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Shared Parenting Introduced in South Carolina

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February 13, 2014

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Shared Parenting Introduced in South Carolina
by Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, National Parents Organization

Don Hubin
Senator Katrina Frye Shealy
In a bold move, National Parents Organization of South Carolina introduces National Parents Organization shared parenting model legislation. South Carolina is the latest state to join National Parents Organization. It is also the first state to take our recently developed model shared parenting legislation and work with a legislator to introduce some of the language and ideas. While it stops short of a presumption of shared parenting, it does introduce shared parenting to South Carolina family law and provide it as an additional option.

Senator Katrina Frye Shealy (R-23), the only woman in the South Carolina senate, is the lead sponsor for S. 905, Child Custody Orders. She is joined by Senators Ross Turner (R-8), Shane R. Martin (R-13), and Lee Bright (R-12). The bill is now in the Judiciary Committee.

If you are a South Carolina member, now is the time to join our South Carolina Affiliate and Chair Joe Carter. Please contact him to learn how you can educate your legislator about why your children and every child in South Carolina needs shared parenting. Read more...


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National Parents Organization is working to build a strong affiliate in every state. What will it take to bring National Parents Organization to your state? Leadership. It takes a team of volunteers to organize in your state and to reach out to legislators, media, and other groups who will work with us to make shared parenting the norm.

If you are ready, please contact Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director. Together we can build an affiliate in your state.

 
South Dakota Shared Parenting Bill Passes Senate Unanimously
February 12, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
South Dakota Senate Bill 74 passed the state Senate unanimously last week. It now goes to the House and, if it passes there, to Governor Dennis Daugaard to be signed into law. This article says the prospects for passage look good (KDLT, 2/9/14). Read more...

Omaree Varela Update: A 911 Call, Demands for Firings and a Bad Bill Before the Legislature
February 10 , 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
While we’re once again on the case in which nine-year-old New Mexican Omaree Varela was allegedly kicked to death by his mother, Synthia Varela-Casaus, updates are arriving daily. Read more...

New Mexico: Family Sues State for Child Starved by Homeless Mother
February 10, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
I’ve reported on the ongoing saga of children in New Mexico who’ve been killed by their mothers and/or their mothers’ boyfriends long after the state’s child welfare agency, the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD), knew they were in danger. The issue has become a political football in the early stages of the race for governor and is drawing more and more attention from the news media. Read more...

Woody Allen Responds to Child Sexual Abuse Claims
February 9, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Since I’ve spent the past few days posting about the case of Jane Doe vs. John Roe in which the mother insisted on claiming the father sexually molested their child, it’s been harder than it might otherwise have been to ignore the insistent whoop-di-do about Woody Allen. Read more...

Are you willing to say, "Kids come first, even before politics?"
February 8, 2014 by Peter Barclay, Protect Veteran’s Benefits
As many know, I work veteran issues and with family issues. I run the Facebook page Protect Veteran’s Benefits. Military family law and issues are the primary issues causing the suicides. Because of that I come into contact with a lot of civilian family laws. Read more...

Doe vs. Roe: Mother’s Abuse Scarred a Little Boy’s Psyche
February 7, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
(This continues my coverage of the case of Doe vs. Roe, begun in my previous two pieces.)

Given her single-minded hunt for evidence — any evidence – that Peter’s father was sexually assaulting him, given the fact that there was no such evidence and given the fact that every witness, from psychologists to physicians to child welfare caseworkers to the police to teachers to the guardian ad litem, agreed that there was no abuse, it’s no surprise that Peter’s mother, Jane Doe, would finally resort to hiring witnesses of her own who were more congenial to her view of things. Read more...

 

 
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