February 13, 2015
On January 28, 2015, the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Richmond, Virginia, published an op-ed from National Parents Organization of Virginia member Kristen Leadbeater titled “Shared parenting is the answer to poor child custody grades.”
Her piece highlighted National Parents Organization’s Shared Parenting Report Card and the need for child custody law reform.
“I imagine my stepson bringing home a report card with a 1.63 GPA. Would I be satisfied? Would I say, ‘Well, that’s OK. It’s good enough?’ I would not. By most measures, a 1.63 GPA would not be acceptable to any of us, particularly when it comes to our children,” Leadbeater wrote. “We would want to encourage our children to improve and, if necessary, find ways to help them get there. So how is it that, as a nation, we have an average equivalent to a 1.63 GPA on our child custody statutes, and we aren’t doing much to change that? After all, this is America; we innately find ways to make things better.”