Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Related Google searches

Some Google searches that bring up material relevant to, but often importantly distinct from, shared parenting include these:

"Georgia joint custody"

Comment: custody is both legal and physical. But "joint physical custody" might not imply equal or close to equal physical custody. 

"Georgia joint physical custody"

Comment: this is better. A barrier to this though is that many documents, including child support worksheets, have a place to enter the "primary physical custodian" or the individual who has "primary physical custody." This concept, which is not a legal requirement, is a barrier to shared parenting, in many ways. This will be discussed later. 
"Atlanta shared parenting"

"Atlanta shared custody"

"Georgia fathers rights"
Comment: many of these results pertain to fathers not married to the mother, or cases where paternity is in question or hasn't been legally established. These factors add an additional  layer of complexity; this page currently won't be exploring those issues. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

About the National Parents Organization

Reposting information about this organization:

National Parents Organization is the national voice for family law reform.  National Parents Organization, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), organization, is reforming the family courts to ensure equal treatment for fathers and mothers which, in turn, further guarantees the well-being of their children; to make shared parenting after separation or divorce the norm; and to ensure that finances after separation or divorce are distributed equitably. 
National Parents Organization recognizes that preserving a strong bond between children and their parents is critically important to children’s emotional, mental, and physical health. Society supports shared parenting in theory, but the practice is suffering from a lack of proactive support by our courts, legislatures, and systems. Our objective is to change the “default” position of laws, court orders, and social attitudes in general to see shared parenting as the best possible outcome for raising all children – whether or not the parents are together.
Our Mission
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.
Our Vision
National Parents Organization’s vision is a society in which:
  • Children are happier and more successful because their loving bonds are protected after parental separation or divorce;
  • Children have a natural right to be nurtured and guided by both parents;
  • Society treats fathers and mothers as equally important to the wellbeing of their children;
  • Shared parenting after separation or divorce is the norm;
  • The courts arrange finances after separation or divorce so that both mothers and fathers can afford to house and care for their children and themselves; and
  • Our society understands and respects the essential role of fathers.
Core Principles
Our core principles are:
  • Shared Parenting: Shared parenting protects children’s best interests and the loving bonds children share with both parents after separation or divorce.
  • Parental Equality: Equality between genders has been extended to every corner of American society, with one huge exception: family courts and the related agencies.
  • Respect for Human and Property Rights: The Supreme Court of the United States has found that “the interest of parents in the care, custody, and control of their children... is perhaps the oldest of the fundamental liberty interests recognized by this Court.”

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Re-posting from a Georgia Family Law blog

March 22, 2007


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