National Parents Organization released the inaugural Shared Parenting Report Card, a report issuing state-by-state grades in the nation’s first comprehensive review of child custody statutes as they relate to shared parenting in instances of divorce and separation in order to advocate for shared parenting.
The 2014 report assigned each state a grade, A through F, to indicate the best and worst states for shared parenting – a flexible arrangement in which children enjoy the benefit of having both parents fully engaged in their lives after separation or divorce.
“Our report highlights that many states are not only discouraging shared parenting, but they are also depriving children of what they benefit from most – ample time with both of their parents – while also enabling a system that fosters parental inequality,” Ned Holstein, M.D., M.S., Founder and Chair of National Parents Organization, said.
Don Hubin, Ph.D., who led the National Parents Organization research team and is Director for the Center for Ethics and Human Values at The Ohio State University, said, “Our findings reveal that a majority of states’ statutory provisions are behind the times, with most earning C’s and D’s.”
The report revealed a shared parenting national average of a 1.63 GPA (calculated on a 4.0 GPA scale). Alaska and Arizona received the highest grades, but even they received only a B. The worst custody statutes were found in New York and Rhode Island. The comprehensive review resulted in the following grades:
- 0 states received an A
- 8 states received a B
- 18 states received a C
- 23 states received a D
- 2 states received an F
For more information, please reference the report and the report’s executive summary:
- 2014 Shared Parenting Report Card: A New Look At Child Welfare, A State-by-State Ranking
- 2014 Shared Parenting Report Card Executive Summary
*The Shared Parenting Report Card is an instrument developed by National Parents Organization to educate about disparities on state laws protecting children’s rights to enjoy a full parent/child relationship with both parents when the parents are living apart.