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National Parents Organization is working to bring awareness to the issues with family court and the need for reform and for shared parenting across the country. When people learn about our issues they overwhelmingly support shared parenting; this support leads to changes in laws and practices. Here are some of the national outlets where National Parents Organization has been featured:

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November 21, 2019 by Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian

Area lawmakers will introduce bills for the 2020 state legislative session addressing everything from shared parenting to texting while driving.

Lawmakers can pre-file bills beginning next month.

State Sen. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, said his top priority is to pass a shared-parenting bill. It would create a “rebuttal presumption” for parents in child-custody cases to receive equal time with their children, he said.

He introduced similar legislation last session, but it failed to pass.

“This is going to be a big push for me,” he said. “Most fatherlessness is created by outdated court systems, not abandonment, so I want to get that corrected.”

State Rep. Kathy Swan, R-Cape Girardeau, plans to offer a similar bill in the House. The goal, she said, is to force judges to start with the premise parents should be granted equal time with their children unless there is evidence showing such a move is not warranted.

Read the full article at the Southeast Missourian

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November 9, 2019 By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian

State Rep. Kathy Swan and state Sen. Wayne Wallingford are pushing legislation for shared parenting in custody cases.

The two Republican, Cape Girardeau lawmakers met recently with shared-parenting advocates in Cape Girardeau.

A documentary, “Erasing Family,” was shown Oct. 29 at The Concourse event center. The film explores the trauma experienced by children “when a loving, fit parent is erased from their lives due to separation and divorce,” said Linda Reutzel, who chairs the Missouri chapter of the National Parents Organization.

“Parents going through divorce should not fear losing significant parenting time with their children and, even more importantly, children should not feel abandoned by one of their parents,” she said in a news release.

Read more at The Southeast Missourian

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Fox News published a story about National Parents Organization's 2019 Shared Parenting Report Card. They noted that the states did slightly better than in 2014, with the average grade going from a D+ to a C-. 

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US News and World Report published a story on NPO's Shared Parenting Report Card. They noted that "the number of states that are considered a 'shared parenting state' (meaning they earned a C grade or better) increased from 26 in 2014 to 34 in 2019, but 17 states still remain in the D or F range."

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Originally published August 30, 2019 in the Courier Journal 

National Parents Organization's own Matt Hale has an op-ed in the Courier Journal in Kentucky, who used court statistics to debunk many myths about shared parenting. Some key takeaways:

"Kentucky’s family court caseload and domestic violence cases had been rising, which is expected because our state’s population is increasing. But, in early July 2017, that trend abruptly stopped and family court cases and domestic violence filings began declining..."

"The year before Kentucky had any shared parenting laws, beginning July 14, 2016, and lasting 365 days, there were 22,512 family court cases filed. They declined to 21,847 the year the partial shared parenting law began. When the complete shared parenting law took effect in the last 12 months, new cases plummeted to 19,991. In other words, Kentucky’s families filed to sue each other in family court more than 11% less despite the state’s population growth..."

"Domestic violence claims declined by 248 in 2017 when the partial shared parenting law was enacted. Further, the decline of domestic violence accelerated by dropping an additional 445 cases as the complete shared parenting law took effect in 2018 versus the prior year... "

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Originally published August 18, 2019 in the Times Reporter out of Tuscawaras County, Ohio

By Don Hubin, Ph.D.

Viruses, whether of the biological or computer variety, are bad. But “going viral” can be very good, especially when what is going viral is good for children. And, it looks as if the Tuscarawas County Court of Common Pleas is “patient 0″ for a virtuous virus that is, fortunately, spreading to some of its neighboring counties.

Last year, National Parents Organization (NPO) conducted a study of the standard parenting time guidelines that each Ohio domestic relations court is required to establish. We wanted to see which courts were promoting equal shared parenting—a model of separated parenting that decades of scientific research show is usually best for children whose parents are living apart.

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Member of our Board of Directors and Chair of our Ohio chapter Don Hubin details the changes Clermont County made to their parenting time guidelines that warranted changing their grade from a C+ to an A in NPO's Ohio Parenting Time Report. As Don writes, For decades, we have known that the thing that troubles children most about parental separation is the damage to their relationship with one of their parents." and now Clermont County recognizes this as well. Read the entire op-ed here.

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Linda Reutzel writes in the Southeast Missourian of her experiences with family court and how even though Missouri did not pass its shared parenting bill this year, there haves still been successes in the state. Read the full column here

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The Pioneer News has an excellent article on the Chair of our Kentucky affiliate, Matt Hancock. They also spoke to Matt Hale, former Chair and current member of the National Board of Directors on the decision to appoint Hancock the new Chair and the progress NPO has made in Kentucky. Read the full article here. 

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Matt Hale and Linda Reutzel wrote about the tale of two girls, one in Missouri (where there is no shared parenting law) and one in Kentucky (where the first shared parenting law in the nation was passed) for Divorce Magazine. The stark differences between the experiences of the these two girls shows just why we need shared parenting around the country. Read the full story here. 

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Matt Hancock, Chair of the Kentucky chapter of National Parents Organization, wrote an op-ed for the Courier-Journal of Louisville on the importance of Shared Parenting Day for children. April 26 was declared Shared Parenting Day by Governor Bevin to mark the one year anniversary of Kentucky's first in the nation shared parenting law, which has been overwhelmingly popular. The op-ed also mention's NPO's own Matt Hale, who was the driving force for a day to acknowledge the law. Read the entire article here.

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The Oldham Era out of Kentucky has an article featuring NPO's own Matt Hale, a driving force behind Kentucky's first in the nation shared parenting law. The article discusses Governor Matt Bevin's decision to name April 26 "Shared Parenting Day" in Kentucky to commemorate Kentucky's shared parenting law. The article also features Alexandra Beckman of NPO of Kentucky. Read the full article here. 

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This article originally ran in the Kentucky Era

In the wake of last year’s legislative approval of a law on shared parenting, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed today Shared Parenting Day.

The proclamation reflects the need for parents to share equally in parenting their children during times of divorce or separation and Kentucky’s role in highlighting the issue.

According to the proclamation, Kentucky became the first true shared parenting state in the nation with the signing of House Bill 528 on April 26, 2018.

That bill was sponsored by Rep. Jason Petrie, who represents House District 16 including Todd, Logan and Warren counties.

He also sponsored a related bill in 2017.

Petrie said the proclamation brings attention to Kentucky’s leadership role in the matter.

“We’re leading the country on this issue,” he said.

The proclamation defines shared parenting as an arrangement where parents who are separated or divorced are given equal decision-making abilities and equal parenting time.

U.S. statistics note that children raised by single parents account for more than half of teen suicides as well as juveniles in state-operated institutions, high school dropouts, children in chemical abuse centers, those in prison, children who exhibit behavioral disorders, and homeless and runaway children, the proclamation said.   

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Thanks to the efforts of NPO's own Matt Hale, member of our Board of Directors and key player in the passage of Kentucky's first in the nation shared parenting day, Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky has declared April 26 "Shared Parenting Day." Read the whole article here.

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The Mountain Advocate in Kentucky has an article by NPO's Matt Hale on April 26 being named "Shared Parenting Day" in Kentucky to commemorate Kentucky's first in the nation shared parenting law. This date is also important because it is one day after Parental Alienation Awareness Day. Read the entire article here. 

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The Herald Dispatch in West Virginia published an op-ed by Matt Hale, Member of National Parent's Organization's Board of Directors, asking West Virginia to help the new NPO West Virginia chapter pass shared parenting legislation like their neighbors in Kentucky and Virginia that would give children what they want and need- both of their parents. Read the full op-ed here. 

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Sherman Smith of the Kansan interviewed Will Mitchell, Chair of the Kansas chapter of National Parents Organization, on his team's efforts to pass shared parenting legislation in Kansas and how Kansas' current "winner take all" system is detrimental to children. Read the full article here. 

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Matt Hale, Member of National Parents Organization's Board of Directors and a key person in the passage of the first in the nation Kentucky shared parenting law, asks those in Illinois to support Illinois' own shared parenting bill, HB 185. Read the full article here.

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National Parents Organization Founder Ned Holstein spoke to The Indiana Lawyer about the importance of shared parenting. Check out the article here.

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The Mountain Advocate in Kentucky published a guest column by NPO's Matt Hale on the popularity of Kentucky's first in the nation shared parenting law. Legislators who supported the shared parenting law were overwhelmingly reelected while those who did not support it were not. Read the full article here. 

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Matt Hale, Member of the National Board of Directors and member of the Kentucky chapter of NPO and Dr. Ryan Schroeder, Professor of Sociology are interviewed by Spectrum News on Kentucky's first in the nation shared parenting law. Watch the video here. 

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Member of the Board of Directors and Member of the Kentucky chapter of National Parents Organization, Matt Hale, writes in The Daily Independent about the fantastic election successes of Kentucky lawmakers who supported Kentucky's first in the nation shared parenting law. Read the whole article here.

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Spectrum News 1 in Louisville, Kentuck has an article and video on Kentucky's first in the nation shared parenting law as well as the story of Matt Hale and his family, who worked for six years to get this momentous law passed.  From the article:" 'Children their best interest is seeing both parents equally as long as the parents meet a list of 11 factors and those factor include such things as positive mental and physical health proximity to each other and there can be no domestic violence things like that,' Hale said." Read the entire article and watch the video here.

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