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May 16, 2013

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.
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Arkansas Favors Joint Custody
By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director,
National Parents Organization

Arkansas enacted legislation, Act 1156, concerning child custody presumption in divorce cases. It specifies that in an action for divorce, an award of joint custody is favored in Arkansas.

Obviously, National Parents Organization would prefer a presumption of joint custody. But, this is a step. The legislation also stipulates that if one of the parents “demonstrates a pattern of willfully creating conflict,” the court may change a joint custody order to a primary custody order and award that custody to the nondisruptive parent.

The act defines joint custody as, “the approximate and reasonable equal division of time with the child by both parents.”

Congratulations to National Parents Organization member John Hubbard and family law attorney Betty J. Hardy, Esq . for working with their legislators to introduce this important change in Arkansas child custody. It is an opportunity to educate Arkansas legislators and judges about the importance of shared parenting.

Senators Jon Woods (R-7) and Jane English (R-34) with Representatives Mark Lowery (R-39), Randy Alexander (R-88), Micah Neal (R-89), Eddie Armstrong (D-37), John Baine (D-7), and Bob Ballinger (R-97) introduced this legislation and fought for the children of Arkansas
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“I have been a step-parent for over 20 years and now am a doting grandmother to two beautiful granddaughters. By spending time with my step-children through the years, I have seen first-hand the wants and needs of children whose parents are divorced or separated. I believe children deserve the opportunity to love and to spend time with both of their parents equally through shared parenting.”

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Kansas Seeking Parents to Review Child Support Guidelines
By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director,
National Parents Organization

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This is an opportunity for a dedicated National Parents Organization member. Please let me know if you submit your application for one of the four parents’ position on the Kansas Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee.

The Kansas Supreme Court is seeking four parents who are either child support payors or recipients to serve on the Kansas Supreme Court Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee. This is a responsible volunteer position serving as a voting member of the committee. It is not necessary to have an active child support case to be considered for membership on the committee.

The primary function of the Kansas Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee is to review the general rules governing how child support is established, evaluate the economic basis of the guidelines and analyze how courts may use adjustments to tailor child support obligations to meet the needs of the family. Committee members have an integral role in making recommendations to the Kansas Supreme Court regarding modifications to the Kansas Child Support Guidelines. Members are appointed to 4-year terms and receive reimbursement for travel expenses at the same rate of reimbursement as state employees.

All applications will be reviewed and you will be contacted by phone or email if you are selected to be interviewed for further consideration. Persons selected for recommendation to the Kansas Supreme Court will go through the standard process used for selecting court volunteers, judges, and attorneys. This includes a criminal history background investigation, interviewing references, and reviewing the applicant's relevant case(s) on file with the district or municipal courts.

Applications will be accepted until all four community member positions have been filled.

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 built an affiliate in your state.

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