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Feb. 17 Deadline: National Parents Organization Urges Washington State Lawmakers to Move Shared Parenting Forward
February 10, 2017
NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION URGES WASHINGTON STATE LAWMAKERS TO MOVE SHARED PARENTING FORWARD
FEB. 17 COMMITTEE HEARING DEADLINE LOOMS
Olympia, Washington – With the deadline to schedule Washington State legislative committee hearings landing on Friday, Feb. 17, National Parents Organization urges state lawmakers to prioritize the best interests of children and schedule a House Judiciary Committee hearing on a proposal seeking to move shared parenting after divorce from the exception to the norm.
The bill, HB1554, 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.
“This bill is vitally important to thousands of families in Washington State, and with that in mind, we urge House Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Laurie Jinkins to waste no time in scheduling a committee hearing on the bill,” said Branden Durst, Chair of National Parents Organization of Washington. “The statistics – especially as it relates to our African American families – tell a devastating tale of how children and fathers are impacted when dads are unnecessarily pushed out of children’s lives. Every child in our state deserves the love and support of not just one, but both, of their parents – and we can’t afford to deprive them of that any longer.”
New Florida Alimony Bill Heads to Committee
Feb. 2, 2017
NEW FLORIDA ALIMONY BILL HEADS TO COMMITTEE
National Parents Organization Supports ‘Balanced Compromise’ Proposal
National Parents Organization supports Florida’s recently introduced alimony legislation and encourages lawmakers to act in the best interest of families and swiftly move the proposal into law.
The active Florida alimony proposal – filed as Senate Bill 412 and House Bill 283 - is similar to bills in past years in that it essentially eliminates permanent alimony. However, unlike the alimony and shared parenting bill vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott last year, the bill focuses solely on the alimony issue.
“The concept of permanent alimony is outdated in today’s society – alimony recipients must take some responsibility to earn a living after divorce in this day and age,” said Alan Frisher, Chair of National Parents Organization of Florida. “This welcome change would provide predictability and consistency for all, plus, divorcing spouses could settle their financial differences out of court versus spending countless dollars on wasteful litigation.”
November is Military Family Appreciation Month: Child Custody Reform Helps Show Appreciation
NOVEMBER IS MILITARY FAMILY APPRECIATION MONTH
CHILD CUSTODY REFORM HELPS SHOW APPRECIATION
November 18, 2016
During Military Family Appreciation Month, National Parents Organization joins the rest of the nation to express gratitude to our military families for their service and sacrifice. While deployment is certainly challenging enough on its own, that stress can increase drastically when military parents are also dealing with child custody battles following a divorce or separation. National Parents Organization believes an additional way to provide support and appreciation for military families is not to make child custody decisions while a parent is deployed.
“The child development research is now crystal clear that children do best when their loving bonds with each parent are protected after parents separate or divorce,” says Ned Holstein, MD, founder of National Parents Organization. “Unfortunately, some active duty service members have found that the custody of their children has been changed in important ways while they were serving their country overseas and unable to be present in family court. Sometimes when they return from overseas duty, they cannot even find their children.”
To ensure child custody decisions are not made while one parent is deployed, National Parents Organization supports laws passed in states such as Michigan, California, and Nevada that provide protections for military parents. National Parents Organization believes these laws have set a good example of how things should be, and encourages more states to follow in this example to help ensure greater peace of mind for military families.
“The recent law change in Michigan is a step in the right direction – it is good for children, who will be enabled to resume their loving relations with a parent who returns from overseas military duty, and any need for a change in the parenting time arrangements can be considered then, with both parties present,” Dr. Holstein said.
Media Source: Best Interest of Jolie-Pitt Children
PRESS RELEASE: Source alert
MEDIA SOURCE: BEST INTEREST OF JOLIE-PITT CHILDRENNovember 5, 2016
Amid news of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s divorce and child custody battle, child custody expert Dr. Ned Holstein, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization, is available to serve as a media source on the best interests of the children.
Dr. Holstein has previously shared his expertise on the ways in which shared parenting is best for children when parents divorce with media including:
· TIME, “This Divorce Arrangement Stresses Kids Out Most”
· USA Today, “Report: States Fail on Shared Parenting Laws”
· New York Daily News, “How to Tell Your Kids You’re Getting Divorced”
· PBS (WGBH Boston), “Family Court System Under Scrutiny”
· Huffington Post, “Involving Dads in Lives of Children Born out of Wedlock”
· NPR (KCUR Kansas City), “The Challenges and Benefits of Co-Parenting”
· Baltimore Sun, “Joint Custody Should be the Rule, Not the Exception”
International Experts Conclude Shared Parenting Can Reduce Domestic Violence
October 25, 2016
INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS CONCLUDE SHARED PARENTING CAN REDUCE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION REMAINS COMMITTED TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS YEAR-ROUND
National Parents Organization recognizes the goals of the National Domestic Violence Awareness Month year-round by raising awareness of the tragic impact domestic violence has on many families throughout the nation. As President Obama has said, domestic violence impacts “women, men, and children of every age, background, and belief.
National Parents Organization will continue to support shared parenting (50/50 custody) when parents divorce or separate only in cases where domestic violence is not an issue. The organization’s leadership urges others to also join in the fight against domestic violence by supporting shared parenting.
International experts have concluded that shared parenting can help reduce domestic violence. At the 2015 International Conference on Shared Parenting, which included about 120 research scientists and other experts from more than 20 countries, participants concluded that “…shared parenting [after parental separation or divorce] is recognized as the most effective means for both reducing high parental conflict and preventing first-time family violence.”