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July 30, 2015

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Pass Massachusetts S.B. 834!
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
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National Parents Organization had a huge win this year in Utah.The Beehive State passed the most far-reaching shared parenting bill ever in the United States save possibly for Arizona’s. That law encourages judges to order a minimum of 145 days parenting time — 40% — for each parent post-divorce.

Now NPO is trying to build success on success with the passage of S.B. 834 in Massachusetts. That bill is the culmination of two years of work by a working group whose mission was set in motion by then-Governor Duvall Patrick. All the major interests were represented on the working group, and of course NPO’s Ned Holstein was one of the driving forces behind hammering out proposed legislation. That legislation would set one-third as the minimum parenting time a judge can order. The bill reads, Read more...

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Sign the Petition!
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Here’s a petition to the White House urging the Obama Administration to throw its weight behind shared parenting. Here’s how it reads:

Too many children of divorced parents are currently harmed by the existing divorce laws. The current laws are heavily biased, in words and in practice, toward assigning custody to only ONE of the parents. The other parent is left with little to no parenting time at all and yet they are burdened with the obligation to pay excessive and disproportionate amount of child support. These parents are often forced by the court to enter a spiral of bankruptcy and jail time. The victims of these outdated and harmful divorce laws are the CHILDREN who lost the support of one of their loving parents. While divorce laws are mostly state matters, the President has the bully pulpit that he can use to bring this into national highlight and I am pleading with him to help right this wrong.


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NPO’s Franklin Appears on WCHE, Philadelphia
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
When we’re not arm-twisting in the halls of state legislatures, NPO is hard about the task of spreading the word about the need for shared parenting. To that end, NPO’s Robert Franklin was honored to appear on WCHE, 1520 AM in Philadelphia this past Monday. Here’s a link to the audio.

The program was Julie Sherwin’s parenting show and Sherwin provided one of the best endorsements for shared parenting we at NPO have ever heard. The program lasted half an hour and Sherwin proved to be both a knowledgeable interviewer and an excellent proponent for shared parenting. Listen to the audio transcript of the show and please let Sherwin know how much you appreciate her efforts.

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By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
In that same vein, here’s a list of recent articles, appearances and quotes by NPO board members and volunteers. As usual, NPO is at the forefront of the campaign to raise awareness of the importance of shared parenting.

July 1, 2015. Hartford Courant, “New Study: 'Shared Parenting' is Best for Kids After Divorce” (Quotes National Parents Organization)

July 2, 2015. New York Daily News"How to tell your kids you’re getting divorced" (Quotes National Parents Organization)

July 16, 2015. WAQY Bax & O’Brien Mornings, “Ned Holstein Founder and Chair of the National Parents Organization”

July 16, 2015. iHeartRadio Talk Radio KNRS 105.7 FM & 570 AM “Rod Arquette Show,” “Ned Holstein, Founder and Board Chair of the National Parents Organization, joins Rod” (Interviews National Parents Organization)


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The Human Brain and Parental Behavior, Part Two
July 27, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
This post continues from yesterday’s.

The study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences continues by laying out its background. Read more...

Breakthrough Study: Mothers’ and Fathers’ Brains Much the Same in Parenting
July 26, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

I’m no scientist. So this post will come mostly from this study that came out a little over a year ago (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 5/1/14). There’s little I can add to what the authors say, but will attempt to say what I think the findings mean regarding their potential to impact family law. For now though, suffice it to say that the conclusions the authors draw are vital to our understanding of parenting and how parental behavior comes about. Read more...

Do it Today! Support Massachusetts S.B. 834! Make Shared Parenting a Reality!
July 24, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
In Massachusetts, the push to enact SB 834 has begun. SB 834 is one bill to result from the two years of work by the Working Group on Child-Centered Family Laws convened by Governor Duval Patrick in 2012. The National Parents Organization was honored to be a part of that working group. Read more...

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Boston Globe Calls for Child Support Reform
July 22, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
At the same time Massachusetts is considering significant changes to its custody law, comes this salutary editorial on child support (Boston Globe, 7/20/15). Encouragingly, it says a lot that’s right about who pays child support, who falls behind and why. By itself, that’s a breath of fresh air. It truly seems that the days are gone when the only commentary on child support consisted of new ways to denigrate “deadbeat dads.” Now, at least the basics seem to be understood. Read more...

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