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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION

PRESS RELEASE

June 21, 2016

BOSTON GLOBE SUPPORTS CHILD-CENTERED FAMILY LAW LEGISLATION 
MASSACHUSETTS BILL UPHOLDS BEST INTERESTS OF CHILDREN

BOSTON -- National Parents Organization applauds the Boston Globe for supporting Massachusetts’ Child-Centered Family Law bill and urges legislators to support the best interests of children by following the Globe’s advice and passing H4107, that was previously known as both S834 and H1207.

In the June 20 Globe editorial “Repeat After Us: Pass these Worthy Bills,” the editorial board wrote, “Massachusetts’ child custody laws are outdated. The Child-Centered Family Law billacknowledges a widely held belief that isn’t always reflected in court orders: Children benefit from spending significant time with both parents. The legislation would encourage family-court judges to grant parents shared custody, with a child spending at least one-third of the time with each parent.”

Dr. Ned Holstein, M.D., Founder and Board Chair of Boston-based National Parents Organization, said, “As the clock ticks on this legislative session, the most pressing need for the children of Massachusetts is passage of the Child-Centered Family Law. Thank you, Boston Globe editorial board, for rightly urging legislators to make the best interests of children a top priority. We’ve long known that children desperately want and need shared parenting after divorce, and Massachusetts is long overdue for aligning our family courts with the overwhelming amount of research in favor of shared parenting.”

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION

PRESS RELEASE

June 15, 2016


REMEMBER THE SINGLE DAD ON FATHER’S DAY
NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION CALLS FOR SHARED PARENTING LAWS


BOSTON – This Father’s Day, National Parents Organization recognizes all dads, but in particular the forgotten single dad by advocating for shared parenting as the norm, rather than the exception, when parents divorce or separate.

“Single fathers are noticed very little even though they are big -- about 25% to 35% of all fathers are non-custodial, or single, dads, and a tiny percentage are sole-custody parents. Even on Father’s Day, we typically imagine the standard two-parent family,” Dr. Ned Holstein, M.D., Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization, said. “If we want a better life for families, lawmakers in every state must reform the family courts in ways that embrace the two-parent solution of shared parenting when parents have separated. And we must take anti-father gender bias out of the courts as well.”

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June 14, 2016

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ENCOURAGED TO SIGN SHARED PARENTING BILL ON FATHERLESS DAY
CAPITOL RALLIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY MARK THE DAY

National Parents Organization has invited Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to sign the state’s shared parenting legislation during the annual Fatherless Day rally at the Missouri Capitol on Friday, June 17.

“I can’t think of a more historic moment for Missouri families than for the Governor to, with the stroke of his pen, turn an event focus away from the court-ordered fatherlessness crisis and toward the solution of shared parenting after divorce or separation,” Dr. Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization, said. “What’s more, the wonderful fathers all across the state who have been unnecessarily pushed out of their children’s lives by our broken family court system as well as their children who have suffered as a result could then look toward Father’s Day this Sunday with reason to celebrate.”

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PRESS RELEASE

May 27, 2016
NATIONWIDE SHARED PARENTING MOVEMENT HITS MISSOURI GOVERNOR’S DESK
NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION URGES GOV. JAY NIXON TO QUICKLY SIGN BILL INTO LAW

BOSTON -- With a bill encouraging shared parenting and parental equality after divorce arriving on Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk earlier this week -- Wednesday, May 25 -- National Parents Organization urges the Governor to waste no time in signing the bill into law. If the Governor signs the bill, HB 1550, Missouri will join the list of states with child custody laws supportive of children experiencing the continued love and support of not just one, but both, of their parents after divorce or separation.

“Thank you, Missouri legislators, for voting to bring state child custody laws in line with the overwhelming body of research showing that most children desperately want and need shared parenting after divorce or separation,” Dr. Ned Holstein, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization, said. “Too many families have suffered from the family courts’ outdated preference for giving sole custody to one parent. I urge Gov. Nixon to act on his historic opportunity to sign HB 1550 into law. Instead of setting up parents for a bitter and unnecessary custody battle, HB 1550 will allow families to heal from the pain of divorce and separation from a position of equality and co-parenting.”

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May 10, 2016

NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION APPLAUDS MISSOURI LEGISLATURE FOR JOINING THE NATIONWIDE SHARED PARENTING MOVEMENT
FAMILY COURT REFORM PROPOSAL MOVES TO GOVERNOR JAY NIXON’S DESK

National Parents Organization celebrates the Missouri Legislature’s passage of a bill that embraces shared parenting and parental equality after divorce or separation and urges Gov. Jay Nixon to waste no time in signing HB 1550 into law so that more children can experience the continued love and support of not just one, but both, of their parents.

“Thank you, Missouri legislators, for voting to bring state child custody laws in line with the overwhelming body of research showing that most children desperately want and need shared parenting after divorce or separation,” Dr. Ned Holstein, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization, said. “Too many families have suffered from the family courts’ outdated preference for giving sole custody to one parent.  I urge Gov. Nixon to act on his historic opportunity to sign HB 1550 into law. Instead of setting up parents for a bitter and unnecessary custody battle, HB 1550 will allow families to heal from the pain of divorce and separation from a position of equality and co-parenting.”

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