We are a diverse group of individuals collaborating on key issues related to family law, including child custody, transparency, judicial accountability, and veteran protections.
Kyle is a veteran, parent, and child of divorce whose family has been impacted by unconstitutional and unjust family court policies and decisions. This experience brought into focus for him a multitude of biases and inequities, which drove him to network with thousands of other parents across the country, organizing community advocates, and working with legislators to enact better protections into law. He is concerned with the long term consequences of unequal treatment in family courts that impact our families, our children, and future generations. It is Kyle’s mission to raise national awareness, propose, develop and implement solutions that better protect our families and children, and have better processes put into place to ensure that the fundamental rights of both parents are upheld fairly and equally.
Stephanie is the founding member of Parentlink, which is a non-profit organization that aims to provide resources and information to families who are dealing with divorce and custody issues. She believes that a comprehensive approach to solving these issues also includes reforming the family court system. She began working with Family Court Reform USA to provide support and to unify the organizations to work toward achieving a common goal of protecting the family unit.
Stephanie is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has over 20 years experience working in accounting. Stephanie has worked in various capacities including preparing financial statements, conducting trend analysis, and leading process and internal control improvement initiatives.
We rely on a variety of volunteers to help run our events, website, content, and more.
Lana McGrady – Parental Equality Advocate
Lana McGrady was raised in a split home with two loving parents, and understands how important cooperative coparenting is and how it affects children long into adulthood. She has seen how the court system incentivizes increased conflict between parents, and how it too often creates bad outcomes for families, such as: separated siblings, courts urging against 50/50 parenting, and many other impractical resolutions.
Rachel Cheng – General Volunteer
Rachel Cheng is an engineer and stepmom, whose advocacy interests are in shared parenting, child support justice, and decreasing the cost and conflict in family court process. In her free time she also volunteers for technical conferences and promoting women in technology.
John Salt – Staff Writer
John Salt is a technical, travel and lifestyle writer. He’s in his forties, a single father, an advocate of shared parenting. John lives in the Front Range near Denver, Colorado, with his son and pug.
Matthew Lockey – General Volunteer
Matthew Lockey believes in equal rights for parents who both love and want to be in the children’s lives. He believes shared parenting is in children’s best interests, and an important issue in this country given its impact. He spends his free time volunteering to make the world a better place for his children, and future generations.
Jonathan Ifrati – General Volunteer and Activist
Jonathan Ifrati has experienced child custody litigation, and understands the problems and inequities in the process. He is actively working in changing the laws regarding family law.
We appreciate our small and one-time contributors too!
To all of the advocates, organizations, parents, and families who continue to support us on our mission to better protect our children and future generations from abuse and injustice.
Family Court Reform USA is a national, non-profit 501(c)4 organization dedicated to protecting the rights of children, parents and families. Our mission is:
- To uphold the fundamental rights of children and parents facing child custody issues in family court
- To reduce adversarial processes and unnecessary state interference
- To advocate for shared, equal, and cooperative co-parenting
The Washington Chapter of Family Court Reform USA has proposed four bills for the 2017-2018 legislative sessions:
The consensus of child development experts around the world is that the best interest of our children is served when they have essentially equal access to the love, care, and resources of both of their biological parents. Despite this widely accepted knowledge, family courts in 49 of 50 states still encourage the outdated paradigm of inequality, essentially favoring one parent over the other, rather than encouraging a cooperative and collaborative effort in caring for children whose parents are not married or cohabitating. This is partly due to the fact that one parent’s motion for equal parental rights and responsibilities can be denied simply because the other parent objects. We believe that this is not only unjust and fails to serve the best interest of our families, but is also a violation of our fundamental right as parents to raise our own children. We, the parents of Washington, want our fundamental right to 50/50 equal, shared parenting upheld when there is no justifiable reason for it to be denied.
This bill was introduced in the 2017 legislation by House Representative Larry Haler. You can review the proposed legislative changes and comment on the bill here: House Bill 1554.
Data Collection and Reporting
We know that parents are being denied residential time with their children, despite motioning the court for more time, even when there are no risk factors present. We also know that 50/50 parenting arrangements are requested nearly 25% of the time, but awarded less than 3% of the time if one parent is opposed. This data is available from the Washington State Center for Court Research, but new data hasn’t been published since 2013. This type of data is essential for a transparent and accountable family court system. In 2017, we want to know not only how the residential time is being divided we’d like to know why parents aren’t being ordered equal custody. We’d like to know how income and representation impact these decisions. We’d like to know how much child support is being ordered and if that is a significant factor in denying a parent their rights. We want to know how often unfounded accusations of domestic violence are being raised as factors and if/how this is influencing judicial decisions. And we want to know if/how bias and/or favoritism is influencing our judiciary. These are extremely important questions that impact the health and well-being of our families, our children, and our future.
Audit the Commission on Judicial Conduct
Legislators in California ordered a groundbreaking audit of their California Commission on Judicial Performance after it was discovered that of thousands of complaints filed against judges, less than 2% result in any disciplinary action, and 80% of those were done privately. The Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct has an even worse record for disciplining judges – less than 1.5% of complaints result in any action being taken, despite proven patterns of failure to uphold due process and other fundamental rights. Furthermore, at least half of the inquiries received by the commission never even resulted in a complaint being filed, which would suggest that not only are they not taking complaints seriously, but they’re also discouraging them from being filed in the first place. We want to know that our elected judiciary will be held accountable for upholding their oath to protect each and every right and liberty guaranteed to us by our constitution and that when those rights are violated, they will be disciplined or removed. Justice cannot be guaranteed if our officials aren’t required to answer to the citizens they serve.
Protection for Families of Veterans
Military service can be a major determining factor in child custody determinations. Service obligations, deployments, permanent changes of station, training cycles, and other needs of the military can substantially impact a parent’s ability to exercise their parental rights and tend to parent duties. Our military commanders go to great lengths to protect military families and serving our nation should not have a permanent impact on a service member’s ability or rights to care for their children. We would like to implement a policy that would allow active duty or recently separated service members to have their final orders revisited and cases reheard, if requested, to reconsider how their changed circumstances allow for more favorable custody arrangements. This would allow servicemembers a period of adjustment, complete service obligations, request a PCS, or to transfer services in order to better position themselves to care for their families.
Our goal is to not only raise awareness about the multitude of injustices in our family court system and its related agencies but to promote meaningful reform through legislation and education. We are building a coalition of organizations across the country to stand in unity for parental rights and to better protect our children, parents, and families dealing with child custody and related issues. We want our elected officials and governing entities who we’ve entrusted to protect our rights and our families to do what they’ve been tasked by the American people to do. We expect our Constitutional liberties and fundamental rights to be upheld.
Our mission is to provide information, structure, and resources for families suffering the adverse effects of the divorce process and child custody issues, we want to empower parents to incorporate respectful and positive interactions in order to come to peaceful and healthy resolutions that protect the health and welfare of the children and the family while providing transparency into the processes and practices of family law.
The Americans for Equal Shared Parenting’s Board of Directors is dedicated to raising awareness of the need for equal shared parenting legislation across the country. Working in collaboration with other organizations in the shared parenting community
We’ve been working hard to create the structure for our nonprofit organization to help us, people who have been adversely affected by outdated family laws, recruit individual and business sponsoring members, and become a trusted resource for people who lobby for legislative changes.
The Fathers’ Rights Movement is a movement whose members are primarily interested in issues related to family law, including child custody and child support that affect fathers and their children. Many of its members are fathers who desire to share the parenting of their children equally with their children’s mother – either after divorce or as unwed fathers. The movement includes women as well as men, often the second wives of divorced fathers or other family members of men who have had some engagement with family law.
United States Veteran Kash Jackson is hoping his military dedication to defending the Constitution can break the media silence barrier few others have been able to crack. Jackson’s quest is to prevent these atrocities through simple, clear, enforced equal parenting legislation. However, in order for that to occur, his first step is to corner the mainstream media into acknowledging the epidemic.
On Restoring Families Radio Show, we will discuss Parental quality, Parental Alienation & Corruption within Federal/State governments, Family Courts & Child Protective Services.