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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE
Sept. 19, 2017

National Parents Organization Hosts Events in Support of Shared Parenting

Michigan Joins 25 States Considering Family Court Reform

National Parents Organization encourages Michigan residents to attend two upcoming events surrounding state legislation seeking to move shared parenting from the exception to the norm following divorce and separation.

The events include:

·         9 a.m.-3 p.m., Michigan Capitol, Lansing, Sept. 27: “Michigan Women Shared Parenting Legislative Day” – With National Parents Organization as sponsor, women – mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and cousins – will speak with members of the House of Representatives about shared parenting


·         6 p.m.-8 p.m., Detroit Yacht Club, Detroit, Sept. 28: “Family Court & Child Custody Town Hall Hearing” – National Parents Organization and Michigan Shared Custody host an informational meeting on shared parenting with Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, sponsor of the proposed reform, House Bill 4691

National Parents Organization stresses that the proposed legislation will make it much easier for loving parents to win “shared parenting,” a flexible arrangement in which children spend as close to equal time as possible with each parent after divorce or separation. HB 4691 has momentum because it was approved by the Michigan House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee prior to the legislative summer break. 

“Anyone who has been through a custody battle under the existing law knows that change is needed, and now Michigan has an historic opportunity to support legislation that research shows is what children desperately want and need – and that’s not one, but both loving parents actively involved in their lives,” said Grand Rapids mother and grandmother Linda Wright, who serves as Chair of National Parents Organization of Michigan. “I’m excited for the citizens of our state to learn more about this family friendly proposal through the upcoming events.”

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE
August 24, 2017


SUPPORT WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY WITH SHARED PARENTING


25 States Recently Considered Reform

BOSTON, MA –
National Parents Organization urges citizens and legislators nationwide to recognize Women’s Equality Day on Saturday, Aug. 26 by supporting shared parenting legislation across the country. Shared parenting is a flexible arrangement in which parents who are separated or divorced each provide at least 35% of the parenting time. The current sole custody model assigns mothers nearly 90 percent of the parenting time, which limits their time to pursue career goals, hobbies and a social life.


“When children have as close to equal time as possible with each parent, moms and dads also have equal time for their careers,” said Ned Holstein, MD, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization. “And since almost 30 percent of mothers are saddled with nearly full-time single parenting, the pay gap cannot be eliminated without shared parenting.”

Holstein also said: “Our family courts need to stop placing sole responsibility for child rearing on the mother and encourage their career achievements by allowing dad to assume equal responsibility for raising children. Shared parenting is most important for the children, who want and need equal time with both parents following divorce, but it has additional benefits to the parents, including promoting equal opportunity to accomplish professional goals.”

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE
Aug. 11, 2017


Back-to-school: HOW TO RAISE DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN’S TEST SCORES WITH NO COST TO THE TAXPAYER
Research shows link between two-parent model and school success


With back-to-school season upon us, we are once again faced with the paradox that educational test scores among disadvantaged students have barely budged over the past 50 years despite vastly increased school spending and hundreds of educational experiments. National Parents Organization encourages lawmakers, educators, parents, and family court judges to take note of the robust research showing that a major piece of the gap could be closed by making shared parenting after parents separate or divorce the norm instead of the exception.

Consider the following data:

·         According to federal statistics from sources including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Census Bureau, children raised by single parents account for 71 percent of high school dropouts.

·         Linda Nielsen, a professor of educational and adolescent psychology at Wake Forest University, published research titled, “Divorced Fathers and Their Daughters: A Review of Recent Research.” She found that children, specifically daughters, need a relationship with their father post-divorce. Pantene and Mattel used her research to create 30-second Super Bowl spots in 2016 and 2017, respectively, showing dads playing with their daughters. Her research concluded that daughters who have active fathers tend to have more self-confidence, better mental health and are more successful in school.

·         The Office for National Statistics (U.K.) report shows a father’s level of education is the strongest factor in determining a child’s future success at school, while a mother’s education level was important to a lesser degree.

·         A review of nearly 50 peer-reviewed research papers on post-divorce parenting found that almost every study found better results for children who had shared parenting after parental separation or divorce; the improved outcomes were reflected in many measures, including education. The results were endorsed by 110 experts around the world. (See more below on Dr. Warshak.)

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE
Aug. 9, 2017



NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION SUPPORTS MICHIGAN TOWN HALL-STYLE MEETING ON CHILD CUSTODY
National Parents Organization encourages Michigan residents to attend the “Michigan Shared Custody Public Hearing” on Aug. 21 in Grand Rapids.

The event will focus on educating citizens on the state’s current laws on child custody after divorce or separation as well as details on current Michigan legislation that seeks to turn shared parenting – a flexible arrangement where children spend as close to equal time as possible with each parent after divorce or separation – from the exception to the norm. The proposal, House Bill 4691, was passed by the Michigan House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee prior to the legislative summer break.

Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, the bill’s sponsor, is hosting the event. The organization Michigan Shared Custody serves as the night’s sponsor. Parents, attorneys and other state legislators will join Runestad in discussing these potential changes.

“Michigan has an historic opportunity to support legislation that research shows is what children desperately want and need – and that’s not one, but both loving parents actively involved in their lives. And I’m excited for the citizens of our state to learn more about this family friendly proposal on the 21st,” said Grand Rapids mother and grandmother Linda Wright, who serves as Chair of National Parents Organization of Michigan.

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE
July 29, 2017


NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION SUPPORTS PEW RESEARCH CENTER’S FOCUS ON AMERICAN FATHERS
Pew Facts Highlight Need for Family Court Reforms


BOSTON - National Parents Organization points to a recent survey of the Pew Research Center, “6 Facts About American Fathers,” as further confirmation that when it comes to parenting, Americans are decades ahead of the family courts. While ordinary American parents overwhelmingly shared the parenting of their children, the family courts still enforce the worn-out stereotypes of the child-raising mother and the breadwinning father.

Previously, 86% of voters in Massachusetts voted for the proposition that after divorce, shared parenting should be the norm if both parents are fit and there has been no domestic violence. Similar results were obtained in a survey of Maryland voters by a professional polling firm. The Pew results confirm that mothers and fathers both recognize that children do best when both parents are involved in their care.

Despite the convergence of gender roles in parenting, the family courts continue to award sole custody of children to mothers more than 80 percent of the time, and shared physical custody only about eight percent of the time. This is despite the overwhelming research evidence presented at the recent Third International Conference on Shared Parenting that children do better on just about every measure when they have shared parenting after separation or divorce.

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