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National Parents Organization Eyes Next Move For Shared Parenting in Colorado
April 1, 2016
NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION EYES NEXT MOVE FOR SHARED PARENTING IN COLORADO
LEGISLATIVE HEARING SHOWS SUPPORT FOR FAMILY COURT REFORM
Following a strong show of support for shared parenting in child custody cases during a Monday, March 28, legislative hearing, National Parents Organization looks forward to future possibilities, including landing the issue on the November 2016 ballot.
During the Colorado House of Representatives committee hearing, legislators voted down HB16-1110, known as the Parent’s Bill of Rights, which establishes parental rights as a fundamental liberty interest and a fundamental right. However, the more than 20 parents that testified, many of them with their children, all supported the bill, and parents speaking on the child custody aspect of the bill were in agreement: Colorado needs law reform supportive of parents’ rights to custody of their children when facing divorce or separation.
“While the defeat of the Parent’s Bill of Rights is unfortunate, we’re encouraged by the overwhelming agreement from citizens urging the state to recognize the inherent right to parental equality in divorce courtrooms,” said Dr. Ned Holstein, MD, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization. “What’s more, we know from a growing body of research that shared parenting is what children most want and need when their parents divorce or separate.”
National Parents Organization Supports Colorado's Shared Parenting Legislation
March 24, 2016
NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION SUPPORTS COLORADO’S SHARED PARENTING LEGISLATION
PROPOSAL FOLLOWS U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISIONS ON PARENTAL RIGHTS
National Parents Organization applauds Colorado legislators who are acting on numerous U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have established parenting as a fundamental right and liberty interest.
Colorado legislators joined the national movement to reform the family courts and support shared parenting – a flexible arrangement in which children spend as close to equal time as possible with each parent after separation or divorce – with the filing of the Parent’s Bill of Rights, HB16-1110. The bill establishes parental rights as a fundamental liberty interest and a fundamental right, which encourages family courts to make shared parenting the norm when parents divorce or separate. The move could be a significant change, considering shared parenting occurs less than 20 percent of the time after separation or divorce, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
“Thank you, Colorado legislators, for standing up for the crucial yet all-too-often violated rights of parents. No loving and fit parent should ever lose the inherent right to spend significant, meaningful time with his or her child, as research, and common sense have told us many times over,” said Dr. Ned Holstein, MD, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization.
Honor National Single Parent Day with Shared Parenting
March 18, 2016
HONOR NATIONAL SINGLE PARENT DAY WITH SHARED PARENTING
FLORIDA, MISSOURI, MARYLAND, COLORADO AND IOWA AMONG STATES CONSIDERING REFORM
BOSTON, MA – With National Single Parent Day approaching on Monday, March 21, National Parents Organization urges citizens and legislators nationwide to recognize the day by supporting shared parenting legislation in numerous states.
“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, MD, MS, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan honored a request from Congress by issuing a proclamation for the day, and in doing so, he 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.”
“The evidence showing shared parenting is in the best interest of children when parents divorce or separate is now overwhelming. With this in mind, backing family law reform that seeks to move shared parenting from rare to common in divorce courtrooms is a terrific way to support ‘the best possible environment’ for children,” Dr. Holstein said.
Florida House, Senate Send Shared Parenting Legislation for Governor's Signature
March 8, 2016
FLORIDA HOUSE, SENATE SEND SHARED PARENTING LEGISLATION FOR GOVERNOR’S SIGNATURE
FLORIDA LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL TO REFORM FAMILY COURTS
National Parents Organization is pleased to announce that the Florida Legislature has passed a shared parenting bill that is headed to Gov. Rick Scott for signature to become the new law in the State of Florida.
On the heels of the Florida Senate’s passage last week of CS/CS/SB 668, the Florida House of Representatives adopted and passed the bill Tuesday, March 8, bringing Florida to the forefront of a national movement to reform the family courts and support shared parenting – a flexible arrangement in which children spend as close to equal time as possible with each parent after divorce. The bill aligns with the growing body of evidence showing shared parenting is in the best interest of children in most cases when parents divorce.
National Parents Organization Supports Maryland's Shared Parenting Legislation
February 25, 2016
NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION SUPPORTS MARYLAND’S SHARED PARENTING LEGISLATION
PROPOSAL FOLLOWS RESEARCH ON CHILDREN’S BEST INTERESTS
National Parents Organization applauds Maryland legislators who are acting on the persuasive body of research showing shared parenting is in the best interest of children in most cases when parents divorce or separate.
Maryland legislators joined the national movement to reform the family courts and support shared parenting – a flexible arrangement in which children spend as close to equal time as possible with each parent after separation or divorce – with the filing of identical bills, SB0962, titled Children’s Rights & Parental Rights – Shared Parenting Time Act for Family Equality, and HB1386, titled Rebuttable Presumption of Joint Custody. The Senate bill will be heard at 1 p.m. on March 8 by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, and the House bill will be heard at 1 p.m. on March 9 by the House Judiciary Committee.