May 29, 2018. The Virginian-Pilot, "When Parents Split, New Virginia Law Will Make it Easier to Get Joint Custody," Quotes Christian Paasch, National Parents Organization of Virginia
Some of her clients think the courts favor mothers over fathers. Some mothers think their chances of getting custody are slim because they don’t make enough money.
May 14, 2018. Cincinnati Enquirer, Ohio, "Shared Parenting the Best Option for Children of Divorce," by Matt Hale, National Parents Organization of Kentucky
May 14, 2018. The Herald-Dispatch, Huntington, West Virginia, "Kentucky Child Custody Law a Winner for Youth," By Matt Hale, National Parents Organization of Kentucky
Our country's military families serving at Fort Knox and Fort Campbell will be among the first to benefit. Interracial children will benefit too. "African Americans are more likely to be treated unfairly in family court. The new shared parenting law will give minority parents and children fairer legal outcomes," said Jason Griffith, the Kentucky National Parents Organization's Minority Outreach Director.
May 13, 2018. The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, Virginia, "Shared Parenting Benefits All, Mothers Included," by Kristen Paasch, National Parents Organization of Virginia
Still, in this modern era, people are often surprised to learn just how often courts operate with 1950s assumptions and routinely favor one parent over the other in instances of divorce or separation. Astonishingly, sole custody is awarded to one parent about 83 percent of the time, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, thus creating a confrontational dynamic of winner and loser/visitor.
May 9, 2018. St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri. "On Mothers' Day, Let's Celebrate Shared Parenting," by Linda Reutzel, Chair of National Parents Organization of Missouri
I’m actually a mother and grandmother, my 94-year-old mother is still living, and I have a daughter who I want to be happy and healthy. Motherhood is a blessing to me, and I will readily admit that the challenges of work and nurturing children at home are hard to handle all the time. Of course, that’s the beauty of shared parenting, sharing those responsibilities.
I have met so many women in the Missouri movement toward shared parenting after divorce who are mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers and aunts. This movement couldn’t have had the success its had without women stepping up to the plate. This played a big part in passing into law a bill supportive of shared parenting in 2016, and this year, a proposal seeking to strengthen that law (HB 1667) passed the House and will be heard on the Senate floor any day now.
April 25, 2018. Missouri Times, "Shared Parenting Bill Moving Through Legislature," Quotes Linda Reutzel, National Parents Organization of Missouri
“Research overwhelmingly supports this principle,” said Linda Reutzel. “Equal shared parenting is in the best thing for children…Common sense and research show that the worst thing you can do to a child experiencing the divorce of their parents is to take one of them away.”
May 4, 2018. Lexington Herald-Leader/Kentucky.com, "Shared Parenting Keeps Families Together," by Matt Hale, National Parents Organization of Kentucky
We still see courts making mothers the primary custodians over 80 percent of the time. It’s still a woman’s job to raise the kids, married or not. The same courts send fathers the bills. It’s still the man’s job to pay.
Things are quickly changing. A light of hope arose this week in a surprising place. On April 26, Gov. Matt Bevin signed a new child custody law (House Bill 528) that was initiated by the National Parents Organization. The bill passed both chambers of the state legislature overwhelmingly. Republicans and Democrats spoke with one voice, stating that children deserve the best chance in life, and that means equal access to both parents.
April 30, 2018. NPR/Kentucky Public Radio, "Kentucky is the First State in the Country to Create a 'Legal Presumption” for Joint Custody in Divorce Proceedings," Quotes Matt Hale, National Parents Organization of Kentucky
April 26, 2018. Topeka Capital-Journal, Kansas, "‘Evaders’ Program Damaging to Families," by Will Mitchell, National Parents Organization
This is a solution for families, says Gov. Jeff Colyer. But look closer, and the opposite is true — this program hurts, not helps, Kansas families.
This is detrimental to children and parents for many reasons.
April 24, 2018. The Daily Caller, "Most Poor Children Love Their ‘Deadbeat’ Dads But Government Bureaucrats Don’t Care," by Ned Holstein and Robert Franklin, National Parents Organization
Child support policy among the poor does not work for several long-known reasons.
April 19, 2018. WSVA NewsTalk, Harrisonburg, Virginia, "Virginia Advances Shared Parenting," Interviews Christian Paasch, National Parents Organization of Virginia
April 19, 2018. STAND magazine, "Podcast: Shared Parenting Following Separation or Divorce," Interviews Christian Paasch, National Parents Organization of Virginia
April 8, 2018. Lansing State Journal, Michigan, "Shared Parenting Helps Children Avoid Trauma Which Can Lead to Crime," By Karl Dersch, National Parents Organization of Michigan
What is the common denominator that links nearly every social ill in this country? President Barack Obama nailed it when he said the single greatest domestic problem facing this country is the breakdown of the family — i.e. fatherlessness. Broken homes are the source of most of society’s ills. “Unstable homes produce unstable children,” writes Peter Hasson at The Federalist. Children need both parents to grow up well-adjusted.
April 5, 2018. The Legal Intelligencer, Pennsylvania, "Capitol Report," Quotes Stephen Meehan, National Parents Organization of Pennsylvania
The event is set to happen at a time when Pennsylvania legislators are considering two bills—House Bill 443 and House Bill 1349—aimed at supporting shared parenting after separation or divorce and combatting parental alienation.
March 22, 2018. News Talk 1150 KRMS "The Ozarks Today," Missouri, "Legislators Consider Shared Parenting," Interviews Linda Reutzel, National Parents Organization of Missouri
March 22, 2018. Missouri Lawyers Weekly, "Legislation Would Set 50-50 Parenting Time as Starting Point in Custody Decisions," Quotes Ned Holstein, National Parents Organization
“Overwhelming evidence now shows that kids do better with lots of residential time with both parents. It’s very common for parents to get shared legal custody, but that doesn’t help kids do better in all the ways I’ve mentioned. Shared legal custody is basically the right to have a say, but the heart of parenting isn’t just the right to participate in the big decisions, it’s being involved in the multitude of little decisions,” Holstein said.
March 23, 2018. "Landmark Legislation Providing Both Parents Equal Time with their Children," Chicago Tribune, Press Release Features National Parents Organization
March 9, 2018. WTCM NewsTalk 580, Traverse City, Michigan, "Michigan Lawmakers Consider Shared Parenting After Divorce," Interviews Linda Wright, National Parents Organization of Michigan
March 8, 2018. CBS Detroit/WWJ 950 AM radio, Michigan, "Michigan Joins Shared Parenting Movement," Interviews Linda Wright, National Parents Organization of Michigan
March 2, 2018. ABC/Ch 7 WJLA, Washington D.C., "Virginia Considering Shared Parenting Legislation," Interviews Christian Paasch, National Parents Organization of Virginia
February 27, 2018. The Rod Arquette Show, iHeart Media, "Mass Shooters & Fatherless Homes," Interviews Ned Holstein, National Parents Organization
February 27, 2018. Topeka Capital-Journal, Kansas, "State Poised to Address Violence, Crime Among Youth," By Will Mitchell, National Parents Organization of Kansas
That said, there is a significant underlying and common thread connecting these shooters that continues to be overlooked — fatherless children. While there are special interests that defend the status quo in family court proceedings, the truth is that 80 percent of child custody cases result in one parent having primary custody and the other — most commonly the father — relegated to the role of visitor in his child’s life.
Fortunately, Kansas and Missouri legislators are considering shared parenting legislation — Kansas Senate Bill 257 and Missouri Senate Bill 645 — that would make certain children impacted by divorce do not lose the important bonds they have with both parents.
February 17, 2018. RT USA, "Special Interests Block Reform to Give Fathers More Rights," Interviews Ned Holstein, National Parents Organization
Courts rule in favor of mothers in five out of every six custodial hearings. Statistics also show that custodial mothers are nearly twice as likely to live in poverty as custodial fathers.
Dr. Ned Holstein, the founder of the National Parents Organization, which promotes shared parenting legislation, argues that the legal establishment is preventing reform.
“This is a classic case of special interests versus what the public generally believes,” he said to Manila Chan of RT America.
February 16, 2018. Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri, "It's Time to Align our Family Courts with Research," By Linda Reutzel, National Parents Organization of Missouri
The House bill unanimously passed out of the House Judiciary Committee last week, and after three years of educating legislators about the benefits of shared parenting, including passage of a new state law in 2016, we feel this is the year that a “rebuttable presumption” of equal parenting time can actually be passed into law.
Essentially, the proposal translates into starting the family court conversation at shared parenting, versus the sole custody status quo. The bottom line: Research overwhelmingly points to shared parenting as the best scenario for children, their families and society after divorce or separation, and this proposal seeks to align our laws with scientific evidence.