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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE

May 22, 2017

A Comprehensive Scientific Review of What’s Best for Children After Divorce
National Parents Organization to Co-Host Landmark Two-Day Event on Child Custody

BOSTON – An upcoming scientific conference will explore whether judges and parents have been misled for decades about what custody arrangements are best for children when parents do not live together. The International Conference on Shared Parenting 2017 will convene May 29 and 30. Most of the leading researchers in the world will explore over 30 years of research on this topic, which affects over one-third of all children in the U.S.

“For decades, judges and parents have been taught that children need one home, one decision-maker, one bed, and one place to put down their schoolbooks when parents are apart,” said Dr. Ned Holstein, Founder and Chair of the Board of National Parents Organization. For instance,judicial training in Nebraska taught just that, based on documents finally disclosed after a several-year freedom-of-information battle. According to Dr. Holstein, co-host of the conference, “Recent publications by the most eminent researchers suggest the upcoming conference may turn this accepted wisdom on its head. If so, millions of children may be affected.”

The conference, hosted by the Boston-based National Parents Organization and the European-based International Council on Shared Parenting, takes place at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in downtown Boston. The scientific program includes researchers from18 countries, including from Sweden and Australia, where powerful research is possible because shared parenting has been the norm there for years.

Controversial topics will include:

·         Is shared parenting better for children if one parent fights in court for sole custody?

·         Is shared parenting better for infants?

·         What if there is a mild to moderate degree of parental conflict?

·         What if one parent has been the predominant breadwinner and the other has been the predominant caretaker?

·         Is shared parenting simply a way to get reduced child support payments?

·         What about same-sex parents?

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE

May 22, 2017

A Comprehensive Scientific Review of What’s Best for Children After Divorce
National Parents Organization to Co-Host Landmark Two-Day Event on Child Custody

BOSTON – An upcoming scientific conference will explore whether judges and parents have been misled for decades about what custody arrangements are best for children when parents do not live together. The International Conference on Shared Parenting 2017 will convene May 29 and 30. Most of the leading researchers in the world will explore over 30 years of research on this topic, which affects over one-third of all children in the U.S.

“For decades, judges and parents have been taught that children need one home, one decision-maker, one bed, and one place to put down their schoolbooks when parents are apart,” said Dr. Ned Holstein, Founder and Chair of the Board of National Parents Organization. For instance,judicial training in Nebraska taught just that, based on documents finally disclosed after a several-year freedom-of-information battle. According to Dr. Holstein, co-host of the conference, “Recent publications by the most eminent researchers suggest the upcoming conference may turn this accepted wisdom on its head. If so, millions of children may be affected.”

The conference, hosted by the Boston-based National Parents Organization and the European-based International Council on Shared Parenting, takes place at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in downtown Boston. The scientific program includes researchers from18 countries, including from Sweden and Australia, where powerful research is possible because shared parenting has been the norm there for years.

Controversial topics will include:

·         Is shared parenting better for children if one parent fights in court for sole custody?

·         Is shared parenting better for infants?

·         What if there is a mild to moderate degree of parental conflict?

·         What if one parent has been the predominant breadwinner and the other has been the predominant caretaker?

·         Is shared parenting simply a way to get reduced child support payments?

·         What about same-sex parents?

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National Parents Organization
Press Release 

May 11, 2017

Contact: Nancy Rigdon, [email protected]

Jolie-Pitt Parenting Arrangement in Line with Child Development Research
National Parents Organization Supports Shared Parenting


BOSTON – The National Parents Organization applauds actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for recognizing that shared parenting is best for their children, as that’s what research has proven is best for kids.

In a recent interview with GQ, Pitt said he and Jolie have agreed to “work together” on shared custody of their six children because it’s “very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart.”

Scientific evidence agrees. Over 50 peer-reviewed studies indicate that shared parenting — where children spend as much time as possible with each parent — following divorce or separation better serves children. Here are just a couple of examples of the growing consensus supporting shared parenting:

·         In a 150,000-person study published in The Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, researchers concluded that shared parenting is in the best interest of children’s health because the arrangement lowers their stress levels.

·         32 family law experts in the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts concluded, “Children’s best interests are furthered by parenting plans that provide for continuing and shared parenting relationships that are safe, secure, and developmentally responsive and that also avoid a template calling for a specific division of time imposed on all families.”

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National Parents Organization
Press Release

May 11, 2017 

International Researchers to Present Shared Parenting Research at Conference
National Parents Organization to Co-Host Scientific Child Custody Event

BOSTON – The most renowned child development experts in the world will converge in less than three weeks in Boston at a landmark event to identify what’s best for children in post-divorce parenting arrangements. During the International Conference on Shared Parenting 2017, nearly 50 scientists from 18 countries, ranging from China to Australia to the Middle East to Europe to North American, will have the opportunity to review 40 years of careful research by social scientists to examine whether children actually do better with a shared parenting arrangement in which the child spends ample time with each parent.

“Rarely does a scientific conference hold out the possibility of helping millions of children within a year or two at no cost to anyone, with just a slight change in the law,” said Dr. Ned Holstein, founder and chair of National Parents Organization. “For decades, our family courts have encouraged custody battles with the outcome of choosing one parent to have sole custody. Is it possible that this has been damaging to tens of millions of children, and that by restoring both parents to them they will do better in school, have less substance abuse, feel better about themselves and get in less trouble with the law? Finally, at this conference, we will apply science instead of guesswork in determining what is in the best interest of tens of millions of children.”

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National Parents Organization
Press Release

May 11, 2017 

International Researchers to Present Shared Parenting Research at Conference
National Parents Organization to Co-Host Scientific Child Custody Event

BOSTON – The most renowned child development experts in the world will converge in less than three weeks in Boston at a landmark event to identify what’s best for children in post-divorce parenting arrangements. During the International Conference on Shared Parenting 2017, nearly 50 scientists from 18 countries, ranging from China to Australia to the Middle East to Europe to North American, will have the opportunity to review 40 years of careful research by social scientists to examine whether children actually do better with a shared parenting arrangement in which the child spends ample time with each parent.

“Rarely does a scientific conference hold out the possibility of helping millions of children within a year or two at no cost to anyone, with just a slight change in the law,” said Dr. Ned Holstein, founder and chair of National Parents Organization. “For decades, our family courts have encouraged custody battles with the outcome of choosing one parent to have sole custody. Is it possible that this has been damaging to tens of millions of children, and that by restoring both parents to them they will do better in school, have less substance abuse, feel better about themselves and get in less trouble with the law? Finally, at this conference, we will apply science instead of guesswork in determining what is in the best interest of tens of millions of children.”

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