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October 17, 2013

NPO Logo National Parents Organization improves the lives of children and strengthens society by protecting every child's right to the love and care of both parents after separation or divorce. We seek better lives for children through family court reform that establishes equal rights and responsibilities for fathers and mothers.
Could Shared Parenting Become the Presumption in Maryland?
By John Clapp, PhD, Member, Executive Committee, National Parents Organization of Connecticut

Mark Cyzyk
Mark Cyzyk
Governor Martin O’Malley has convened a Maryland Commission on Child Custody Decision Making. Maybe this is an indication that our Maryland government thinks there is a problem? We sure hope so.

The Commission is the result of HB687 passed during the 2013 legislative session. As part of the Commission’s work it is holding public hearings around the state. Please attend one of the Public Hearings and bring your ideas on how to make shared parenting the norm in Maryland.

National Parents Organization of Maryland worked to pass this legislation to begin the process of bringing shared parenting to Maryland. Maryland need not lag behind other states. Please let us know if you will be attending one of these hearings. Read more...

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National Parents Organization is working to build a strong affiliate in every state. What will it take to bring National Parents Organization to your state? Leadership. It takes a team of volunteers to organize in your state and to reach out to legislators, media, and other groups who will work with us to make shared parenting the norm.

If you are ready, please contact Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director. Together we can build an affiliate in your state.

Slate XX Blog Asks “Are People Who Kidnap and Torture Men Heroes?”
October 16, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Anyone can ask the question “Are they villains or heroes?” Sometimes it’s even a good one. Read more...

Washington State Denies Fit Father Custody Due to His Legal Use of Medical Marijuana
October 14, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Another day, another parent denied custody of a child due to the adult’s use of marijuana that’s 100% legal under state law. Read about it here (Spokesman-Review, 10/13/13). Read more...

Advice for Single Fathers
October 13, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The mainstream media routinely get it wrong on fathers’ rights and everything that goes with them. The amount of mis/disinformation floating around in the ether can be downright daunting. Read more...

A Father’s Fight for Child Support Justice
October 11, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Here’s one father’s story of his fight against the child support bureaucracy of Los Angeles County, California. Welcome Doug Ricketson and thank you for sharing your story. Read more...

South Carolina: Child Protective Services Fudging the Figures on Children at Risk
October 10, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
In South Carolina, children who’ve had contact with Child Protective Services are dying at an unprecedented rate this year, while CPS channels serious abuse cases to private contractors that aren’t trained to handle them. Read more...

‘Divorced Girl Smiling’ Instructs Dads to Feel Better About Paying Child Support
October 9, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
How many divorced men would take to heart advice from a woman whose blog is entitled “Divorced Girl Smiling?” Read more...


The opinions expressed herein are those of our guest authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Parents Organization or its Board of Directors.


Volunteer Testimonial

“I have been a step-parent for over 20 years and now am a doting grandmother to two beautiful granddaughters. By spending time with my step-children through the years, I have seen first-hand the wants and needs of children whose parents are divorced or separated. I believe children deserve the opportunity to love and to spend time with both of their parents equally through shared parenting.”

Susan Takach
Susan Takach, Member,
Ohio Executive Committee
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