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.