BREAKING: as a result of the extraordinary efforts of Elizabeth McNeese, Anthony Slosser, and the rest of the Ohio Legislative Team of National Parents Organization, there is now before the Ohio House one of the strongest shared parenting bills in the country. House Bill 508 (https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/.../legislation-summary...) is a truly bipartisan bill, sponsored by Representative Creech (R, District 43) and Representative West (D, District 49). The bill has 59 (!) co-sponsors with good representation from both parties and many areas of the state.
If passed into law, this bill will create a strong presumption of equal shared parenting, ensuring that children won't be deprived of a full relationship with one of their fit and loving parents simply because the parents are living apart. Shared parenting is strongly supported by scientific research on child well-being (https://www.sharedparenting.org/articles) and overwhelmingly supported by Ohio voters (https://www.sharedparenting.org/shared-parenting-polling).
HUGE NEWS! the Texas Equal Parenting bill has been officially pre filed it is HB 803. Call your State Representatives and State Senators and ask that they support this bill and even sign on as a co sponsor once the session starts. In the 2021 Texas legislative session we can get this bill passed and help millions of children in Texas alone. Kids need and deserve both parents in their lives as long as both parents are fit, willing, and able. It’s time we think about the best interest of the children and stop all the court fighting and bickering and hurting children using them as pawns. Parents might break up with each other but that doesn’t mean the children should have to suffer and break up with their good parents. Kids need and deserve both parents in their lives as long as both parents are fit, willing, and able. Unequal parenting has damaged society so much it’s hard to imagine. The majority of children committing crimes, committing suicide, getting pregnant, and even almost all school shooters had one thing in common and that is they did not have both of their parents in their lives. #SaveOurChildren and support Texas HB 803 Equal Parenting Bill! Call your State Reps and State Senators now!
The Equal Parenting Bill that has been filed in Georgia for the 2020/2021 Legislative Session is HB 1140 and you can read the text of that bill here
The Equal Parenting Bill that has been filed in South Carolina for the 2020/2021 Legislative Session is H 3569 and you can read the text of that bill here
The Equal Parenting Bill that has been filed in West Virginia for the 2020/2021 Legislative Session is HB2363 and you can read the text of that bill here
Texas is ground zero this year to pass Equal 50/50 Parenting laws! unequal Parenting and keeping kids from both of their parents is one of the last major injustices in America. In a time of great division, both Democrats and Republicans are coming together to sign on to passing an equal parenting bill in Texas in the 2021 Legislative Session!
Many states are passing equal shared parenting laws. Last Session in Texas, the equal shared parenting proposed laws passed nearly unanimously with bipartisan support out of committee, but it never made it to a floor vote. This is a problem that cannot wait and must be made a priority to be voted on in a full floor vote in Texas this session and in all other states that do not already have equal shared parenting laws.
Parents should NOT fight, bicker, go bankrupt, commit suicide, clog the legal system, and use their children as pawns or property like collateral damage to rip apart as the parents try to go to court to take time with children from another parent. More importantly it devastates our kids not to see their parents equally as courts usually just give one parent standard possession which is only 4 days a month with the child. The NEW Standard should be Kids get EQUAL time with FIT parents
Pass the Equal Shared Parenting Laws NOW! Stop the destruction of our kids! Children NEED BOTH PARENTS EQUALLY. Equal Shared Parenting laws will help children see both of their Fathers and Mothers in their lives equally as long as both parents are fit, willing, and able. Although this help children see mothers more equally too, there is no question that Fathers Especially get alienated from their children by the laws of the family court system. Fathers rights should be upheld.
Fatherlessness it is the GREATEST THREAT we face and has done the MOST damage. Statistics prove that most suicides, most school dropouts, most criminal activity, most drug use are from fatherless homes
There's no denying that coming up with a custody arrangement that works for you and your former partner can be incredibly stressful for everyone involved. You'll likely take a variety of factors into consideration when landing on an exact plan for sharing parenting responsibilities. But all too often, these responsibilities aren't really shared at all. In a new viral video, Emma Johnson, parenting activist and founder of the site WealthySingleMommy.com, lays out a case for co-parents to agree on a truly equal, 50/50 split.
Major win in Texas for Equal Parenting this past week and Major win for Texas Children who want and need both parents in their lives equally and less court battles tearing them apart! Next we take this major victory to the Texas Legislature and we get equal sharing parenting passed this next session! So what was the big victory this week? ￼We took the issue of Equal Parenting to the Republican Party of Texas state convention committees and delegates, and not only was equal parenting passed out of committee unanimously as a proposed platform plank, but it was also passed out of committee and approved by the full delegates as part of the top 15 legislative priorities. For those of you who are not familiar with that it means by equal parenting making the top list of 15 issues, it means the Republican party of Texas made a list of issues the delegates believe are the most important issues to get passed at the next legislative session.￼￼￼￼ ￼The delegates then voted on the top eight priorities and equal parenting might not have made the top eight list of other very important pressing issues, but it will forever have made the top 15 which out of hundreds of platform issues, being in the top 15 is huge. This is a massive win and a huge boost to equal parenting. We can take something like this and go to the legislature this next session and show them this is not only an important issue but it has overwhelming support of voters. Instead of never making it to the floor for a vote in the Texas Legislature even after being voted overwhelmingly out of committee like last session, we can take this huge victory and take it to the Texas Capitol this next session and ensure it makes the floor for a vote to pass equal parenting laws.￼￼￼ Children deserve to have both a mother and father in their lives when both parents are fit willing and able. Children especially need fathers and we have a fatherless crisis in America with most teen pregnancies, drug use, crime and suicide being related to not having a father involved in the lives of those children. A majority of the the time the father is not a deadbeat and wants to be involved but the Texas family law does not easily allow it because the Texas standard possession order, which most judges simply check off the standard possession box, only allows for one parent either the mother or father to get basically four days a month or every other weekend.￼￼￼￼￼ Are that’s not good enough for our kids.........
The following PDF is the text of the HB 803 which is the Texas Equal Parenting Bill that would change the law to give kids equal time with both of their parents as the new starting point in child custody disputes when both parents are fit, willing, and able.
William Fabricius Arizona State University Study:
"From all the perspectives examined, the evidence suggests that a legal presumption for equal parenting time is in children’s best interests."
See the Full Study PDF below which details the facts and findings that prove with factual findings and statistics, that equal parenting is best for kids of separated or divorced parents.
Father Factor in Education – Fatherless children are twice as likely to drop out of school.
Father Factor in Drug and Alcohol Abuse – Researchers at Columbia University found that children living in two-parent household with a poor relationship with their father are 68% more likely to smoke, drink, or use drugs compared to all teens in two-parent households. Teens in single mother households are at a 30% higher risk than those in two-parent households.
Father Factor in Incarceration – Even after controlling for income, youths in father-absent households still had significantly higher odds of incarceration than those in mother-father families. Youths who never had a father in the household experienced the highest odds. A 2002 Department of Justice survey of 7,000 inmates revealed that 39% of jail inmates lived in mother-only households. Approximately forty-six percent of jail inmates in 2002 had a previously incarcerated family member. One-fifth experienced a father in prison or jail.
Father Factor in Crime – A study of 109 juvenile offenders indicated that family structure significantly predicts delinquency. Adolescents, particularly boys, in single-parent families were at higher risk of status, property and person delinquencies. Moreover, students attending schools with a high proportion of children of single parents are also at risk. A study of 13,986 women in prison showed that more than half grew up without their father. Forty-two percent grew up in a single-mother household and sixteen percent lived with neither parent
Father Factor in Child Abuse – Compared to living with both parents, living in a single-parent home doubles the risk that a child will suffer physical, emotional, or educational neglect. The overall rate of child abuse and neglect in single-parent households is 27.3 children per 1,000, whereas the rate of overall maltreatment in two-parent households is 15.5 per 1,000.
Daughters of single parents without a Father involved are 53% more likely to marry as teenagers, 711% more likely to have children as teenagers, 164% more likely to have a pre-marital birth and 92% more likely to get divorced themselves.
Adolescent girls raised in a 2 parent home with involved Fathers are significantly less likely to be sexually active than girls raised without involved Fathers.