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December 16, 2016

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.
Now or Never
By: Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Chair of the Board, National Parents Organization
The good news below from Florida and Kentucky are merely two examples of many states in which National Parents Organization continues to grow and get results. And who else is bringing you the precise reporting of Robert Franklin, such as the fantastic new study on shared parenting reported in this newsletter? In fact, take a look at a list of our accomplishments. You have to admit that this is an impressive list. You will not find another organization that gets more bang from every dollar that is given.

We depend entirely on your gifts to support our activity. Our 2017 financial health depends on what you give before midnight, December 31 of this year. Social change is not free. If you think the bar associations and women’s organizations are going to give up their blockade of family court reform simply because we ask nicely, you are living in a dream world. When we have dedicated volunteers supported by paid public relations professionals, paid organizers, research, printing, computers, and much more --- then we win. When we don’t have these things, we lose.

Your gift is ordinarily tax-deductible on your federal taxes. Most observers believe that income taxes will go down next year; this means that the value of a tax deduction, such as your gift to National Parents Organization, a 501c3 charitable organization, will be worth more this year than next.

In addition to bringing reform to more and more states, in 2017 we will hold a landmark conference in Boston, Massachusetts. We have assembled the greatest child development researchers in the world to come and share their research results on how shared parenting affects children.

Also in 2017, we will write the first comprehensive analysis of child support, an analysis that will destroy the myth that current child support policies are good for children and fair for adults.

If you want to see these activities go forward, please support us today! You can make a gift online by going here, or you may send a check payable to National Parents Organization and mail it to:

National Parents Organization
716 Beacon Street #590548
Newton Centre, MA 02459

Please help us bring reform to every state, justice to every family.

Thank you very much in advance for your generous support!

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New Study Demonstrates Value of Overnights with Dad for Infants
By: Robert Franklin, J.D., Member of the Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
The notion that kids don’t need their fathers took another body blow recently. Arizona State University Professor William Fabricius published new research in the American Psychological Association’s journal “Psychology, Public Policy and Law” finding that children under the age of three who have frequent overnight stays with each parent benefit later in life.

Professor Fabricius is one of the distinguished researchers who will present their findings at our landmark conference May 29-31, 2017 in Boston. We invite you to attend this conference, which will review the worldwide results of shared parenting research.

Published on November 28, 2016, Fabricius’ paper, entitled “Should Infants and Toddlers Have Frequent Overnight Parenting Time with Fathers? The Policy Debate and New Data,” found that infants who have significant numbers of overnight stays with both parents report better relationships with each parent when they reach young adulthood. Importantly, this holds true even when there’s high parental conflict when the children are under three. It also holds true irrespective of parental educational levels.

The new study comes in the context of an ongoing debate within the scientific community about the advisability of allowing infants and toddlers to be away from their mothers’ care overnight. As researcher Dr. Linda Nielsen, who will also be present at the NPO conference, and others have made clear, studies purporting to find overnights to be detrimental are woefully flawed. The few researchers who’ve opposed overnights, like Jennifer McIntosh, have mostly backed down from their previous opposition. Others, like Robert Emery, maintain that more research needs to be conducted before a determination can be made. Read more...

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Powerful New National Parents Organization Chapter in Florida!
By: Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Chair of the Board, National Parents Organization
Our Florida members will be excited to learn that Family Law Reform, previously Florida Alimony Reform, has agreed to become National Parents Organization of Florida. In other words, it has become our Florida chapter. This means that our memberships will be combined, our media relations firm will work on behalf of the Florida efforts, and Florida will have the benefit of NPO funding, website, internet support, and more.

The new chapter of NPO will be headed by Alan Frisher and Chuck Reinertsen, as it has been up until now under its old names. They will continue to drive alimony reform ahead in Florida, which was passed by the legislature last year, but vetoed by Governor Rick Scott. They will also introduce legislation on shared parenting (“time sharing”) and perhaps other issues as well. Read more...

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Kentucky Chapter Moves Forward on Shared Parenting and Child Support
By: Matt Hale, Kentucky Chairman, National Parents Organization
To all our Kentucky friends of shared parenting, National Parents Organization has been very busy nationally improving family laws. We’ve seen success in Missouri, Nevada and elsewhere this year alone. These new laws do not help just the families in those states alone. They create an environment where other states feel pressure to modernize family law also.

Here in Kentucky we’ve been working away too. We’re preparing to introduce a bill that creates a presumption of shared parenting for temporary custody orders. In other words, the starting point after separation or divorce is both parents having equal parenting time.

We are also preparing to fight a proposed law that increases child support while punishing only child support payers, not child support receivers, for breaking parenting schedules. We need fairer, not less fair, family court laws. 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 Ned Holstein, National Interim Executive Director. Together we can build an affiliate in your state.

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