Act Now to Bring Shared Parenting to New York State

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March 14, 2014

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Act Now to Bring Shared Parenting to New York State
By Christopher Howard, Chair, Executive Committee, National Parents Organization of New York

New York
With a tidal wave of shared parenting legislation sweeping the nation, New York has a golden opportunity to dramatically improve the outcomes of millions of children in the state by passing shared parenting legislation. Senate Bills 949 and 5316 would establish “a presumption of shared parenting of minor children in matrimonial proceedings.” The Bills are now in the Children and Families committee, and they need your help now to move to a floor vote.

Call and email members of the Children and Families Committee listed below. Use National Parents Organization Shared Parenting Talking Points and Make Shared Parenting the Norm. Tell our legislators why shared parenting is in the best interest of your children and every child in New York State.

In the Assembly, a similar Bill, A6457, is in the Judiciary Committee. There is a very real possibility that the bills will not make it out of committee without the voices of concerned constituents who want this bill passed.

Over the last six months National Parents Organization of New York has come to life. Our dedicated executive committee members, along with the national board, have been investigating inroads into the structure of the support and custody systems currently in place in New York State. As we are all acutely aware, the family court system is in a state of disarray and is failing miserably. The very people who should be benefiting, our children, are instead neglected and suffering. Unless you and I take action, those both appointed and elected to serve will continue to diminish relationships between children and their parents with little regard for the welfare of our family members and with zero accountability.

As our organization grows and evolves, we need your help. Read more...

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Child Returned to Dad in Denmark Following ‘Wrongful Retention’ in U.S.
March 12, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Another day, another international child abduction case and yes, another journalist who doesn’t grasp the basic concept behind the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Read more...

Illinois Shared Parenting Bill Stuck in Committee
March 10, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Among a large and growing number of states, Illinois has a bill before its legislature that would amend current child custody laws to encourage post-divorce parenting time of not less than 35% for each parent. Here’s an important article on the bill. Read more...

Canadian Supreme Court: Man’s ‘Contraceptive Fraud’ is Sexual Assault
March 10, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Close on the heels of yesterday’s post comes this (Bangor Daily News, 3/9/14). Yesterday’s post dealt with an explicitly sexist bill that just passed the New Hampshire Senate. If enacted into law, it would strip every man of parental rights who fathers a child via sexual assault. Read more...

New Hampshire Senate Moves to Take Parental Rights from Dads, but not Moms Guilty of Sexual Assault
March 9 , 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Earlier today, a reader emailed me to suggest I do a piece on underage boys being made to pay child support for a child conceived via intercourse with an adult, for example a teacher. It’s a common phenomenon and the law is clear in all states I’m familiar with — the boy must pay to support his child despite the fact that, by law, he was raped by the woman. I emailed back saying I’d do that the next time it came up in the news. Read more...

Scurrilous Attempt by Voices for Children to Scuttle Shared Parenting in Nebraska
March 7, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
I should have known. For weeks now I’ve been wondering what opponents of shared parenting in Nebraska would come up with to justify opposition to LB 1000, Senator Russ Karpisek’s bill that encourages greater parenting time for fathers. Read more...

Tabetha Van Holtz Pleads Guilty in Death of Son, Leland Valdez
March 7, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
In the New Mexico case of Leland Valdez, his mother, Tabetha Van Holtz has pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse and abandonment resulting in great bodily harm or death. Read about it here (Albuquerque Journal, 3/6/14). Read more...

Stowe Blog Reveals Profound Anti-Father Bias
March 6, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Sometimes the anti-father bias of family court smacks you right in the face. It certainly does here. And it does so all the harder because the writer is a blogger on family law issues and presumably knows something about them. Read more...


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“Children deserve both parents. National Parents Organization is committed to making this common-sense concept the norm in the United States. When we succeed, children will no longer be victims of a system that fosters conflict between parents and traumatizes children in the process. No one should have to endure the experiences that I had as a child, or what my daughter has been experiencing for most of her life.”

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"I am honored to be a part of the National Parents Organization and to support the effort to make shared parenting the presumptive model for divorced families. Social justice comes in many forms, not the least of which is ensuring a child’s right to receive equitable love, care and role modeling from both parents whenever those parents are willing and able to make that commitment. As a child victim of a winner-take-all physical custody system myself, I know how impractical it is to have a healthy, nurturing relationship with the parent whom one merely “visits.” "

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