Election Day Presents Opportunity to Support Shared Parenting

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October 30, 2014

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Election Day Presents Opportunity to Support Shared Parenting
By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, National Parents Organization

Election Day
National Parents Organization urges its members to vote in support of candidates who advocate for shared parenting on Election Day. While we continue national efforts to reform obsolete child custody laws, one of the greatest ways each of our individual members can have an impact is at the polls. Thirty-six states are holding gubernatorial elections. It is a pivotal year for many of you to get out and vote.

Prior to casting your ballot on Election Day, Tuesday November 4, we encourage you to research your local candidates to determine where they stand on shared parenting in instances of divorce or separation. Also consider the incumbents’ voting record, specifically on issues related to child custody. In addition, voters should scrutinize all ballot questions and evaluate how they may impact our modern families.

We hope this pre-election scrutiny translates into informed voter decisions that bring good news for shared parenting, parental equality, and, ultimately, all children throughout the nation who desperately need the love and care of both parents following divorce or separation.

Elected officials, including representatives and judges at many levels, play a critical role in shaping our laws as well as court practices that will heavily influence future child custody results. Now more than ever, it is clear that shared parenting is in the best interest of children’s health and well-being, and as a result, it is imperative that we elect representatives and back ballot initiatives that work toward ensuring more children, especially those whose parents are not together, experience a childhood where both parents are fully engaged in their lives.

It’s important to consider that in the months prior to this election, three different groups of child development researchers and practitioners endorsed shared parenting in most circumstances. Among them is the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, which published the recommendations of 32 family law experts, concluding that “children’s best interests are furthered by parenting plans that provide for continuing and shared parenting relationships.” It is our responsibility to make certain our elected officials hear this news and the greatest way to send the message is through an election. Read more...

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Dear friends,

Please join me in a rare opportunity for personal growth and social reform: the Family Law Reform Conference hosted by Divorce Corp, November 15-16, 2014 in Alexandria, Virginia!

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Establish an Affiliation in Your State

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.

Child or Adult? Massachusetts Can’t Seem to Decide
October 30, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Follow the bouncing child. Or rather, try to guess when the child is a child and when she’s an adult. In Massachusetts at least, it’s not easy to know and in fact you’ll probably have to pay a lawyer to help you figure it out. Read about it here (Boston Globe, 10/19/14). Read more...

“Fugitive Disentitlement Doctrine:” Another Arrow in the Quiver of a Dysfunctional Child Support System
October 27, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
In New York, a parent who flees a jurisdiction in order to avoid paying child support can be denied the right to appeal any orders of arrears or the original order itself. Read about it here (New York Law Journal, 10/27/14).

It’s called the “fugitive disentitlement doctrine” under which fleeing the reach of a court’s jurisdiction automatically voids the fugitive’s right to appeal the order sought to be avoided. Read more...

Nebraska: State Claims Child Protective Agency has ‘No Duty’ to Protect Children
October 26, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Do child protective service agencies have a duty to protect children? Few would argue that they can protect all children. After all, they’re simply unable to guarantee the safety of every child who may be at risk of harm. Here’s the rundown on the poll (Bismarck Tribune, 10/15/14).

OK, so let’s try another question. Do they have a duty to attempt to protect children they know to be at risk? Surely the answer to that question is “Yes.” Indeed, what else is their job? What else do taxpayers hire them to do? When they receive credible information that a child may be at risk of harm, most people would agree that caseworkers have an obligation to investigate the matter and determine, to the best of their ability whether the child is in danger, has been abused or neglected and, if so, what to do next. Again, I think most people would say that’s pretty much their job description. Read more...

New South Wales Enacts Draconian New Rules on Who Can Work with Children
October 24, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Did you have intercourse with your girlfriend when you were in high school? If you did, and you live in New South Wales, Australia, — congratulations! — you’re now disqualified from working with children anywhere, any time in almost any capacity. What’s that? You say that was thirty years ago? Too bad. New regulations automatically prohibit you from working with children. Read more...


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“As an involved grandparent, nothing gives me more satisfaction than working for the next generation of children in Connecticut. National Parents Organization brings like-minded people together to improve outcomes for the children of divorce, and unites Connecticut groups with those working on this cause in other states. Now we are proposing changes to Connecticut’s Child Support Guidelines. The proposed Guidelines empower both parents to maintain households and pay for expenses associated with child rearing. The term “empowered” is important, since they benefit from seeing parents who have responsibility and the means to exercise this responsibility.”

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