August 30, 2019 Courier Journal "Kentucky's popular joint-custody law shows why it's the most effective at helping families" Matt Hale, National Board of Directors
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... "
August 18, 2019 The Times Reporter "Guest opinion: A Virtuous Virus: Tuscarawas County Court of Common Pleas Leads the Way" Don Hubin, Ph.D., National Parents Organization of 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.
July 19, 2019 The Clermont Sun "The Court of Common Pleas promotes children’s best interest" Don Hubin, National Parents Organization of Ohio
July 13, 2019 Southeast Missourian "When a loss is a win for Missouri's kids" Linda Reutzel, National Parents Organization of Missouri
June 13, 2019 The Pioneer News "Local man helps fathers across state to see kids" Matt Hancock, National Parents Organization of Kentucky
June 7, 2019 Divorce Magazine "Happy Father’s Day: A Tale of Two Girls" Matt Hale and Linda Reutzel, National Board of Directors
May 24, 2019 The Courier Journal "Shared Parenting Day a time of celebration for Kentucky's children" Matt Hancock, National Parents Organization of Kentucky
May 8, 2019 The Oldham Era "Kentucky becomes first US state to have Shared Parenting Day" Matt Hale, National Board of Directors
April 26, 2019 Kentucky New Era "Proclamation Emphasizes Shared Parenting" Matt Hale, National Board of Directors
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.
April 26, 2019 The State Journal "April 26 declared shared parenting day" Matt Hale, National Board of Directors
April 25, 2019 The Mountain Advocate "Kentucky Families Have an Anniversary to Celebrate on April 26" Matt Hale, National Board of Directors
February 10, 2019 The Herald Dispatch "Matt Hale: WV needs to adopt shared parenting law" Matt Hale, National Parents Organization Board of Directors
January 31, 2019 The Kansan "Group seeks shared parenting time in Kansas divorces" Will Mitchell, National Parents Organization of Kansas
January 30, 2019 The Journal Standard "My View: Will 2019 bring Illinois’ children the gift of both parents?" Matt Hale, National Parents Organization Board of Directors
January 9, 2019 The Indiana Lawyer "Fathers perceive family court bias; bill seeks presumption of equal parenting time" Ned Holstein, Founder, National Parents Organization
December 8, 2018 The Mountain Advocate "Voters give Kentucky’s new shared parenting law an A plus" Matt Hale, National Board of Directors
November 30, 2018 Spectrum News 1 "In Focus: National Parents Organization Explains House Bill 528" Matt Hale, National Parents Organization of Kentucky
November 29, 2018 The Daily Independent "Opinion: Shared parenting law has fantastic election day" Matt Hale, National Parents Organization of Kentucky
October 30, 2018 Spectrum News 1 "New Law for Shared Parenting in Kentucky" Matt Hale, National Parents Organization of Kentucky
October 23, 2018 The Virginian-Pilot "Custody law should value what's best for children" Christian Paasch, National Parents Organization of Virginia
October 12, 2018 The Columbus Dispatch "Letter: Gender wars hurt children of divorce" Petra Maxwell, National Executive Director, National Parents Organization
"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."