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National Parents Organization
PRESS RELEASE
March 27, 2017


NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION TO CO-HOST LANDMARK
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CHILD CUSTODY
International Researchers to Focus on “Best Interest of the Child” Following Divorce

BOSTON – Rarely does a scientific conference raise the possibility of dramatically changing the lives of tens of millions of families. National Parents Organization is honored to announce it will co-host a landmark event this spring: for the first time in many years, the most renowned child development experts in the world on post-divorce parenting arrangements will converge in Boston to present research results on how shared parenting after divorce or separation affects children. This event – the International Conference on Shared Parenting 2017 – will be co-hosted by the European-based International Council on Shared Parenting, and will be held at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, on May 29-30, 2017.

With the current intense interest in the devastating effects of family fragmentation affecting about one-third of all children, this timely Conference offers a faculty who are widely considered to include almost all of the leading scholars in the world on the subject of optimal post-divorce parenting arrangements. This group of eminent scholars may never before, and perhaps may never again, be brought together from all parts of the developed world in the same conference.

“Millions of children have been assumed to do best after parental divorce or separation in a sole custody arrangement, usually with the mother. But this tradition was established by attorneys and judges with no training in child development, and never established by empirical research,” said Dr. Ned Holstein, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization. “The Conference will review 40 years of careful research by social scientists to examine whether children actually do better with a shared parenting arrangement in which the child spends ample time with each parent. With this accumulation of research, the Conference theme raises the timely question ‘Shared Parenting Research: A Watershed in Understanding Children’s Best Interest?’ said Dr. Holstein.

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE
March 21, 2017


NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION URGES LAWMAKERS TO MOVE
SHARED PARENTING FORWARD
BILLS UNDER CONSIDERATION IN 25 STATES


Lawmakers across the country have the opportunity to improve children’s educational achievements, decrease their use of drugs, and improve their overall health and social adjustment without any cost to the taxpayer. All this can be done simply: by passing shared parenting into law. With these benefits to hundreds of thousands of children in mind, National Parents Organization urges legislators in states with active shared parenting bills – this encompasses half of the states in the U.S. – to move the reform forward. These states include:


·         Alabama

·         Arizona

·         Connecticut

·         Indiana

·         Iowa

·         Kentucky

·         Maine

·         Maryland

·         Massachusetts

·         Michigan

·         Mississippi

·         Missouri

·         Montana

·         New Hampshire

·         New York

·         North Dakota

·         Oregon

·         South Carolina

·         South Dakota

·         Texas

·         Vermont

·         Washington

·         West Virginia

·         Wisconsin

·         Wyoming

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE
March 17, 2017


HONOR NATIONAL SINGLE PARENT DAY WITH SHARED PARENTING
MASSACHUSETTS, MISSOURI, NORTH DAKOTA, TEXAS, WASHINGTON AND WEST VIRGINIA 
AMONG STATES CONSIDERING REFORM



BOSTON, MA – 
National Parents Organizationurges citizens and legislators nationwide to recognize National Single Parent Day on Tuesday, March 21, by supporting shared parenting legislation across the country.

“Right now, most children of divorce have just one single parent, plus one ‘visitor.’ With shared parenting, they get not just one, but two single parents – two for the price of one,” said Dr. Ned Holstein, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation for the day, and in doing so stated that “with the active interest and support of friends, relatives and local communities,” single parents “can do even more to raise their children in the best possible environment.”

“Today, the evidence showing shared parenting is in the best interest of children when parents divorce or separate is overwhelming. With this in mind, backing family law reform that seeks to move shared parenting from rare to common in courtrooms is a terrific way to support ‘the best possible environment’ for children,” Dr. Holstein said. 

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE
March 2, 2017
NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION URGES TEXAS LAWMAKERS TO MOVE SHARED PARENTING FORWARD
BILL HEADS TO HOUSE JUVENILE JUSTICE & FAMILY ISSUES COMMITTEE

Texas 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 Texas children in mind, National Parents Organization urges legislators to move House Bill 453 forward by immediately scheduling a hearing for the bill in the House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee.

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. 

 “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 Robert Franklin, who chairs National Parents Organization’s Texas affiliate and also serves on the organization’s national board. “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. Thank you to Rep. James White, for recognizing this pressing need by sponsoring this crucial legislation.”

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE
February 21, 2017

NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION URGES MISSOURI LAWMAKERS TO MOVE SHARED PARENTING FORWARD
BILL HEADS TO HOUSE AND SENATE COMMITTEES

Missouri 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 SB 377 and HB 724 into law. With these benefits to hundreds of thousands of Missouri children in mind, National Parents Organization urges legislators to immediately schedule hearings for the proposal with the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee.

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. Last year, Missouri passed a bill supportive of shared parenting, and this year’s bill builds on the new law by proposing a rebuttable presumption that child custody arrangements awarding equal parenting time are in the best interest of the child, with exceptions if a parent is unfit or there has been domestic violence.

 “While the law enacted last year was a good start, passage of the new bill would go further in helping to ensure that children receive the consistent love and care of not one, but both parents after separation or divorce,” said Linda Reutzel, a Missouri grandmother and chair of National Parents Organization of Missouri. “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. Thank you to Rep. Kathy Swan and Sen. Wayne Wallingford for recognizing this pressing need by sponsoring this crucial legislation.”

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