USA Today Reports: States Fail on Shared Parenting Laws

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November 26, 2014

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USA Today Reports: States Fail on Shared Parenting Laws
By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, National Parents Organization

2014 Shared Parenting Report Card
National Parents Organization is encouraging its members and friends to share recent media coverage of National Parents Organization’s inaugural Shared Parenting Report Card. The media attention heightens awareness of the need for child custody reform and supports shared parenting. Spread the news to as many people as possible! We need to win in the court of public opinion in order to move us forward on the path toward change in family that has children’s best interests at heart.

National Parents Organization Released its Shared Parenting Report Card on November 13. The report is the nation’s first study to issue each state a grade, A through F, on the degree to which state statutes support shared parenting. Following the report card’s release, national media, including USA Today, as well as television, radio, print and online media in numerous states, including Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and South Dakota have covered the report and shared parenting.

A few highlights of the extensive news coverage include:
  • The USA Today story “Report: States fail on shared parenting laws” reported, “The difficulty in convincing state lawmakers to buck tradition was reflected in a first-ever report card released Thursday by the National Parents Organization. The study evaluated state custody laws and found that most of them are not friendly to shared parenting.” The newspaper interviewed National Parents Organization Founder and Board Chair Ned Holstein, M.D., M.S. for the story, “Holstein said judges across the country still rely on decades-old research rooted in Freudian psychoanalysis about what's best for children. More recent studies have discredited theories that children should only be with their mothers.” Read more...

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Economist Stephen Moore: Fight Poverty; Keep Families Together
November 24, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
This article is good enough you might believe the author, economist Stephen Moore, has been reading the National Parents Organization blog (Washington Times, 10/31/14). But, come to think of it, it’s not that good. Still, it makes a lot of points that by now should be obvious to everyone. Indeed, the only people not to grasp them seem to be policy-makers. Read more...

Gender Differences in Seeking and Receiving Alimony
November 23, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
If this article is any indication, two of the reasons we still have alimony are sexism and the difference in the sexes (Forbes, 11/20/14). The writer is Emma Johnson and, as her previous three pieces on the subject suggest, she’s got a clear eye on the subject.

That comes with one minor error on her part, one that’s all-too common, given the incurious news media we live with. Read more...


Armin Brott: Shared Parenting Best for Kids, their Parents
November 21, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Here’s a nice plug for equal or substantially equal parenting (Herald Online, 11/21/14). Of course it’s a good plug because it was written by Armin Brott who’s long been one of the most intelligent, best-informed commenters on what’s best for kids when their parents divorce. Indeed, his book, co-authored with the equally excellent Ross Parke, Throwaway Dads, was one of several that, in 1998, opened my eyes to the reality of fathers and the many barriers this culture places between them and their kids. So of course Brott’s article is sound and informative. And of course it backs equal parenting. Read more...

Mom Recorded Trying to Hire Hit Man to Kill Ex-Husband; Retains Custody of Daughter
November 21, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Trial is under way for Tiffany Stevens in Connecticut. Read about it here (6ABC, 11/18/14). That’s to be expected given that police have a recording of her trying to hire a hit man to murder her former husband, Eric Stevens back in 2012. According to the warrant for her arrest, she forked over $5,000 in cash to maintenance man John McDaid who, he says, never had any intention of harming Eric. Instead McDaid took the cash, spent it on himself and told Eric what his ex was up to. From there the police apparently obtained a tape recording of a later meeting between Tiffany and McDaid in which she demands that he “take out” Eric. Read more...

Office of Child Support Enforcement Proposes Constructive New Rules for States
November 20, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Vicki Turetsky is the Commissioner of the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement and, within the understandable parameters of that job, a very good one. As with any bureaucrat, she’s limited in what she can accomplish, but Turetsky has always demonstrated a balanced understanding of the child support system. She’s no “higher support orders mean more support” type of fanatic. “Lock ‘em up and throw away the key” has never been her approach to non-custodial parents who can’t pay. Read more...

 

 
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