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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE

May 6, 2016

NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION EMBRACES SHARED PARENTING FOR THE MODERN-DAY SINGLE MOM
MOTHER’S DAY FALLS AMID FAMILY LAW REFORM ACTIVITY IN STATES INCLUDING MISSOURI

BOSTON – At least one-third of all mothers these days are single mothers. This Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 8 – National Parents Organization honors the crucial role of single mothers, while actively supporting shared parenting after separation or divorce as the best possible arrangement for them.

Shared parenting is a flexible arrangement in which children spend as close to equal time as possible with each parent. National Parents Organization urges single moms to join the push to make shared parenting the new norm, specifically, to support legislative proposals in many states, including Missouri, that advance it.

“Caught up in the pain and anger of a divorce, it is often very hard for a parent to accept the fact that the child loves and needs the other parent too,” said Dr. Ned Holstein, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization. “On top of that, the family courts are still stuck in the mindset that their job is to pick one parent to be the custodial parent. The attorneys often prey on parents by creating fears of losing custody, and also entice them with the supposed advantages of winning sole custody. These so-called ‘advantages’ include a bitter and expensive custody battle, children who do more poorly than with shared parenting, a permanently hostile ex, and a relentless ordeal of work and childcare.”

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE

APRIL 25, 2016

SHARED PARENTING LAWS COULD ELIMINATE NATIONAL PARENTAL ALIENATION AWARENESS DAY 
NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION SUPPORTS FAMILY LAW REFORM

BOSTON -- Amid attention surrounding National Parental Alienation Awareness Day on Monday, April 25, including Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s honorable decision to recognize the day, National Parents Organization encourages lawmakers nationwide to join the movement to turn shared parenting from the exception to the norm when parents divorce or separate.

“Far too often, the courts order sole custody to one parent after a bitter, winner-take-all custody battle. Because the non-custodial parent often has so little time with the child, the winning parent is empowered to poison the child’s mind against the ‘absent’ parent. This creates heartbreak for child and parent,” Dr. Ned Holstein, MD, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization, said. “With shared parenting, it is difficult for anyone to turn the child against a parent with whom the child experiences frequent loving care. Shared parenting decreases these tragic cases of parental alienation. I urge legislators in all states to back shared parenting.”

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
MEDIA STATEMENT

April 15, 2016

NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING FLORIDA GOV. SCOTT’S VETO OF SHARED PARENTING BILL

Following Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s veto of SB668 today, Dr. Ned Holstein, MD, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization, issued the following statement:

“While National Parents Organization is deeply disappointed in Gov. Rick Scott’s decision, we will continue to support the best interests of children by working to move shared parenting after divorce from the exception to the norm in Florida as well as nationwide. With research increasingly showing shared parenting gives children what they desperately need and want after divorce, we’re particularly troubled by Gov. Scott’s statement due to the tens of thousands of children who are at risk of unhappy childhoods as a result of his decision. Plus, the fact that Gov. Scott's office said supporters of the bill outnumbered opponents by 5 to 1 makes his veto even more concerning. Nevertheless, we look forward to working constructively with the Governor as well as lawmakers nationwide in the future to advance the true best interests of children – a childhood filled with the constant love and support of not just one, but both, parents after divorce.”

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National Parents Organization
Press Release

April 13, 2016
 
NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION EMPHASIZES SHARED PARENTING ON NATIONAL EX-SPOUSE DAY
FLORIDA, MISSOURI AMONG STATES CONSIDERING FAMILY LAW REFORM

BOSTON -- With National Ex-Spouse Day – Thursday, April 14 – meant to “be a positive day of reflection and to encourage people to release anger or resentment,” as reported in USA TodayNational Parents Organization encourages states across the country to continue the national trend to reform our family courts by enacting shared parenting legislation after parents separate or divorce.

In the last year, more than 20 states have introduced legislation that would treat parents more equally in instances of divorce while also providing children what they most want and need – as close to equal time as possible with both their parents. Florida and Missouri are two most recent examples, with Missouri's legislature advancing a shared parenting bill in the Senate and Florida passing a bill that now awaits the Governor's signature. 

“Families heal from the pain and anger of separation and divorce with shared parenting, which is good for the entire family, especially the children, Dr. Ned Holstein, MD, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization, said. “The research shows that children do much better when their parents share parenting time more equally. And first-time rates of domestic violence are lower with shared parenting, instead of the victor-vanquished dynamic of one parent having sole custody. This National Ex-Spouse Day, I can’t think of a better way to heal families than by making shared parenting, rather than sole custody, the norm in our society.”

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
MEDIA STATEMENT
 
April 11, 2016
 
NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING PLANNED SB668 DEMONSTRATIONS
 
With demonstrations in support and opposition to SB668 scheduled to occur at the Statehouse in Tallahassee the morning of Tuesday, April 12, National Parents Organization is issuing the following statement, encouraging all involved to gather peacefully and with respect for the opinions of others. 
 
“While it is understandable that this is an emotional issue for millions of people throughout the state, it is critically important that we remember the spirit of this legislation is based on equality and reforming our family courts to meet the best interests of our children,” said Dr. Ned Holstein, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization. “As Gov. Rick Scott reviews the shared parenting legislation that has the support of the Senate and House, National Parents Organization urges him to sign the legislation into law so that Florida’s children can have what research shows they most want an need to live healthy, happy and productive lives – equal time with both their parents, especially in instances of divorce.”

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