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NPO’s Deuel appointed to serve 4-year term on Utah Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee


November 7, 2018


Dan Deuel RGBUtah Gov. Gary Herbert recently appointed National Parents Organization (NPO) member Dan Deuel to serve on the state’s Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee. Deuel was sworn in for his four-year term during the group’s Monday, Nov. 5, meeting.

Deuel joins the committee as a Diverse Interests Representative.

The Utah Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee reviews the state’s guidelines to ensure “application results in the determination of appropriate child support award amounts.” The committee reports to the Legislative Judiciary Interim Committee on Oct. 1 each year with majority and individual member recommendations.

“NPO of Utah is committed to working with all parents on all family law issues,” Deuel said. “This includes custodial and noncustodial parents and those involved with Division of Child and Family Services and adoption cases. My philosophy is that all parents have fundamental rights, and when we honor and celebrate those rights, keeping in mind the natural bond of love and affection between parent and child, parents themselves will do what’s in the best interests of the child.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure the State of Utah focuses on empowering parents when determining what works best for the children. Parents, even in disagreement, know their children better and love them more than anyone else.”

A founding member of NPO’s Utah chapter, Deuel has worked in IT for more than 25 years. He is a frequent contributor of op-eds, has been active in Utah politics since 2004 and has established himself as a trusted resource and leader in family law initiatives in the state.

Deuel began work with NPO in 2013. Previously, he worked on legislative reform in Utah as executive director for the American Parental Action League (APAL).

“Dan is an outstanding representative of NPO, and he will undoubtedly be a tremendous asset to Utah’s efforts to promote positive change to the state’s family courts,” said Petra Maxwell, executive director of NPO. “We applaud Dan for his continued work and dedication to improving laws to benefit children.”

National Parents Organization, a charitable and educational 501 (c)(3) organization, seeks better lives for children through family law reform that establishes equal rights and responsibilities for fathers and mothers after divorce or separation. The organization is focused on promoting shared parenting and preserving a child’s strong bonds with both parents, which is critically important to their emotional, mental, and physical health. National Parents Organization released the Shared Parenting Report Card, the first study to rank the states on child custody laws, and in 2017, National Parents Organization hosted the International Conference on Shared Parenting, bringing in research scholars from 18 countries to share their results on shared parenting. Visit the National Parents Organization website at

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