Public Comments for: HB365 - Parenting Coordinator Act; created.
Last Name: McCoy Locality: Chesterfield

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Members of the House of Delegates Courts of Justice - Subcommittee #2, I request that you consider passing HB 365 with an amendment. First, attorneys would not fit well as parenting coordinators. Professionals in this role require more specific expertise such as high-conflict resolution. Also, more than 40 hours of training on child development, domestic violence situations, post-separation abuse, and trauma-informed training must be in place. As such, the parenting coordinator benchmarks and qualifications are specified, as passed by Congress (2018) in H. Con. Res. 72 and include: · (3) evidence from court-affiliated or appointed fee-paid professionals regarding adult or child abuse allegations in custody cases should be admitted only when the professional possesses documented expertise and experience in the relevant types of abuse, trauma, and the behaviors of victims and perpetrators · (4) States should define required standards of expertise and experience for appointed fee-paid professionals who provide evidence to the court on abuse, trauma, and behaviors of victims and perpetrators should specify requirements for the contents of such professional reports and should require courts to find that any appointed professionals meet those standards · (5) States should consider models under which court-appointed professionals are paid directly by the courts, with potential reimbursement by the parties after due consideration of the parties’ financial circumstances

Last Name: Hodder Locality: Chesapeake

I say no to these because for the sake of the children mental health after domestic violence/ abuse sometimes the abusive parent continues their abuse after post separation and legal abuse. The children have the right to choose what they need. In an abusive situation the judges should not turn a blind eye to it, they should protect the children since they are the future. Always believe survivors and children to tell the truth.

Last Name: Jones Locality: Richmond

To the members of the House of Delegates Courts of Justice - Subcommittee #2, I request that you consider passing HB365 with an amendment. Attorneys would not fit this position well. Parenting Coordinators are typically only needed in cases where conflict arises between the parties, typically caused by only one individual in the case. In order to successfully function as a Parenting Coordinator, knowledge of high conflict individuals would be necessary. This is where positions 1a and 1c would be more knowledgeable and better equipped in these cases. Also, forty total hours of training is not enough time to understand the intricacies of domestic violence and its effects on the entire family unit. Domestic violence is no longer only recognized as physical abuse, but also includes psychological, mental, and emotional abuse. Coercive Control is also being recognized in other states as a detrimental form of abusive control. It will take more than 40 hours to learn and understand the depths of abuse within family systems dealing with abuse. There is also the debunked accusation of "Parental Alienation". It is considered junk science, as found in a study by George Washington School of Law professor, Joan Meier in her major study, “Child Custody Outcomes in Cases Involving Parental Alienation and Abuse Allegations,” funded by the National Institute of Justice, and completed in 2019. Its findings have been written about in scholarship and multiple media outlets including The Washington Post and The New Yorker. The qualifications of such a position as a Parenting Coordinator have been laid out in House Concurrent Resolution 72, which passed the US House of Representatives in 2018 (https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/hconres72/BILLS-115hconres72rds.pdf). Some of these items are: · (3) evidence from court-affiliated or appointed fee-paid professionals regarding adult or child abuse allegations in custody cases should be admitted only when the professional possesses documented expertise and experience in the relevant types of abuse, trauma, and the behaviors of victims and perpetrators; · (4) States should define required standards of expertise and experience for appointed fee-paid professionals who provide evidence to the court on abuse, trauma and behaviors of victims and perpetrators, should specify requirements for the contents of such professional reports, and should require courts to find that any appointed professionals meet those standards; · (5) States should consider models under which court-appointed professionals are paid directly by the courts, with potential reimbursement by the parties after due consideration of the parties’ financial circumstances Thank you for your time.

Last Name: Amos Locality: Lynchburg

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To the members of the House of Delegates Courts of Justice - Subcommittee #2, I request that you consider passing HB365 with an amendment. Attorneys would not fit this position well. 40 total hours of training is absolutely not enough time to understand the intricacies of domestic violence and its effects on the entire family unit. "Parental Alienation" has been debunked and is considered junk science, as found in a study by George Washington School of Law professor, Joan Meier. The qualifications of such a position as a Parenting Coordinator have been laid out in House Concurrent Resolution 72, which passed the US House of Representatives in 2018 (https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/hconres72/BILLS-115hconres72rds.pdf). Some of these items are: · (3) evidence from court-affiliated or appointed fee-paid professionals regarding adult or child abuse allegations in custody cases should be admitted only when the professional possesses documented expertise and experience in the relevant types of abuse, trauma, and the behaviors of victims and perpetrators; · (4) States should define required standards of expertise and experience for appointed fee-paid professionals who provide evidence to the court on abuse, trauma and behaviors of victims and perpetrators, should specify requirements for the contents of such professional reports, and should require courts to find that any appointed professionals meet those standards; · (5) States should consider models under which court-appointed professionals are paid directly by the courts, with potential reimbursement by the parties after due consideration of the parties’ financial circumstances Thank you for your time.

Last Name: Horning Organization: The Boys Initiative Locality: Washington, DC

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The Boys Initiative is a nonprofit organization dedicated to implementing solutions to the issues and trends affecting the well-being and success of boys and young men in our nation and around the world. We urge you to support HB365: Parenting Coordinator Act; Created. When custody or visitation is in issue, appointing a parenting coordinator is critical to help parents (i) implement a court order regarding child custody or parenting time, (ii) comply with a court order regarding child custody, (iii) resolve day-to-day issues that arise regarding legal and physical custody of their child, (iv) learn healthy and effective methods of communication and ways to safely and appropriately exchange their child, and (v) reduce litigation where conflict threatens the safety or well-being of their child or has placed an undue burden on the court. To be eligible to be appointed by a court as a parenting coordinator, a person must meet strict qualifications, and must participate in 40 hours of relevant training. The parenting coordinator must also complete 20 hours every two years by either presenting or attending education seminars in related topics including parental alienation, which often affects boys. Boys and young men need the influence of their fathers. Nearly 25 percent of America’s children live in mother-only families. Study after study shows that the involvement of a father or a positive male role model has profound effects on children. The creation of a parenting coordinator will help ensure that parents of boys implement and comply with court ordered custody and visitation rights. Please support HB365. Creating a Parent Coordinator will be beneficial to all of Virginia's children. Respectfully, Susan Horning Susan Horning Co-Director, State Legislative Initiative The Boys Initiative 925-683-1641 shorning@theboysinitiative.org https://boysinitiative.org/

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