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Jan. 17, 2023

Behind the Scenes: Action Steps You Can Take to Change the Law and Future Custody Battles after Divorces

Behind the Scenes: Action Steps You Can Take to Change the Law and Future Custody Battles after Divorces

How to Contact Your Elected Officials:

usa.gov


Teresa Harlow wrote a terrific seven-step co-parenting guide for co-parenting and immediate action as a helpful resource for the National Parents Organization.

  1. Communicate with Your Co-parent
  2. Work on Yourself
  3. Mediation Keeps Decision-making in Parents’ Hands
  4. Collaborative and Amicable Divorce Processes
  5. Family therapists
  6. Co-parent Coaching
  7. Courts should be a last resort


Two examples of how significant social change came from the bottom-up and directly from the people.


Ways to get involved in your local legislation change:

  • Help write the new proposed bill by partnering with the leading organization.
  • Give your testimony at the state house to help get the bill passed into law and explain why you are for the bill
  • Raise awareness by communicating the progress of the bill to your community
  • Meet with other legislators outside of your area to help inform them of what the bill says and why they should vote to pass.


The steps of passing a bill.

  • Legislator becomes aware of the community need
  • Draft bill
  • Propose the bill
  • Obtain a name/number for the bill
  • Committee review which includes public hearings for those that want to speak in favor and against the bill
  • Debated in committee and possible recommendations for amending it to pass
  • Voted on by committee and referred to Senate to evaluate