DadsDivorce Live: 2014 Shared Parenting Report Card

Last month, the National Parents Organization released its 2014 Shared Parenting Report Card. The report is the first national study to provide a comprehensive ranking of each state on their child custody statutes.

The report revealed some startling statistics. Across the board, states tended to score poorly. 25 states received a D or worse and no states were given an A.

Even though the consensus among child development experts is that shared parenting is an effective way to offset the negative impact of divorce and separation, the study shows how poorly state laws promote co-parenting.

DadsDivorce recently spoke with NPO founder and chairman Ned Holstein, MD, who assisted in writing the report. Dr. Holstein discussed the study’s findings, why states have failed to promote shared parenting, and what needs to be done to improve states’ child custody statutes.


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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on,, and, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

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