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The Pioneer News has an excellent article on the Chair of our Kentucky affiliate, Matt Hancock. They also spoke to Matt Hale, former Chair and current member of the National Board of Directors on the decision to appoint Hancock the new Chair and the progress NPO has made in Kentucky. Read the full article here. 

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Matt Hale and Linda Reutzel wrote about the tale of two girls, one in Missouri (where there is no shared parenting law) and one in Kentucky (where the first shared parenting law in the nation was passed) for Divorce Magazine. The stark differences between the experiences of the these two girls shows just why we need shared parenting around the country. Read the full story here. 

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Matt Hancock, Chair of the Kentucky chapter of National Parents Organization, wrote an op-ed for the Courier-Journal of Louisville on the importance of Shared Parenting Day for children. April 26 was declared Shared Parenting Day by Governor Bevin to mark the one year anniversary of Kentucky's first in the nation shared parenting law, which has been overwhelmingly popular. The op-ed also mention's NPO's own Matt Hale, who was the driving force for a day to acknowledge the law. Read the entire article here.

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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. 

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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. 

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The Oldham Era out of Kentucky has an article featuring NPO's own Matt Hale, a driving force behind Kentucky's first in the nation shared parenting law. The article discusses Governor Matt Bevin's decision to name April 26 "Shared Parenting Day" in Kentucky to commemorate Kentucky's shared parenting law. The article also features Alexandra Beckman of NPO of Kentucky. Read the full article here. 

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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.   

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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