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Shared Parenting Proven Superior For Children,
Yet Attacked for the Financial Benefit of feminists, lawyers and judges and the state
Dear Committee Members,
It has come to my attention that the opponents to this equality Bill are starting to show their horns and push for it to be squashed.   Firstly, it should raise a very big red flag that any organisation, group, or individual actually take such a big stand  and oppose equality.  Don't you thik?
I mean, what would the harm to them be if men and women were equal upon divorce?  Surely this is what Feminists have been striving for since they first burnt their bras in the 1960's -isn't it?
Or maybe there is something else, a "hidden agenda" perhaps?
As far as I am concerned there is no "hidden agenda".  They are wide open and telling you that men are not good enough as parents.  I have just read a letter written by a John Lighthouse referencing "ONE" study that he says shows that men are disengaged from their family after divorce, and that kids are not really affected by this as long as they are stable.  Men are usually disengaged by the ex wife and the courts.  He manipulated much of the study to suit his "agenda".
The agenda is to keep the Divorce Industry flourishing - and this is disgusting as it uses peoples emotions and sence of duty to fuel it - all from propaganda and outright lies.  The biggest loser of course is our children.  I have three male children - my little boy's that will one day grow into men, and all of a sudden be suspected batterers, molesters, and hateful souls just because of their gender.   It has to stop.
PLEASE - PLEASE look at all correspondence in a non biased manner and PLEASE consider the source and the possible agendas they carry.
Attached is a web page with many many more studies that I know have been sent to you -please review them again, and pass HB529 to bring back EQUAL standing for all in divorce - give our kids a chance.
Thank you so much,
Andrew Ryan
15 Merrimack St
Nashua, NH 03064
Success Depends on Where Intention Is


Dear Committee Members,
Further to my last letter to you, I would like to submit the following review of research that was conducted by the APA, the very organization that some opponents to HB529 are referring to as not in favor of joint custody.
The fact still remains that HB529 does not split the children's time exactly down the middle.  Each parent is responsible for submitting a workable parental plan.  They then hash out a joint plan if possible through mediation which is submitted to the court.  If it can-not be agreed upon partially or in full, then the Court takes both plans into consideration and judges according to the schedules and specific circumstances and needs of the children involved.
Makes sense right?  It does to me.

American Psychological Association

March 24, 2002

Living Situation Not As Influential As Time Spent With Parent
WASHINGTON - Children from divorced families who either live with both parents at different times or spend certain amounts of time with each parent are better adjusted in most cases than children who live and interact with just one parent, according to new research on custody arrangements and children's adjustment.

Psychologist Robert Bauserman, Ph.D., of AIDS Administration/Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Baltimore, Maryland conducted a meta-analysis of 33 studies between 1982 to 1999 that examined 1,846 sole-custody and 814 joint-custody children. The studies compared child adjustment in joint physical or joint legal custody with sole-custody settings and 251 intact families. Joint custody was defined as either physical custody - where a child spends equal or substantial amounts of time with both parents or shared legal custody - where a child lives with primarily one parent but both parents are involved in all aspects of the child's life. This article will appear in the March issue of the Journal of Family Psychology, published by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Children in joint custody arrangements had less behavior and emotional problems, had higher self-esteem, better family relations and school performance than children in sole custody arrangements. And these children were as well-adjusted as intact family children on the same measures, said Bauserman, "probably because joint custody provides the child with an opportunity to have ongoing contact with both parents."

These findings indicate that children do not actually need to be in a joint physical custody to show better adjustment but just need to spend substantial time with both parents, especially with their fathers, said Bauserman. Also, joint custody couples reported less conflict, possibly because both parents could participate in their children's lives equally and not spend the time arguing over childcare decisions. Unfortunately a perception exists that joint custody is more harmful because it exposes children to ongoing parental conflict. In fact, the studies in this review found that sole-custody parents reported higher levels of conflict.

It is important to recognize that the results do not support joint custody in all situations. When one parent is abusive or neglectful or has a serious mental or physical health problem, sole-custody with the other parent would clearly be preferable, said Bauserman. The judges, lawyers, social workers, psychologists and other professionals involved in divorce counseling and litigation should be aware of these findings to make informed decisions of what environment is best for a child in a custody situation.

Furthermore, to address the question of how much the parents' emotional health compared with the custody arrangement influenced the children's adjustment, Bauserman explained that custody arrangement seemed to have more influence. By statistically controlling for past parental conflict (which indicates parental maladjustment), the joint custody children still were significantly better adjusted. This result was also found in other studies cited in Bauserman's review. More primary research is needed, said Bauserman, "on the past and current adjustment of joint custody and sole custody parents before this question can be completely answered." Article:

"Child Adjustment in Joint-Custody Versus Sole-Custody Arrangements: A Meta-Analytic Review," Robert Bauserman, Ph.D., AIDS Administration/Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Journal of Family Psychology , Vol 16, No. 1.

Full text of the article

is available from the APA Public Affairs Office or at http://www.apaorg/journals/releases/fam16191.pdf

Robert Bauserman, PhD

can be reached by telephone at 410-767-4322

The American Psychological Association (APA), in Washington, DC, is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. APA's membership includes more than 155,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 53 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare.

Andrew Ryan
15 Merrimack St
Nashua NH 03064
Success Depends on Where Intention Is