‘More Equalized Approach to Child Custody' to Become Law Aug. 28

Missouri Takes First Step in Supporting Children's Best Interest

JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI, USA, August 18, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — National Parents Organization (NPO) congratulates the Missouri legislature and Gov. Jay Nixon for acting in the best interest of children by signing the state’s bill promoting shared parenting into law. Previously known as HB 1550, the law “creates a more equalized approach to child custody and visitation,” according to the Governor’s office. The change, which takes effect Aug. 28, is based on the overwhelming amount of research showing shared parenting, or 50/50 custody, after divorce is most beneficial for children’s health and wellbeing, as well as parental and gender equality.

“Children need and benefit from having both parents actively involved in their lives,” said Rep. Kathryn Swan, who supported the bill. “The shared parenting bill is a child-centered bill. It prohibits courts from adopting a cookie-cutter default custody order or plan. Instead, the parent work schedules, residence, location of the school, etc. are determining factors in developing a parenting plan that best meets the needs of the individual child or children.”

Prior to the Governor signing the proposal into law, the shared parenting bill unanimously passed the Senate, was supported in the House 154-2 and was studied by a subcommittee led by Patricia Scaglia, chair of The Missouri Bar's Family Law Section.

“Thank you, Gov. Nixon and Missouri legislators, for bringing state child custody laws in line with the latest research showing that most children desperately want and need shared parenting after divorce or separation,” said Dr. Ned Holstein, founder of National Parents Organization. “Too many families have suffered from the family courts' outdated preference for giving sole custody to one parent. Instead of setting up parents for a bitter and unnecessary custody battle, shared parenting allows families to heal from the pain of divorce and separation from a position of equality and co-parenting.”

By passing the law, Missouri begins to move shared parenting – a flexible arrangement where children spend as close to equal time as possible with each parent, when both parents are fit – from the exception to the norm. In the past couple of years, a handful of states, including Utah, South Dakota and Minnesota, have added laws that encourage shared parenting, and more than 20 states have considered similar proposals.

“As someone who has seen first-hand how our current family court system unnecessarily tears families apart, I see the new law as a first step on the road toward ensuring that all Missouri children thrive when their parents divorce or separate,”said mother and grandmother Linda Reutzel, a National Parents Organization of Missouri member. “Once the law is in place, we hope attorneys and judges will stick to the original intent and act in the best interest of children.”

ABOUT NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION

National Parents Organization, a charitable and educational 501 (c)(3) organization, seeks better lives for children through family law reform that establishes equal rights and responsibilities for fathers and mothers after divorce or separation. The organization is focused on promoting shared parenting and preserving a child’s strong bond with both parents, which is critically important to their emotional, mental, and physical health. In 2014, National Parents Organization released the Shared Parenting Report Card, the first study to rank the states on child custody laws. Visit the National Parents Organization website at www.nationalparentsorganization.org.

Nancy Rigdon
National Parents Organization
913-544-1458
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Source: EIN Presswire

Autism Back to School Bash

Autism Back to School Bash, Aug. 14th

An Event Connecting Members of the New York Autism Community

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, August 9, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — The American Autism Association is excited to announce our Back to School Bash for all the families impacted by autism in our local community. Members of the local autism community of New York City have been invited to receive sensory-friendly school supplies for children with autism from our Supplies for the Spectrum Collection, while connecting with other parents of children with autism and community partners.

The Autism Back to School Bash is free for families, and registration is mandatory for all attendees. It will take place on Sunday, August 14th from 1:00-3:30pm at Pearl Studios in Midtown, Suite 1204.

The goal of the event is to help alleviate the financial burden that parents face during back to school season, while also celebrating the beginning of a new school year in an autism-friendly and positive environment. In addition to providing free school supplies from sponsors such as Curemark, Jack Daniels Motors, and Different Roads, the event will offer family and autism friendly activities such as a photo booth, crafts, raffles, an interactive Soca dance performance by Bobcat Kids, and some sweet treats sponsored by Dough Donuts, TuLu's Bakery, and Insomnia Cookies.

The American Autism Association believes in supporting families and individuals that have been affected by autism by increasing awareness of the varied difficulties individuals with autism spectrum disorder face. Back to school can be an incredibly stressful period for parents of children with autism, who often lack the support systems and resources necessary to ease the transition. For this reason, the Autism Back to School Bash will provide information for parents looking to connect to additional resources and support for their child, including resources offered by the American Autism Association such as free of cost parenting workshops and therapeutic recreational programs.

About the American Autism Association

The American Autism Association is a not for profit organization that was founded in 2010 by Eduard Rozenfeld and Larry Sharon. Our team is dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by autism by increasing awareness of the varied difficulties individuals with autism spectrum disorder face and providing free of cost resources and programs throughout the United States. Our organization offers education and advocacy information, support for families, therapeutic recreational programs, and parenting workshops for families. To learn more, visit our website at www.myautism.org or call our team at (877) 654-4483.

Eliane Abou-Assi
American Autism Association
(877) 654-4483
email us here


Source: EIN Presswire