Experts: Shared Parenting Can Reduce Domestic Violence

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International experts have concluded that shared parenting can help reduce domestic violence. At the 2015 International Conference on Shared Parenting, which included about 120 research scientists and other experts from more than 20 countries, participants concluded that “…shared parenting [after parental separation or divorce] is recognized as the most effective means for both reducing high parental conflict and preventing first-time family violence.”

This is in stark contrast to the practices of most family courts in the Unites States, which have assumed that shared parenting between high conflict parents after separation or divorce is dangerous and should not be tried. National Parents Organization is pleased that a handful of states — including Missouri, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Minnesota, and South Dakota — have implemented laws that encourage shared parenting. More than 20 states have considered similar proposals in the last year.

National Parents Organization’s Founder and Board Chairman Ned Holstein, MD, was a featured speaker during the International Conference on Shared Parenting. Of the conference’s conclusions, he said, “Remember when we were told not to eat butter until the experts found that it is actually preferable to margarine? Well, we now have the startling reversal that shared parenting after parental separation or divorce is the most effective means for reducing high parental conflict, and that it decreases the subsequent onset of first-time family violence. It is wonderful to know that we have a way to help the children of high-conflict couples who separate or divorce.”

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