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October 29, 2015

NPO Logo National Parents Organization improves the lives of children and strengthens society by protecting every child's right to the love and care of both parents after separation or divorce. We seek better lives for children through family court reform that establishes equal rights and responsibilities for fathers and mothers.
December Conference in Germany on Shared Parenting a Unique Opportunity
By Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Acting Executive Director, National Parents Organization
Don’t forget to register for the December 9th through 11th conference of the International Council on Shared Parenting in Bonn, Germany described in last week’s newsletter, it will give you access to important information on shared parenting that is not widely available in the U.S. This information could help in your individual case. And professionals will need this information to remain fully informed on one of the most important issues of the day.

Here is a link to the program, and here is another link to registration and accommodations. Register right away for this unique conference! I’ll see you there!


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Maryland Revs Up Meetings/Videos

By Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Acting Executive Director, National Parents Organization
On October 3, a good crowd turned out to view the hard-hitting documentary, DivorceCorp, sponsored by the Maryland chapter of National Parents Organization in Laurel, Maryland. The film, directed by Joseph Sorge and narrated by Dr. Drew, sheds light on the ways in which family courts operate as a “big business” that profits at the expense of families.

This will soon be followed up with meetings at which members who wish to tell their family court stories will be videotaped. These will be put on our website, and used for general public education/media purposes, and to show Maryland legislators who so far are not getting the “shared parenting message.”

Those who are interested in organizing or attending these meetings should contact National Parents Organization Maryland coordinator, Aaron Bates, at [email protected] and 240-560-8817

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National Parents Organization Moving Forward in Virginia
By Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Acting Executive Director, National Parents Organization
“Child Support Guidelines” refers to a formula that determines how much child support is required to be paid. Each state writes its own Guidelines. Typically, a state’s formula takes into account things such as how many children there are, how old they are, and the income of each parent. In a few states, it also takes into account how the parenting time is divided between the parents.

Under federal law, each state must review its Child Support Guidelines at least every four years. But it does not necessarily have to change the formula after reviewing it.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has appointed a Review Panel to review the Virginia Guidelines. Christian Paasch, who chairs the National Parents Organization of Virginia, was among those appointed by Governor McAuliffe to the Review Panel. This means that National Parents Organization will have a voice in improving the formula, as we have in several other states such as Ohio and Massachusetts.

Meanwhile, National Parents Organization has been successful in gaining media attention to our ideas and activism. Shared parenting is promoted in a recent op-ed by Christian Paasch in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and by Christopher Nelson in the Roanoke Times. In addition, Christian had a great radio interview on shared parenting and other family court issues.

The message of the family court reform movement is being heard more than ever before.


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National Parents Organization Members Push for Shared Parenting Legislation in Massachusetts
By Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Acting Executive Director, National Parents Organization
Massachusetts members continue to support shared parenting legislation with phone calls to their legislators. Recently, the in-boxes of numerous legislators became full due to these efforts (although it is not our intention to harass or cause inconvenience). And soon there will be membership meetings around the state to plan further actions in support of Senate Bill S834. If you are willing to help organize a meeting in your area, contact our Organizer, Bram Haver, at [email protected]. Bram will give you all the help you need.

Meanwhile, our op-eds or stories supporting Senate Bill S834 have run in the Boston Globe, Lowell Sun, Metro-West Daily News, the Salem News, the Springfield Republican, the Dighton Tab, the Rehoboth Tab, the Somerset Tab, the Swansea Tab, the Westport Tab and the North Attleboro Tab

If we all work together, we will get this bill passed.


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