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May 14, 2014

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Make Shared Parenting Happen NOW in Massachusetts
May 14, 2014 By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, National Parents Organization

Ned Holstein
Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Chair, National Parents Organization
There is a great shared parenting bill that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says he “enthusiastically supports.” But he has not submitted it to the Legislature as his bill. It was developed by the Governor’s Working Group, which included our founder and chair Ned Holstein, MD, MS.

NOW is the time for the Governor to send the legislation to the Legislature that HIS Working Group produced as HIS bill. This is the only way Governor Patrick’s legislation will become law this year in Massachusetts.

Everyone can call the Governor’s office.  Call Governor Deval Patrick's office - Rosemary Powers, Deputy Chief of Staff for Government Affairs; 617.725.4090. Ask her to have the Governor sponsor the child custody bill prepared by HIS Working Group and send it to the Legislature as HIS bill. Report your results to me.

Make it your goal to get two friends or family members to do the same thing.

According to Holstein, “Governor Patrick, who initiated the development of the proposed new custody statute, has publicly stated, “I enthusiastically support it.” However, the legislation requires the Governor to do more. He must actively push his bill for this vision to become reality.” Read more...

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It is spring, when we pause for a celebration of new life. I am a daughter, a stepdaughter, a mother, and a stepmother. On this beautiful day when we honor sacred role of the caring mother, I am so grateful for the hours and years of love and nurture I have had from my mother and from my stepmother. I am so thankful for the immeasurable joy that my children and stepchildren have brought to me. Read more...

Myth versus Facts Regarding Vellacott’s Shared Parenting Bill
May 11, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
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Grant Brown Rips Canadian Family Courts
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Scottish Dad Takes on Family Law Industry
May 8, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
So we think we’ve got it bad in the United States. In many ways we do, but this article tells us the situation for fathers in other parts of the English-speaking world are distinctly worse (STV, 5/6/14). And, as bad as married fathers have it, it’s far worse for unmarried dads. Here in the U.S. some 42% of children are born to unmarried mothers and that means that a similar percentage have unmarried fathers. Read more...

Tulsa World Corrects Editorial on Veto of Bill to Enforce Visitation
May 8, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
A couple of days ago I wrote a piece on the Tulsa World’s editorial endorsing the veto by Governor Mary Fallin of a bill that would have very modestly increased the ability of non-custodial parents to enforce their visitation rights. It would have allowed a non-custodial parent who was denied access to a child for six months or more the right to go to court and request that child support be suspended for the period of the denial. The measure passed by unanimous votes of both houses of the legislature only to go down to Fallin’s veto. Read more...


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"Facts show those younger children whose parents have equal shared custody are doing better emotionally, psychologically, academically and socially. Unfortunately, the Connecticut family court system has always been about one parent winning, and the other losing. Working with National Parents Organization we can help create an Equally Shared Parenting Task Force in the Connecticut Legislature. The purpose would be to create a law that would improve the lives of our children by experiencing direct support, love, and care from both parents and extended families."

By Paul Schaffer, Member, Connecticut Executive Committee