September 8, 2016. St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Missouri, "Putting Dad Back in the Family Picture Following Divorce," Quotes Ned Holstein (National Parents Organization)
More doesn’t mean more than the mother; it simply means equal to her when it comes time for a judge to decide physical custody.
September 2, 2016. KZIM KSIM Morning Meeting, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Interviews Linda Reutzel (National Parents Organization of Missouri)
August 28, 2016. Southeast Missourian, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, "New Custody Law For Equal Time For Dads Begins Today; Some Question Law's Relevance," Quotes Ned Holstein (National Parents Organization) And Linda Reutzel (National Parents Organization Of
Supporters see the law as helping good fathers get more time with their children, but others question whether it will make a difference.
National Parents Organization spokesman Burton Taylor said the old law “protected inequality” in custody situations, while the new law “encourages shared custody.”
Taylor acknowledged some people going through divorce have a mistaken view of what the law will do.
“It is not a mandate,” he said. “But the sentiment of the law is to give children as close to equal time with both parents as possible.”
August 17, 2016. The Men's Advocate Show With Linda Gross, "Kids Win With Shared Parenting," Interviews Linda Reutzel (National Parents Organization Of Missouri)
August 29, 2016. St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Missouri, "New Missouri law pushes divorce judges to establish equal child custody time," Quotes Ned Holstein (National Parents Organization) and Linda Reutzel (National Parents Organization of Missouri
It wasn’t the child support, or the divvying up of the couple’s possessions. It was about the time he got with his children. It was so sparse, “I felt like a visitor and not a father.”
Although the circuit court judge in St. Charles County consented that day to joint custody of his two young daughters with his former wife, he was not granted equal time with them.
Nothing negative was brought up in court about his parenting, he said. He made it clear to his attorneys he wanted equal custody. Even so, the judge ruled for a fairly typical custody agreement: He would get the children every other weekend and four hours every Tuesday. Their mother would get the rest.
September 2, 2016. St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Missouri, "Parents, Children Have Reason to Celebrate," By Ned Holstein (National Parents Organization)
At its core, the law just makes sense: Children need two parents, not just one, especially in instances of divorce. A growing body of evidence shows that children desperately want and need shared parenting when their parents split. Unfortunately, sole custody remains the status quo in most states, but the research suggests that children would be better off if more states followed Missouri’s lead in passing HB 1550.
August 27, 2016. Fox 2 Now, St. Louis, Missouri, "New law requires family courts to take closer look at child custody arrangements," Interviews Linda Reutzel (National Parents Organization of Missouri)
"Prior to this law, the courts could or could not answer those questions. This bill forces them to have to answer each one of those," Roberts said.
More than 80 percent of child custody cases in Missouri default primary custody to the child's mother, according to Linda Reutzel with the National Parents Organization of Missouri. Fathers are often granted visitation with their child one night each week and every other weekend.
August 26, 2016. Republic Monitor, Perryville, Missouri, "A 'more equalized approach to child custody' to become law Aug. 28," Quotes Ned Holstein (National Parents Organization) and Linda Reutzel (National Parents Organization of Missouri)
August 26, 2016. Roanoke Times, Roanoke, Virginia, "Nelson: On National Women's Equality Day, parental inequality persists," By Chris Nelson (National Parents Organization of Virginia)
While equality for women is celebrated in this country, there are still some areas plagued with inequality. In this era of converging of gender roles, it may be surprising to learn one of those areas where inequality persists is in our family courts.
Unless they’ve been exposed to the family court system, most people are unaware a problem even exists. In fact, many people, including many of our legislators, don’t realize that the system is broken. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.
August 20, 2016. The Missourian, Washington, Missouri, Shared Parenting Law Will Take Effect Aug. 28, Quotes Ned Holstein (National Parents Organization)
Previously known as HB 1550, the law “creates a more equalized approach to child custody and visitation,” according to the governor’s office.
August 18, 2016. Hot 103 Jamz, Kansas City, Missouri, Julee Jonez Zone Interviews Linda Reutzel (National Parents Organization)
For the sake of your children.
The Missouri law that supports shared parenting (also called 50/50 child custody) after divorce was signed into law by Gov. Jay Nixon and takes effect Aug. 28. Previously known as HB 1550, the law “creates a more equalized approach to child custody and visitation,” according to the Governor’s office.
August 17, 2016. The Missouri Times, Jefferson City, Missouri, Shared custody law to take effect this month, Quotes Ned Holstein (National Parents Organization) and Linda Reutzel (National Parents Organization of Missouri)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Some changes to child custody agreements will take place later this month as one of the less controversial bills from the 2016 legislative session becomes law.
HB 1550 will change shared custody agreements to encourage more shared parenting after a divorce and takes effect Aug. 28.
“Children need and benefit from having both parents actively involved in their lives,” said Rep. Kathryn Swan, R-Cape Girardeau, a supporter of the bill. “The shared parenting bill is a child-centered bill. It prohibits courts from adopting a cookie-cutter default custody order or plan.”
Under the new law, the court must consider relevant factors and enter written findings of fact and conclusions of law. It also prohibits a court from presuming that one parent, based solely on his or her sex, is more qualified than the other parent to act as custodian for the child.
August 3, 2016. Boston Herald Drive, Boston, Massachusetts, Interviews Ned Holstein (National Parents Organization)
August 16, 2016. 921 News, Butler, Missouri, 'More Equalized Approach to Child Custody" to Become Law Aug. 28, Quotes Ned Holstein (National Parents Organization) and Linda Reutzel (National Parents Organization of Missouri)
National Parents Organization (NPO) congratulates the Missouri legislature and Gov. Jay Nixon for acting in the best interest of children by signing the state’s bill promoting shared parenting into law. Previously known as HB 1550, the law “creates a more equalized approach to child custody and visitation,” according to the Governor’s office. The change, which takes effect Aug. 28, is based on the overwhelming amount of research showing shared parenting, or 50/50 custody, after divorce is most beneficial for children’s health and wellbeing, as well as parental and gender equality.
July 24, 2016. Roanoke Times, Roanoke, Virginia, "Paasch: How Virginia Can Help Children," By Kristen and Christian Paasch (National Parents Organization of Virginia)
Even reading straight from the legislation that created National Parents Day, we can see that our country’s leadership recognizes the importance of parents in children’s lives, specifically calling out our nation’s “struggles with effects of family breakdown, youth violence and a host of other critical problems.” This intrinsic need does not diminish with time – it is part of us, as human beings, to want to know both of our parents.
Therefore, it is especially sad (and surprising) to know that 86 percent of children in divorced families live primarily with one parent, with the other parent being relegated to the status of “visitor” with a cookie-cutter amount of “visitation” assigned to them. In very rare instances, it might be appropriate to limit the amount of time children see one parent; however, in the vast majority of families, both parents are “fit” caregivers, and children overwhelmingly want to maintain a relationship with both parents.
July 5, 2016. Parent Herald, "How to Fight the Wrath of Parental Alienation With Love and Faith," Features National Parents Organization
June 27, 2016. Washington Examiner, Washington, D.C., "Missouri Looks to Equalize Custody Laws," Quotes Ned Holstein (National Parents Organization)
Missouri's proposed legislation pushes judges to order shared parent custody arrangements and requires courts to disclose the reasoning behind any other arrangement ruled by the judge. The bill also creates parental outlines for joint custody agreements and mandates that family courts can't assume a parent is more qualified than the other parent based on gender.
June 18, 2016. Jefferson City News-Tribune, Jefferson City, Missouri, "Advocating for 50/50 Parenting in Custody Cases," Quotes Linda Reutzel (National Parents Organization of Missouri)
June 18, 2016. Fulton Sun, Fulton, Missouri, "Advocating for 50/50 Parenting in Custody Cases," Quotes Linda Reutzel (National Parents Organization of Missouri)
"It's a mandate from our legislators telling judges and lawyers that our family court is not doing what is in the best interest of the children," she said. "Children need and want equal access to both fit and willing parents."
June 18, 2016. WND, "Don't Forget the Single Dad on Father's Day," By Ned Holstein (National Parents Organization)
Today, single fathers are noticed very little even though they are big – about 25 to 35 percent of all fathers are non-custodial, or single, dads, and a tiny percentage are sole-custody parents. Even on Father’s Day, we typically imagine the standard two-parent family. Here are three things about the single dad “truck” we need to know if we want a better life for all our children.
June 17, 2016. The Hill, Washington, D.C., "Hillary Fights for Fathers’ Rights -- or Does She?" By Ned Holstein (National Parents Organization)
A recent Boston Globe article “Hillary Clinton Stands Up for Man in Child Custody Case”describes a 1978 custody case tried by Hillary Clinton in tiny Rison, Arkansas. It illustrates the political and monetary corruption of the family courts, corruption that persists to this day.
June 17, 2016. NBC 8 KOMU, Columbia, Missouri, "Father's Rights Movement Group Fights for Equal Time with Children," Quotes Linda Reutzel (National Parents Organization of Missouri)
The National Parents Organization invited Governor Jay Nixon to sign Missouri's shared parenting legislation at the annual rally.
June 16, 2016. Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Virginia Law Should Make More Room for Fathers," By Cole Bockenfeld (National Parents Organization of Virginia)
Working dads who live with their kids now spend an average of three hours a day with them, and virtually all bathe, change, eat with and play with their kids every day — or at least several times a week. Altogether, fathers have more than doubled the time they spend doing chores at home and nearly tripled the time they spend with their kids, while women have increased their time spent doing paid work. Significant gender gaps remain, but when you combine paid work with household chores and child care, moms and dads put in roughly the same amount of time for their families.
June 16, 2016. The Dallas Morning News, "Why Texas CPS Needs Dads," By Robert Franklin (National Parents Organization)
Two years ago, an independent audit by the Stephen Group found a whopping turnover rate of CPS caseworkers of 25.5 percent per year and caseworkers so burdened by paperwork that they spend barely one-fourth of their time with the kids they’re supposed to be protecting. Texas pays starting caseworkers rock-bottom rates and buries them with caseloads exceeding twice the industry standards. No wonder so many leave.