division of time imposed on all families.”

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