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National Parents Organization | Press Release
November 8, 2017

SHARED PARENTING AMONG SEPARATED/DIVORCED FAMILIES: A KEY TO CRIME PREVENTION
National Parents Organization Emphasizes Child Custody Statistics

National Parents Organization encourages our leaders to examine implications of the fact that 85 percent of prisoners were raised in single-parent households without fathers.

“There is abundant evidence supporting the idea that fatherlessness is a potent cause of crime,” said Ned Holstein, MD, Founder and Chair of National Parents Organization. “This should provoke optimism, since a simple solution is available – reform our family courts to encourage shared parenting, as opposed to the alarming family court status quo, where sole custody outcomes prevail more than 80 percent of the time. Allow fit fathers to be involved in their children’s lives, and the children will grow up in healthier ways. We have ignored this simple remedy for years.”

For instance, over 10 years ago, Boston College researcher Rebekah Coley studied low income, inner city minority teens from single parent homes in three cities and concluded, “First, the results found that higher [non-custodial] father involvement prospectively predicted a relative decrease over time in adolescent delinquency.” [Bracketed words added.] Many more recent studies have found the same thing.

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National Parents Organization | Press Release
November 6, 2017


NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION SEEKS CHANGES TO OHIO CHILD SUPPORT BILL
Bill Should Support Shared Parenting, Best Interests of Children

While Ohio’s child support bill proposes some long-overdue reform, National Parents Organization opposes the legislation and seeks changes that better align with what research overwhelmingly shows is best for children.

National Parents Organization’s primary concern with SB 125 is that it doesn’t support shared parenting, where both parents are fully engaged in the day-to-day, hands-on raising of children after divorce or separation.

“Because more than 30 years of research have shown that this is usually the best arrangement for children, it should be the default outcome when parents separate. But SB 125 does nothing to encourage this sort of equal co-parenting. Instead, it creates contrary incentives and treats parents who are sharing in the raising of their children unfairly,” said Don Hubin, Ph.D., Chair of National Parents Organization of Ohio.

Specifically, National Parents Organization concludes that the bill’s provision of a “standard parenting time adjustment” to provide for the children when they are with the child support obligor—which is often 25% - 35% of the time—is based on a flawed methodology and a mathematical error, resulting in children routinely under-supported in one of their homes.

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION | PRESS RELEASE
October 30, 3017
National Parents Organization Hosts Event in Support of Shared Parenting
Michigan Joins 25 States Considering Family Court Reform

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

The details on this week’s event:

·         6 p.m.-8 p.m., Howell Opera House, Thursday, Nov. 2“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. Additionally, this fall, a poll conducted by Marketing Resource Group revealed 84 percent of Michigan voters support children receiving equal time with both parents after a divorce.

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National Parents Organization | Press Release

MISSOURI JUDGES IGNORE FAMILY COURT REFORM LAW
Child Development Research Drove 2016 Shared Parenting Law

October 19, 2017

Three judges in the Western District of Missouri Court of Appeals recently ruled in violation of a new Missouri statute. This new law clearly directs family courts to protect children in instances of divorce by providing them with as close to equal time as possible with mom and dad.

National Parents Organization calls the attention of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, the Missouri General Assembly, and the people of Missouri to news that this important law has been ignored in a recent decision.

Earlier this month, the Court issued its decision in child custody case King v King, upholding the lower court decision to limit a fit, loving and involved father’s parenting time to one night a week and every other weekend. The decision made no mention of state statute 452.556, established last year with the passage of House Bill 1550. The new law encourages courts to “maximize to the highest degree the amount of time the child may spend with each parent.”

“As a Missouri mother, grandmother and someone who worked tirelessly last year on behalf of our children to make this law a reality, I urge all state lawmakers and citizens to join me in condemning the disregard for the law. Judges Thomas H. Newton, Alok Ahuja and Cynthia Martin disregarded state law when they signed the decision,” said Linda Reutzel, Chair of National Parents Organization of Missouri.  “Instead of following contemporary research and state law, these judges elevated the judicial status quo above a law that protects children’s best interests.”

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION | PRESS RELEASE
October 19, 2017

PEDIATRIC JOURNAL: SHARED PARENTING POST-DIVORCE BEST FOR CHILDREN’S HEALTH OF ALL AGES
National Parents Organization Urges Policy Makers to Act on Latest Findings

BOSTON, MA – A recently published research paper from Sweden refutes the claim that shared parenting after parents separate or divorce is harmful to very young children.

The study shows that the mental health of children ages three to five with shared parenting is better on average than the mental health of those in the care of a single parent. With about one-third of all children in the United States in the sole custody of one parent, National Parents Organization alerts lawmakers to these critical findings.

The fourth in a series of research papers from Swedish researcher Malin Bergstrom, the study is titled “Preschool children living in joint physical custody arrangements show less psychological symptoms than those living mostly or only with one parent.” It was published Sept. 7 in Acta Paediatrica, a peer-reviewed medical journal in the field of pediatrics. Dr. Bergstrom is affiliated with the internationally respected Karolinska Institute.

In 2013, Bergstrom’s team showed that 12 and 15 year olds with shared parenting did better on 11 dimensions of health-related quality of life than did those in sole custody. In 2014, they demonstrated that 12 and 15 year olds with shared parenting had fewer psychosomatic problems. Also in 2014, they showed that 15 year olds with shared parenting had better subjective health.

Still, some researchers have claimed that shared parenting is harmful to preschool children. Now, in the study just published, researchers studied psychological symptoms in 3,656 three-to-five year old Swedish children in different living arrangements. The study concluded: “Children in joint physical custody showed less psychological problems than those living mostly or only with one parent.”

“The research evidence is now overwhelming that children of all ages do better with shared parenting, including better health,” said Ned Holstein, MD, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization. (See the section “Recent Research: Shared Parenting Versus Single Parenting” below for details on additional studies.) “Those who still obstruct shared parenting reform will need to answer why they continue to put the health of one-third of the children in America at risk. Lawmakers need to step forward and act, since family court judges are not doing it on their own.”

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