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Massachusetts: Good Results Coming In, But Still Need Urgent Action

January 30, 2015

YOUR URGENT ACTION REQUIRED!
Reform is coming, Reform is coming!!!!!!!

Co-sponsorship deadline extended to Monday February 2, 2015

The deadline for getting co-sponsors for the sweeping custody reform bill has been extended to 5 PM next Monday, February 2(by which time the Patriots will be SuperBowl Champions). We have 14 co-sponsors as of Thursday evening — Great Work! — but we want more, more, more. If you have not called your legislator to ask them to co-sponsor, then please do so right this minute! We need all of you to unite and join this historic effort!"

Here are the co-sponsors we had as of
Thursday evening.

Name District/Address
Anne M. Gobi, Senator-D
Lead Sponsor
Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex
Colleen M. Garry, Rep-D 36th Middlesex
James E. Timilty, Senator-D Bristol and Norfolk
Sheila C. Harrington, Rep-R 1st Middlesex
James J. Dwyer, Rep-D 30th Middlesex
Jeffrey N. Roy, Rep-D 10th Norfolk
Thomas J. Calter, Rep-D 12th Plymouth
Shawn Dooley, Rep-R 9th Norfolk
Chris Walsh, Rep-D 6th Middlesex
Jason M. Lewis, Senator-D Fifth Middlesex
David Vieira  
David P. Linksy  
Rep. Peisch of Wellesley  
Jason M. Lewis, Senator-D  

If you have not yet contacted your legislator, do it now. Ask him/her to co-sponsor SD 1061, a total re-write of the Massachusetts custody law.

Just click on the following link or paste it in your browser to find out who your legislators are: https://malegislature.gov/people/house

If you need help, call Steve Hitner at: 508-335-0069 and he will guide you thru the process.



REMEMBER!

  • Do not blame the courts, the lawyers, your ex-spouse, the judge, or anyone else for your situation. The existing law is bad law, and you are requesting that your legislator fix it.
  • It is ok to refer to parts of the law that affect you negatively. Tell them how the new law would rectify that situation.
  • Below are “four points.” Memorize them and educate your legislators:

They are very busy at this time and you must make it easy for them. You must educate them using the “four points” below.

Begin by telling them you are a constituent and want them to cosponsor:
SD1061 because it will do the following.

  • It states that the policy of the Commonwealth is to promote shared parental responsibility, and the definition of this phrase in the bill includes at least one-third of the parenting time for each parent, and this is best for kids. 
  • It gives the judge new ways to sanction a parent who obstructs court-ordered parenting time.
  • In making the custody decision, a positive factor for the court to take into account is that a parent supports the relationship between the children and the other parent.
  • It makes the current ability and desire of a parent to provide parenting time of equal importance as the history of who was the primary caretaker in the past (who currently is favored).

The Governor’s Working Group, including representatives of all the legal bars, spent two years researching and compromising on the Bill. If it is ok with them, it should be ok with the legislature.

If we let up on this, we will lose. We are not going to lose, ‘cause we are not letting up!

We can do this!

Ned Holstein  
nedholstein@nationalparentsorganization.org

Steve Hitner   
stevehitner@nationalparentsorganization.org

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