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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
National Parents Organization Founder Ned Holstein spoke to The Indiana Lawyer about the importance of shared parenting. Check out the article here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Virginian-Pilot has published an op-ed by Christian Paasch, Co-Chair of the Virginia chapter of National Parents Organization, on the successes of a law passed in Arizona and how passing a full shared parenting law would similarly benefit Virginia. Paasch writes, "Shared parenting is a flexible option that gives judges wide latitude in ordering parenting time arrangements, while still allowing judges to protect victims of abuse, when required. It is the modern, responsible solution today’s families and children need from the family court system." Read the full op-ed here.
NPO Executive Director Petra Maxwell penned a letter to the editor appearing in the October 12, 2018 edition of the Columbus Dispatch (Ohio):
"NPO has worked tirelessly to promote true shared parenting of children when parents live apart.
"The women leaders of NPO want to make clear that this issue is not “boys vs. girls” or “moms vs. dads.” To try to cast it as a skirmish in the gender wars is to diminish its significance and ultimately hurts children, which no reasonable person would want."
The Oldham Era
in Oldham County, KY has an article on the first in the nation Kentucky shared parenting law and its roots in Oldham County through National Parents Organization Chair of the Kentucky chapter Matt Hale, as well as bill sponsors Rep. Jason Nemes, and Speaker Pro Tempore David Osborne. The article also notes the bill's bipartisan support in the legislature and its popularity among those in Kentucky. Read the full article here.
In honor of Suicide Awareness Prevention Month, Dan Deuel of National Parents Organization of Utah has an op-ed in the Standard Examiner
on the increased risk of suicide in divorced men and how NPO's advocacy for family court reform that would maintain parent-child relationships is good for all parents. Read the op-ed here.
The NPO Ohio County Parenting Time Report is getting a lot of recognition by the media! The Columbus Dispatch has an op-ed
by Chair of the Ohio chapter and Member of the Board of Directors Don Hubin on how the different family courts in Ohio counties have different default parenting time schedules and how most counties are not making decisions in the best interest of children. Read it here.
WUKY in Kentucky has an article
on their website on Kentucky's first in the nation shared parenting law. Polls show that the law is popular among those in Kentucky. The spoke to Chair of the Kentucky chapter Matt Hale about the new law and how it would benefit children. Read the full article here.
Ashland, Kentucky's Daily Independent has an article that reveals the results of a recent poll showing that 84% of those in Kentucky agree that children would benefit from equal time with both parents after divorce. They also interviewed Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, who spoke of the positive nature of the law for children. Read the article here.
Ashland, Kentucky's The Daily Independent has written a staff editorial
naming Kentucky's first in the nation shared parenting law "long overdue." They spoke with Chair of the Kentucky chapter of NPO Matt Hale, who explained that the law offers exceptions in cases with proof of domestic violence. You can read the full editorial here.
Member of the National Board of Directors and Chaird of the Ohio Chapter Don Hubin has an op-ed on Fox New Online here
. In it he discusses the NPO Ohio Parenting Time Report that shockingly revealed that custody outcomes vary widely among the counties in Ohio.