April 29, 2014
By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, National Parents Organization

With our founder and chair, Ned Holstein, MD, MS, being a founding member of the International Council on Shared Parenting, National Parents Organization is promoting shared parenting internationally. This includes promoting the work our Canadian neighbors are doing to pass Bill C-560, a private members Bill to amend Canada’s federal Divorce Act to introduce a rebuttable presumption of equal shared parenting.

In response to the debate in the Canadian media and in the Canadian Parliament to date, our Canadian colleagues have collaborated on a document which focusses on the substantive issues and which dispels the rhetoric of opponents. The document, called: Myths and Facts Concerning Bill C-560 also addresses universal concerns, with well-crafted responses, to shared parenting. 

Ned Holstein serves on the Board of Directors and the Scientific Committee of the new umbrella organization, International Council on Shared Parenting. Knowing the importance of passing shared parenting legislation in other countries to our own work in the United States, National Parents Organization is asking our members to encourage members of the Canadian Parliament to pass Bill C-560 for the children of Canada.

Brian Ludmer, a founder of Lawyers for Shared Parenting, sent this letter to the Canadian Parliament. In it are the email addresses for members of the Canadian Parliament who serve on the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, as well as the names of the leaders of the various Canadian federal parties and key Ministers. Their contact information is available on the Parliament of Canada website. Ask each of them to support Bill C-560 by sending the Bill to Committee for further study. Tell them this is in the best interests of our children.

Many of our members email, call, and write letters to support the work of affiliates in other states. It is equally important for us to support the work of fellow activists in other countries. Join Lawyers for Shared Parenting and Canadian Equal Parenting Council in working to pass this legislation.

National Parents Organization and Robert Franklin have regularly written about shared parenting legislation in Canada.


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