January 19, 2020 The Herald Commentary: Sole parental custody not a benefit to children Jim Clark, National Parents Organization of Washington
January 19, 2020 By Jim Clark / For The Herald
Nationwide, the $50 billion dollar divorce industry is 25 times larger than the wedding industry with the average divorce costing $20,000 dollars. It is far less expensive to marry than to divorce.
According to the Washington state Department of Health, there are approximately 25,000 divorces each year statewide with approximately half of those divorces affecting 22,000 children. The most contentious and expensive divorces center on issues regarding child custody and child support, stemming from the sacred parent-child bond and multitude of constitutional rights implicated.
Current research by Linda Nielsen, a professor of adolescent and educational psychology at Wake Forest University, indicates that children who live with each parent at least 35 percent of the time in a shared-parenting joint custody plan had better outcomes than children in sole physical custody families. Children raised substantially by both parents have better academic achievement, emotional health and relationships with family while having less behavioral problems and fewer physical health and stress-related illnesses.
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December 9, 2019 WNCT 9 "NC receives ‘D-‘ rating in 2019 Shared Parenting Report Card"
December 9, 2019 by Katie Augustine -WNCT
GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) The National Parents Organization (NPO) recently released its report card for the nation on how each state is performing with shared parenting after divorce.
The NPO held a conference in New York City to reveal the results of the report card.
North Carolina received a ‘D-‘ rating on the report card meaning the state, according to local divorce attorney Ashley-Nicole Russell, is not doing a lot to support shared parenting.
Russell was brought in as an expert to speak at the NPO conference at the Lincoln Center in New York City in September.
She practices collaborative law in Eastern North Carolina.
This method is an alternative to the traditional litigation model and gives families a chance to be communicative and transition out of marriage in a more civil way.
It allows parents and couples to settle outside of court.
To put the ‘D-‘ into perspective, Russell explains that Kentucky is one of the only states with an ‘A’ because of new legislation in the state that sets the default custody arrangement at 50/50.
November 21, 2019 The Southeast Missourian "Area lawmakers seek to tackle texting, shared parenting in 2020"
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.
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November 9, 2019 The Southeast Missourian "Local lawmakers push shared-parenting legislation"
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.
September 18, 2019 Fox News "National Parents Organization releases 'report card' evaluating shared-parenting statutes of each state"
September 18, 2019 US News and World Report "Report: States Lack Laws to Support Equal Shared Parenting"
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.