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2018 Bullet Point Recommendations from the FUAN Custodial Reform Committee

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Last updated January 30, 2018 

Iowa Code 598 for Shared Parenting:
A child’s rights for parental time are fundamental.

Rebuttable presumption of Shared Parenting when dealing with a custodial division.

The following recommendations are created and endorsed by following individuals and organizations: 

Families United Action Network-(FUAN) Board of Directors: 

• Chief Executive Director, Nicholas Dreeszen.
• Executive Director, and founder of Iowa Citizens For Justice, ToyA Johnson, (DRC) Chairman.
• FUAN Treasurer, Matthew Hickok, (CRC) Chairman.
• Communication Director, Caitlyn Dixson.
• Atty. Jeff Janssen, FUAN Compliance Director.
• Travis Grassel, FUAN Lead Lobbyist.
• John George, FUAN Assistant Lobbyist.
• June Quick, FUAN (DRC) Co-Chair.

FUAN COMMITTEE MEMBERS: 

• Dillon Wyckoff, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Rustin Wright, Americans for Parental Equality, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Sherry Palmer, Fix Family Courts USA, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Ryan Knapp, Paternal Guardians of Iowa, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Carlos Vic Walker, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Terry Brennan, Leading Women for Shared Parenting, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Tom McDermott, TFRM, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Nathan Altenhofen, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Randall Stone, Estranged Parents, ACLA, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Connie Reguli, Family Forward Project, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Tanya Myers, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Nancy Augustine, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Jeannine Eldrenkamp, Iowa Family Preservation Project-IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Joel Jackson, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Cyd Koehn, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Melody Nelson, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Melissa Martin, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Elaine Willey, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Laure Fosselman Jackson, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Atty, Jacob Van Cleaf, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Matt Evans, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Mark Ludwig, Americans for Equal Shared Parenting, FUAN “Active Committee member”

1. What is the general subject of this legislative proposal? 

– A child’s rights for parental time are fundamental.
– Rebuttable presumption of Shared Parenting when dealing with a custodial division.

2. What section of the Iowa code would be amended by this legislation?

– Iowa code 598.

3. Explain in detail the need for this legislation or the problem addressed by the proposal. 

The purpose of this proposed change is to be in compliance with studies by 112 social scientists that all concluded that Shared or collaborative Parenting that strives to maximize parenting time as equally as possible between parents is in the best interest of children of all ages. The studies further concluded that when parenting time is not equalized suicide and jail time of the affected children is much higher.

Conversely, children experiencing Shared Parenting with maximized attempts to equalize parenting time are more apt to be honor students, entrepreneurs, and successful, productive members of society. For these reasons, we propose establishing a foundation of parental equality will benefit children and families by building individuals up rather than tearing them down.

Allowing children equal access to both fit and loving parents will dramatically improve our society and generate long-term growth opportunities through emotional, financial, mental, and physical well-being for children and families.

Equal Shared Parenting maximizes children’s time with both parents in divorce and/or separation situations minimizes the adversarial nature of family law while reducing the financial burdens put on families and individuals during the current court proceedings.

The goal is to promote family preservation which will create an environment that produces healthier individuals, a more stable and fruitful economy, strong community ties for Iowa, and a prosperous tomorrow for all. 

4. What parts or departments of the Iowa State government might be affected by
this legislation?

– Judiciary, Human Resources, DHS, ISBA, adoption and foster agencies, juvenile correctional industries, local and state police departments, schools for all ages and curriculums, and counselors, psychologist, and other medical professionals.

5. What other stakeholders might have an interest in this legislation?

– Individuals, family members, friends, and other community members that associate with those going through a custodial division, local churches, homeless shelters, or other service agencies that deal with troubled youth or families in need.

6. What sections, department, or stakeholders consulted about this proposal?

The listing of the following people, organizations, state departments and offices in no way implies agreement or disapproval with the recommendations of FUAN. It is to simply acknowledge that in-person contact was made, and discussion relevant to our causes and concerns were addressed during those encounters. 

Members of the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary Branches, ISBA, and Iowa Department of Human Services have been consulted which includes but is not limited to the following individuals: 

1. President, Donald Trump
2. Iowa NAACP
2. Iowa ACLU
3. Dr. Linda Nelson
4. Charles Palmer DHS
5. Vern Armstrong DHS
6. Wendi Rickman DHS
7. President of “The Fatherless Generation, Dr. Torri Barton
8. Attorney Connie Reguli
9. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
10. Libertarian Presidential nominee, Garry Johnson

11. Congressman David Young
12. House of Representatives Oversight Committee
13. Representatives and members of the Supreme and District Courts
14. Diane Dornburg ISBA
15. Iowa Citizen’s for Justice
16. Forensic Psychologist – Attorney Demosthenes Lorandos;
17. The Iowa Supreme Court
18. Iowa Fathers Association
19. Attorney, Jacob Van Cleaf
20. Attorney Kerry Finnley
21. Attorney Daniel Hearting
22. Representative Ruthann Gaines
23. Representative Bobby Kaufman
24. Former Representative Dan Kelly
25. Representative John Forbes
26. Representative Timi Brown-Powers
27. Representative Liz Bennett
28. Representative Ken Rizer
28. Representative Walt Rodgers
29. Representative Chris Hagenow
30. Representative Mary Wolfe
31. Representative Deborah Barry
32. Senator Ted Cruz
33. Senator Rick Santorum
34. Senator Rand Paul
35. Senator Joni Ernst
36. Senator Charles Grassley
37. President of TERM- The Fathers Rights Movement, Thomas Fiddler
38. TV host, John Harvey
39. Representative Ako Abdul-Samad
40. Representative Chip Baltimore
41. Representative Clel Bauldler
42. Representative Terry Baxter
43. Representative Brian Best
44. Representative Josh Byrnes
45. Representative Peter Cownie
46. Representative Chris Hall
47. Representative David Heaton
48. Representative Jake Highfill
49. Representative Steven Holt
50. Representative Jerry Kerry
51. Representative Kevin Keoster
52. Representative Zach Nunn
53. Representative Rick Olson
54. Representative Sandy Salmon
55. Representative Mike Sexton
56. Representative Mark Smith
57. Representative Art Stade
58. Representative Sally Stutsman
59. Representative Rob Taylor
60. Representative Ralf Watts
61. Attorney Tom Feigen
62. Desmund Adams
63. Former Jimmy Carter Administration employee, Robert Krause
64. President of IFPP-lowa Family Preservation Project, Jeannine Eldrenkamp
65. L.E.A.P — Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
66. Asian & Latino Coalition
67. Renaissance Center of Iowa
68. Family Leader

69. Sherry Palmer- PHD
70. Senator Jason Shultz
71. Former Senator Mike Gronstal
72. Senator Tony Bisignano
73. Senator Todd Bowman
74. Charles Schneider
75. Senator Brad Zaun
76. Senator Mark Castello
77. Former Senator Dick Dearden
78. Senator Jeff Danielson
79. Senator Rita Hart
80. Senator Robbert Hogg
81. Senator Pam Jochum
82. Senator Kevin Kinney
83. Senator Liz Mathis
84. Senator Matt McCOY
85. Senator Janet Peterson
86. Senator Amy Sinclar
87. Former Senator Steve Sodders
88. Senator Rich Taylor
89. Senator Jack Whitver
90. Various Spiritual leaders throughout Iowa
91. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’malley
92. Missouri Gov. Nixon
93. Clive Police Lieutenant Mario Colman
95. Other respected community leaders and organizations, and residents all over the state.
96. Jerry Foxhoven, Iowa DHS
97. Representative Abby Finkenauer
98. Nathaniel Gavronsky
99. Daniel Zeno ACLU
100. Dawn Turner district 2 Regional Supervisor
101. Gary Bucher Owner of Mid Iowa Occupational Testing
102. Sharon Steckman Representative 

7. What sections, departments, or other stakeholders SUPPORT this proposal?

Mention of a name indicates that individual is supportive of the issue but not necessarily in agreement with the specific language proposed. 

The Iowa Medical Association
Leading Women For Shared Parenting
National Parents Organization
Americans For Equal Shared Parenting
Iowa Family Preservation Project
The Fathers Rights Movement-TFRM
Fix Family Courts USA
Family Court Reform USA
Restoring Freedom USA
The Iowa Leader
Senator Brad Zaun
Senator Amy Sinclair
Senator Jeff Edler
Senator Charles Schneider
Senator Jason Shultz
Representative Ashley Hinson
Representative Brian Myer
Representative Ruth Ann Gaines
Representative Chris Hagendow

Representative Walt Rodgers
Representative Ken Rizer
Representative Kevin Koester
Representative Chip Baltimore
Representative Liz Bennett
Representative Zach Nunn
Representative Greg Hartsill

8. What sections, departments, or other stockholders OPPOSE this proposal?

– ISBA

9. Provide specific overage amending the Iowa code. 

DOWNLOADS: 

598.41 Bill 1 Rebuttable Presumption To Parent-FUAN-2017.1229

598.41_Bill 2-Best Interest of the Child Definition-FUAN-2017.1229

2018 FUAN (CRC) #1… Iowa Code 598 for Shared Parenting 

FUAN__598.41 Bill Points with Q-A

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION 

Interview with FUAN Lead Lobbyist, Travis Grassel.
http://whotv.com/2016/02/28/the-insiders-feb-28th-edition-part-1-divorce-in-iowa/

Mayim Bialik Shares Some Wise Words For Women Going Through Divorce 
http://www.scarymommy.com/mayim-bialik-talks-divorce-youtube-video/ 

Kentucky Governor Signs Bill Giving Kids Equal Parenting in Temporary Orders! 
http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/17RS/HB492.htm

KY’s Rep. Mills: Child Custody Change Helps Level Playing Field 
http://sharedparentingworks.org/2017/05/03/kys-rep-mills-child-custody-change-helps-level-playing-field/ 

Shared Parenting – Co-Parenting:
Here is one resource that may help increase positive dialogue about custody or visitation, either in a divorce case or some action by the state or a foster agency. This is a huge topic and can be challenging if the other party is more about creating drama, or playing popularity games.
http://sharedparentingworks.org/free-parenting-plans/ 

Wright: Shared parenting is doing what’s right for our kids 
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/opinion/contributors/viewpoints/2017/11/19/wright-shared-parenting-doing-whats-right-our-kids/875275001/
http://www.chess.su.se/polopoly_fs/1.166729.1392279984!/menu/standard/file/Warshak-Social%20Science%20and%20Parenting%20Plans%20for%20Young%20Children%20final%20ms%20distribution%20copy.pdf 

Iowa Code 598… Changing “Visitation time” to “Parenting time.”

The following recommendations are created and endorsed by following individuals and organizations:

Families United Action Network-(FUAN) Board of Directors: 

• Chief Executive Director, Nicholas Dreeszen.
• Executive Director, and founder of Iowa Citizens For Justice, ToyA Johnson, (DRC) Chairman.
• FUAN Treasurer, Matthew Hickok, (CRC) Chairman.
• Communication Director, Caitlyn Dixson.
• Atty. Jeff Janssen, FUAN Compliance Director.
• Travis Grassel, FUAN Lead Lobbyist.
• John George, FUAN Assistant Lobbyist.
• June Quick, FUAN (DRC) Co-Chair.

FUAN COMMITTEE MEMBERS: 

• Dillon Wyckoff, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Rustin Wright, Americans for Parental Equality, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Sherry Palmer, Fix Family Courts USA, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Ryan Knapp, Paternal Guardians of Iowa, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Carlos Vic Walker, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Terry Brennan, Leading Women for Shared Parenting, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Tom McDermott, TFRM, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Nathan Altenhofen, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Randall Stone, Estranged Parents, ACLA, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Connie Reguli, Family Forward Project, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Tanya Myers, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Nancy Augustine, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Jeannine Eldrenkamp, Iowa Family Preservation Project-IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Joel Jackson, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Cyd Koehn, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Melody Nelson, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Melissa Martin, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Elaine Willey, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Laure Fosselman Jackson, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Atty, Jacob Van Cleaf, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Matt Evans, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Mark Ludwig, Americans for Equal Shared Parenting, FUAN “Active Committee member”

1. What is the general subject of this legislative proposal?

– Changing “Visitation time” to “Parenting time.”

2. What section of the Iowa code would be amended by this legislation?

– Iowa code 598 and Iowa code 232.

3. Explain in detail the need for this legislation or the problem addressed by
proposal.

This recommendation creates no legal change but is a subconscious mindset that parents are not visitors to their own children. The goal is to prevent marginalizing either parent from the duties and responsibilities of parenting in order to maintain disciplinary authority and rights of both child and parent. In time, we expect this subtle cultural change in mindsets to increase collaboration between custodial and noncustodial parents while also creating a new level of expected accountability of the role of parenting.

This bill seeks to change most references of “visitation” to “parenting time” within Iowa Code 598 and 232 with the exception of 232 p. 105 233.163 that deals with sibling and other relative visitations. Further, “parenting time” shall be defined as the amount of time each custodial, non-custodial, collaborative parent spends with their child/children, and whenever possible complying with the “best interest of the child” definition through maximizing physical time with each parent unless a court determines that a child is at risk as outlined throughout the Iowa Code 598 and 232.

4. What parts or departments of the Iowa State government might be affected by
this legislation?

– No parts or departments will be affected by this change.

5. What other stakeholders might have an interest in this legislation?

– Individuals, family members, friends, and other community members that associate with those going through a custodial division, local churches, homeless shelters, or other service agencies that deal with troubled youth or families in need.

6. What sections, department, or stakeholders consulted about this proposal?

The listing of the following people, organizations, state departments and offices in no way implies agreement or disapproval with the recommendations of FUAN. It is to simply acknowledge that in person contact was made, and discussion relevant to our causes and concerns were addressed during those encounters. 

Members of the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary Branches, ISBA, and Iowa Department of Human Services have been consulted which includes but is not limited to the following individuals:

1. President, Donald Trump
2. Iowa NAACP
2. Iowa ACLU
3. Dr. Linda Nelson
4. Charles Palmer DHS
5. Vern Armstrong DHS
6. Wendi Rickman DHS
7. President of  The Fatherless Generation, Dr. Torri Barton
8. Attorney Connie Reguli
9. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
10. Libertarian Presidential nominee, Garry Johnson
11. Congressman David Young
12. House of Representatives Oversight Committee
13. Representatives and members of the Supreme and District Courts
14. Diane Dornburg ISBA
15. Iowa Citizen's for Justice
16. Forensic Psychologist – Attorney Demosthenes Lorandos;
17. The Iowa Supreme Court
18. Iowa Fathers Association
19. Attorney, Jacob Van Cleaf
20. Attorney Kerry Finley
21. Attorney Daniel Hearting
22. Representative Ruthann Gaines
23. Representative Bobby Kaufman
24. Former Representative Dan Kelly
25. Representative John Forbes
26. Representative Timi Brown-Powers
27. Representative Liz Bennett
28. Representative Ken Rizer
28. Representative Walt Rodgers
29. Representative Chris Hagenow
30. Representative Mary Wolfe
31. Representative Deborah Barry
32. Senator Ted Cruz
33. Senator Rick Santorum
34. Senator Rand Paul
35. Senator Joni Ernst
36. Senator Charles Grassley
37. President of TERM- The Fathers Rights Movement, Thomas Fiddler
38. TV host, John Harvey
39. Representative Ako Abdul-Samad
40. Representative Chip Baltimore
41. Representative Clel Baudller
42. Representative Terry Baxter
43. Representative Brian Best
44. Representative Josh Byrnes
45. Representative Peter Cownie
46. Representative Chris Hall

47. Representative David Heaton
48. Representative Jake Highfill
49. Representative Steven Holt
50. Representative Jerry Kerry
51. Representative Kevin Keoster
52. Representative Zach Nunn
53. Representative Rick Olson
54. Representative Sandy Salmon
55. Representative Mike Sexton
56. Representative Mark Smith
57. Representative Art Stade
58. Representative Sally Stutsman
59. Representative Rob Taylor
60. Representative Ralf Watts
61. Attorney Tom Feigen
62. Desmund Adams
63. Former Jimmy Carter Administration employee, Robert Krause
64. President of IFPP-lowa Family Preservation Project, Jeannine Eldrenkamp
65. L.E.A.P — Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
66. Asian & Latino Coalition
67. Renaissance Center of Iowa
68. Family Leader
69. Sherry Palmer- PHD
70. Senator Jason Shultz
71. Former Senator Mike Gronstal
72. Senator Tony Bisignano
73. Senator Todd Bowman
74. Charles Schneider
75. Senator Brad Zaun
76. Senator Mark Castello
77. Former Senator Dick Dearden
78. Senator Jeff Danielson
79. Senator Rita Hart
80. Senator Robert Hogg
81. Senator Pam Jochum
82. Senator Kevin Kinney
83. Senator Liz Mathis
84. Senator Matt McCoy
85. Senator Janet Peterson
86. Senator Amy Sinclair
87. Former Senator Steve Sodders
88. Senator Rich Taylor
89. Senator Jack Whitver
90. Various Spiritual leaders throughout Iowa
91. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley
92. Missouri Gov. Nixon
93. Clive Police Lieutenant Mario Colman
95. Other respected community leaders and organizations, and residents all over the state.
96. Jerry Foxhoven, Iowa DHS
97. Representative Abby Finkenauer
98. Nathaniel Gavronsky
99. Daniel Zeno ACLU
100. Dawn Turner district 2 Regional Supervisor
101. Gary Bucher Owner of Mid Iowa Occupational Testing
102. Sharon Steckman Representative

7. What sections, departments, or other stakeholders SUPPORT this proposal?

Mention of a name indicates that individual is supportive of the issue but not necessarily in agreement with the specific language proposed.

This recommendation has received an abundance of support. We will list just a few of the known organizations who support this.

• ISBA
• Leading Women For Shared Parenting
• National Parents Organization
• Americans For Equal Shared Parenting
• Iowa Family Preservation Project
• The Fathers Rights Movement-TFRM
• Fix Family Courts USA
• Family Court Reform USA
• Restoring Freedom USA

8. What sections, departments, or other stockholders OPPOSE this proposal?

– There is no known opposition to changing “Visitation time” to “Parenting time.”

9. Provide specific overage amending the Iowa code.

Download: (CRC) #2.2 Parenting Time draft. -FUAN-2017.1229

Iowa Code 598, for enacting Parenting time aka “visitation” enforcement:

The following recommendations are created and endorsed by following individuals and organizations: 

Families United Action Network-(FUAN) Board of Directors: 

• Chief Executive Director, Nicholas Dreeszen.
• Executive Director, and founder of Iowa Citizens For Justice, ToyA Johnson, (DRC) Chairman.
• FUAN Treasurer, Matthew Hickok, (CRC) Chairman.
• Communication Director, Caitlyn Dixson.
• Atty. Jeff Janssen, FUAN Compliance Director.
• Travis Grassel, FUAN Lead Lobbyist.
• John George, FUAN Assistant Lobbyist.
• June Quick, FUAN (DRC) Co-Chair.

FUAN COMMITTEE MEMBERS: 

• Dillon Wyckoff, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Rustin Wright, Americans for Parental Equality, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Sherry Palmer, Fix Family Courts USA, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Ryan Knapp, Paternal Guardians of Iowa, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Carlos Vic Walker, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Terry Brennan, Leading Women for Shared Parenting, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Tom McDermott, TFRM, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Nathan Altenhofen, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Randall Stone, Estranged Parents, ACLA, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Connie Reguli, Family Forward Project, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Tanya Myers, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Nancy Augustine, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Jeannine Eldrenkamp, Iowa Family Preservation Project-IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Joel Jackson, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Cyd Koehn, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Melody Nelson, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Melissa Martin, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Elaine Willey, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Laure Fosselman Jackson, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Atty, Jacob Van Cleaf, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Matt Evans, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Mark Ludwig, Americans for Equal Shared Parenting, FUAN “Active Committee member”

1. What is the general subject of this legislative proposal?

– The subject of this legislation is for Parenting time aka “visitation” enforcement.

2. What section of the Iowa code would be amended by this legislation?

– Iowa code 598.

3. Explain in detail the need for this legislation or the problem addressed by
proposal?

4. What parts or departments of the Iowa State government might be affected by
this legislation?

– Judiciary, Human Resources, DHS, ISBA, adoption and foster agencies, juvenile correctional industries, local and state police departments, schools for all ages and curriculums, and counselors, psychologist, and other medical professionals will be affected.

5. What other stakeholders might have an interest in this legislation?

– Individuals, family members, friends, and other community members that associate with those going through a custodial division, local churches, homeless shelters, or other service agencies that deal with troubled youth or families in need should be interested in this legislation.

6. What sections, department, or stakeholders consulted about this proposal?

The listing of the following people, organizations, state departments and offices in no way implies agreement or disapproval with the recommendations of FUAN. It is to simply acknowledge that in-person contact was made, and discussion relevant to our causes and concerns were addressed during those encounters.

Members of the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary Branches, ISBA, and Iowa Department of Human Services have been consulted which includes but is not limited to the following individuals: 

1. President, Donald Trump
2. Iowa NAACP
2. Iowa ACLU
3. Dr. Linda Nelson
4. Charles Palmer DHS
5. Vern Armstrong DHS

6. Wendi Rickman DHS
7. President of The Fatherless Generation, Dr. Torri Barton
8. Attorney Connie Reguli
9. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
10. Libertarian Presidential nominee, Garry Johnson
11. Congressman David Young
12. House of Representatives Oversight Committee
13. Representatives and members of the Supreme and District Courts 14. Diane Dornburg ISBA
15. Iowa Citizen’s for Justice
16. Forensic Psychologist – Attorney Demosthenes Lorandos;
17. The Iowa Supreme Court
18. Iowa Fathers Association
19. Attorney, Jacob Van Cleaf
20. Attorney Kerry Finley
21. Attorney Daniel Hearting
22. Representative Ruthann Gaines
23. Representative Bobby Kaufman
24. Former Representative Dan Kelly
25. Representative John Forbes
26. Representative Timi Brown-Powers
27. Representative Liz Bennett
28. Representative Ken Rizer
28. Representative Walt Rodgers
29. Representative Chris Hagenow
30. Representative Mary Wolfe
31. Representative Deborah Barry
32. Senator Ted Cruz
33. Senator Rick Santorum
34. Senator Rand Paul
35. Senator Joni Ernst
36. Senator Charles Grassley
37. President of TERM- The Fathers Rights Movement, Thomas Fiddler
38. TV host, John Harvey
39. Representative Ako Abdul-Samad
40. Representative Chip Baltimore
41. Representative Clel Baudller
42. Representative Terry Baxter
43. Representative Brian Best
44. Representative Josh Byrnes
45. Representative Peter Cownie
46. Representative Chris Hall
47. Representative David Heaton
48. Representative Jake Highfill
49. Representative Steven Holt
50. Representative Jerry Kerry
51. Representative Kevin Keoster
52. Representative Zach Nunn
53. Representative Rick Olson
54. Representative Sandy Salmon
55. Representative Mike Sexton
56. Representative Mark Smith
57. Representative Art Stade
58. Representative Sally Stutsman
59. Representative Rob Taylor

60. Representative Ralf Watts
61. Attorney Tom Feigen
62. Desmund Adams
63. Former Jimmy Carter Administration employee, Robert Krause
64. President of IFPP-lowa Family Preservation Project, Jeannine Eldrenkamp
65. L.E.A.P — Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
66. Asian & Latino Coalition
67. Renaissance Center of Iowa
68. Family Leader
69. Sherry Palmer- PHD
70. Senator Jason Shultz
71. Former Senator Mike Gronstal
72. Senator Tony Bisignano
73. Senator Todd Bowman
74. Charles Schneider
75. Senator Brad Zaun
76. Senator Mark Castello
77. Former Senator Dick Dearden
78. Senator Jeff Danielson
79. Senator Rita Hart
80. Senator Robert Hogg
81. Senator Pam Jochum
82. Senator Kevin Kinney
83. Senator Liz Mathis
84. Senator Matt McCoy
85. Senator Janet Peterson
86. Senator Amy Sinclair
87. Former Senator Steve Sodders
88. Senator Rich Taylor
89. Senator Jack Whitver
90. Various Spiritual leaders throughout Iowa
91. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley
92. Missouri Gov. Nixon
93. Clive Police Lieutenant Mario Colman
95. Other respected community leaders and organizations, and residents all over the state.
96. Jerry Foxhoven, Iowa DHS
97. Representative Abby Finkenauer
98. Nathaniel Gavronsky
99. Daniel Zeno ACLU
100. Dawn Turner district 2 Regional Supervisor
101. Gary Bucher Owner of Mid Iowa Occupational Testing
102. Sharon Steckman Representative 

7. What sections, departments, or other stakeholders SUPPORT this proposal?

Mention of a name indicates that individual is supportive of the issue but not necessarily in agreement with the specific language proposed.

(This recommendation has received an abundance of support. We will list just a few of the organizations.) 

• Leading Women For Shared Parenting
• National Parents Organization
• Americans For Equal Shared Parenting
• Iowa Family Preservation Project
• The Fathers Rights Movement-TFRM
• Fix Family Courts USA
• Family Court Reform USA
• Restoring Freedom USA 

8. What sections, departments, or other stockholders OPPOSE this proposal?

– There is no known opposition to enacting parenting time aka “visitation” enforcement. 

9. Provide specific overage amending the Iowa code.

– There is no prepared language for this recommendation.

Iowa Code 598… for Relocation restrictions as set forth in New Jersey law:

The following recommendations are created and endorsed by following individuals and organizations: 

Families United Action Network-(FUAN) Board of Directors: 

• Chief Executive Director, Nicholas Dreeszen.
• Executive Director, and founder of Iowa Citizens For Justice, ToyA Johnson, (DRC) Chairman.
• FUAN Treasurer, Matthew Hickok, (CRC) Chairman.
• Communication Director, Caitlyn Dixson.
• Atty. Jeff Janssen, FUAN Compliance Director.
• Travis Grassel, FUAN Lead Lobbyist.
• John George, FUAN Assistant Lobbyist.
• June Quick, FUAN (DRC) Co-Chair.

FUAN COMMITTEE MEMBERS: 

• Dillon Wyckoff, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Rustin Wright, Americans for Parental Equality, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Sherry Palmer, Fix Family Courts USA, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Ryan Knapp, Paternal Guardians of Iowa, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Carlos Vic Walker, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Terry Brennan, Leading Women for Shared Parenting, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Tom McDermott, TFRM, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Nathan Altenhofen, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Randall Stone, Estranged Parents, ACLA, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Connie Reguli, Family Forward Project, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Tanya Myers, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Nancy Augustine, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Jeannine Eldrenkamp, Iowa Family Preservation Project-IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Joel Jackson, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Cyd Koehn, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Melody Nelson, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Melissa Martin, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Elaine Willey, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Laure Fosselman Jackson, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Atty, Jacob Van Cleaf, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Matt Evans, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Mark Ludwig, Americans for Equal Shared Parenting, FUAN “Active Committee member”

1. What is the general subject of this legislative proposal?

– The subject is relocation restrictions as set forth in New Jersey law.

2. What section of the Iowa code would be amended by this legislation?

– Iowa code 598. 

3. Explain in detail the need for this legislation or the problem addressed by
proposal.

NJ Child Relocation Out of State under the “Old” Baures vs. Lewis Standard (Essentially the current Iowa Test – ICA 598.21D) The New Jersey (NJ) relocation statute allows a custodial parent to relocate out of state with the child if the noncustodial parent doesn’t object. N.J.S.A. 9:2-2. If there is an objection by the noncustodial parent or the child (if of age), then the custodial parent must obtain court approval before moving the child from the court’s jurisdiction but showing a reason or cause for the move. 

Historically, courts were reluctant to allow a custodial parent move out of state with the non-custodial parent’s children and set a high bar for custodial parents seeking to do so. The courts were concerned about how distance would affect the children’s relationship with the non-custodial parent. As a result, the courts favored keeping the children in the state. In 2001, in Baures vs. Lewis, the Supreme Court of New Jersey revisited the rule for determining whether to allow a custodial parent to relocate out of state with his or her children over the other parent’s objection. Courts had previously looked only at the effect of relocation on the children. But the court acknowledged social science studies showing that what was good for the custodial parent could also be good for the children. Additionally, technology provided vastly improved modes of communication over those previously available. The court also noted a trend in other states, which had eased the burden on custodial parents and increasingly allowed them to move out of state children even if the noncustodial parent objected.

In light of these factors, the court revised the standard to be applied to relocation cases and set out a list of factors a court must consider in deciding whether to allow a New Jersey custodial parent to move out of state with the parties’ children. Courts were to consider the following factors: 

  • The custodial parent’s reasons given for the move 
  • The non-custodial parent’s reasons for opposing the move 
  • The past history between the parties to the extent it bears on the reasons giving favoring and opposing the move 
  • Whether the educational, health, and leisure opportunities for the child in the new location are at least equal to those
    currently available to the child in NJ 
  • Whether the child has any special needs or talents and whether accommodation for those needs or talents is available in
    the new location 
  • Whether a visitation and communication schedule can be designed to “allow the noncustodial parent to maintain a full
    and continuous relationship” with the child 
  • The likelihood that the custodial parent will continue to foster the child’s relationship with the noncustodial parent after
    the move
  • The effect of the move on extended family relationships in NJ and in the new location 
  • The child’s preference, if the child is of age 
  • Whether the child is entering the senior year in high school 
  • Whether the noncustodial parent has the ability to relocate 
  • Any other factor bearing on the child’s interest

The court acknowledged that not all factors might apply in all cases and pointed out that an impact on the noncustodial
parent’s visitation, without more, was not enough to deny a custodial parent’s request to move out of state. Rather, using the
factors above, the custodial parent only had to show that there was a good faith reason for asking to move out of state and
that the move would not be inimical to the children’s interests. If the custodial parent satisfied the court on those points, then
the court would grant the request to relocate unless the noncustodial parent could show that the request to move was not
made in good faith or that it was not in the children’s interests.

The Court Revisits the NJ Child Relocation Standard in Bisbing vs. Bisbing: The “New” Rule
Since 2001, trial courts, lawyers, and parents have used the factors set out in Baures when arguing and deciding custodial
parents' requests to move out of state with their children. But on August 8, 2017, in Bisbing vs. Bisbing, the Supreme Court
of New Jersey revisited the NJ child relocation standard and made significant changes in cases where parties share joint
legal custody.

The court found that the reasons cited in 2001 for establishing the “good faith/not inimical to the child” test no longer
supported the court’s 2001 restatement of the test. First, social science was not settled regarding the effect an out-of-state
relocation would have on a child. Further, the trend in other jurisdictions cited by the court, that of recognizing a custodial
parent’s right to relocate, had not continued. As a result, the court revisitedBaures and revised the rule for evaluating
relocation requests.

In Bisbing, the court again replaced the “good faith/not inimical to the child” test with a “best interests analysis” when
parents have joint legal custody. That test would apply regardless of whether the relocating spouse provided the primary
residence for the children or the parents equally shared custody. The court held that the new best interests analysis is in
harmony with custody statute, New Jersey Statute 9:2-4. Thus, a court considering a relocation request should consider the
same factors as when determining custody: 

-The parents’ ability to agree, communicate, and cooperate in matters relating to the child
-The parents’ willingness to accept custody and any history of unwillingness to allow parenting time not based on substantiated abuse
-The interaction and relationship of the child with his or her parents and siblings Any history of domestic violence
-The safety of the child and the safety of either parent from physical abuse by the other parent
-The preference of the child, if of age, and capacity to reason so as to form an intelligent decision The needs of the child
-The stability of the home environment offered
-The quality and continuity of the child’s education
-The fitness of the parents
-The geographical proximity of the parents’ homes
-The extent and quality of the time spent with the child prior to or subsequent to the separation
-The parents’ employment responsibilities
-The age and number of the children

This list of factors is not exhaustive, but the focus is squarely on the best interest of the child.

How the Relocation Test Has Changed in NJ Child Custody Matters

More than just the name of the relocation test has changed as a result of Bisbing vs. Bisbing. As detailed above, the trial court in relocation cases must consider a completely different set of factors—the same factors the court considers in an initial custody determination.

Comparison of the old and the new factors shows that the court has moved away from considering the rights of the custodial parent under the Baures test. Now, the focus is squarely on whether the move is in the best interests of the children. Whether the new “best interests analysis” results in significantly different decisions in relocation cases remains to be seen. At a minimum, it changes the evidence required to show cause for an NJ custodial parent moving out of state and for the other parent opposing the children’s relocation. 

Other additions we may want to make would be to relate the NJ references to IA.

4. What parts or departments of the Iowa State government might be affected by
this legislation?

– Judiciary, Human Resources, DHS, ISBA, adoption and foster agencies, juvenile correctional industries, local and state police departments, schools for all ages and curriculums, and counselors, psychologist, other medical professionals, personal parties who receive child support, and the Iowa taxpayer will be affected.

5. What other stakeholders might have an interest in this legislation?

– Individuals, family members, friends, and other community members that associate with those going through a custodial division, local churches, homeless shelters, or other service agencies that deal with troubled youth or families in need may be interested. 

6. What sections, department, or stakeholders consulted about this proposal?

The listing of the following people, organizations, state departments and offices in no way implies agreement or disapproval with the recommendations of FUAN. It is to simply acknowledge that in-person contact was made, and discussion relevant to our causes and concerns were addressed during those encounters. 

Members of the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary Branches, ISBA, and Iowa Department of Human Services have been consulted which includes but is not limited to the following individuals: 

1. President, Donald Trump
2. Iowa NAACP
2. Iowa ACLU
3. Dr. Linda Nelson
4. Charles Palmer DHS
5. Vern Armstrong DHS
6. Wendi Rickman DHS
7. President of  The Fatherless Generation, Dr. Torri Barton
8. Attorney Connie Reguli
9. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
10. Libertarian Presidential nominee, Garry Johnson
11. Congressman David Young
12. House of Representatives Oversight Committee
13. Representatives and members of the Supreme and District Courts 14. Diane Dornburg ISBA
15. Iowa Citizen's for Justice
16. Forensic Psychologist – Attorney Demosthenes Lorandos;
17. The Iowa Supreme Court
18. Iowa Fathers Association
19. Attorney, Jacob Van Cleaf
20. Attorney Kerry Finley
21. Attorney Daniel Hearting
22. Representative Ruthann Gaines
23. Representative Bobby Kaufman
24. Former Representative Dan Kelly
25. Representative John Forbes
26. Representative Timi Brown-Powers
27. Representative Liz Bennett

28. Representative Ken Rizer
28. Representative Walt Rodgers
29. Representative Chris Hagenow
30. Representative Mary Wolfe
31. Representative Deborah Barry
32. Senator Ted Cruz
33. Senator Rick Santorum
34. Senator Rand Paul
35. Senator Joni Ernst
36. Senator Charles Grassley
37. President of TERM- The Fathers Rights Movement, Thomas Fiddler
38. TV host, John Harvey
39. Representative Ako Abdul-Samad
40. Representative Chip Baltimore
41. Representative Clel Baudller
42. Representative Terry Baxter
43. Representative Brian Best
44. Representative Josh Byrnes
45. Representative Peter Cownie
46. Representative Chris Hall
47. Representative David Heaton
48. Representative Jake Highfill
49. Representative Steven Holt
50. Representative Jerry Kerry
51. Representative Kevin Keoster
52. Representative Zach Nunn
53. Representative Rick Olson
54. Representative Sandy Salmon
55. Representative Mike Sexton
56. Representative Mark Smith
57. Representative Art Stade
58. Representative Sally Stutsman
59. Representative Rob Taylor
60. Representative Ralf Watts
61. Attorney Tom Feigen
62. Desmund Adams
63. Former Jimmy Carter Administration employee, Robert Krause
64. President of IFPP-lowa Family Preservation Project, Jeannine Eldrenkamp
65. L.E.A.P — Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
66. Asian & Latino Coalition
67. Renaissance Center of Iowa
68. Family Leader
69. Sherry Palmer- PHD
70. Senator Jason Shultz
71. Former Senator Mike Gronstal
72. Senator Tony Bisignano
73. Senator Todd Bowman
74. Charles Schneider
75. Senator Brad Zaun
76. Senator Mark Castello
77. Former Senator Dick Dearden
78. Senator Jeff Danielson
79. Senator Rita Hart
80. Senator Robert Hogg

81. Senator Pam Jochum
82. Senator Kevin Kinney
83. Senator Liz Mathis
84. Senator Matt McCoy
85. Senator Janet Peterson
86. Senator Amy Sinclair
87. Former Senator Steve Sodders
88. Senator Rich Taylor
89. Senator Jack Whitver
90. Various Spiritual leaders throughout Iowa
91. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley
92. Missouri Gov. Nixon
93. Clive Police Lieutenant Mario Colman
95. Other respected community leaders and organizations, and residents all over the state.
96. Jerry Foxhoven, Iowa DHS
97. Representative Abby Finkenauer
98. Nathaniel Gavronsky
99. Daniel Zeno ACLU
100. Dawn Turner district 2 Regional Supervisor
101. Gary Bucher Owner of Mid Iowa Occupational Testing
102. Sharon Steckman Representative 

7. What sections, departments, or other stakeholders SUPPORT this proposal?

Mention of a name indicates that individual is supportive of the issue but not necessarily in agreement with the specific language proposed. 

This recommendation has received an abundance of support. We will list just a few of the organizations supporting. 

• The Iowa Medical Association
• Leading Women For Shared Parenting
• National Parents Organization
• Americans For Equal Shared Parenting
• Iowa Family Preservation Project
• The Fathers Rights Movement-TFRM
• Fix Family Courts USA
• Family Court Reform USA
• Restoring Freedom USA
• The Iowa Leader

8. What sections, departments, or other stockholders OPPOSE this proposal?

– ISBA

9. Provide specific overage amending the Iowa code.

Click Below to view the Supreme Court of New Jersey decision.  Decided: April 23, 2001

Carita L. BAURES, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Steven R. LEWIS, Defendant-Respondent.

New Jersey Baures v. Lewis Standard for Relocation. 

Iowa Code 598 for a review of child support guidelines and the constitutionality of said guidelines.

The following recommendations are created and endorsed by following individuals and organizations: 

Families United Action Network-(FUAN) Board of Directors: 

• Chief Executive Director, Nicholas Dreeszen.
• Executive Director, and founder of Iowa Citizens For Justice, ToyA Johnson, (DRC) Chairman.
• FUAN Treasurer, Matthew Hickok, (CRC) Chairman.
• Communication Director, Caitlyn Dixson.
• Atty. Jeff Janssen, FUAN Compliance Director.
• Travis Grassel, FUAN Lead Lobbyist.
• John George, FUAN Assistant Lobbyist.
• June Quick, FUAN (DRC) Co-Chair. 

FUAN COMMITTEE MEMBERS: 

• Dillon Wyckoff, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Rustin Wright, Americans for Parental Equality, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Sherry Palmer, Fix Family Courts USA, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Ryan Knapp, Paternal Guardians of Iowa, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Carlos Vic Walker, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Terry Brennan, Leading Women for Shared Parenting, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Tom McDermott, TFRM, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Nathan Altenhofen, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Randall Stone, Estranged Parents, ACLA, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Connie Reguli, Family Forward Project, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Tanya Myers, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Nancy Augustine, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Jeannine Eldrenkamp, Iowa Family Preservation Project-IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Joel Jackson, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Cyd Koehn, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Melody Nelson, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Melissa Martin, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Elaine Willey, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Laure Fosselman Jackson, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Atty, Jacob Van Cleaf, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Matt Evans, FUAN “Active Committee member”
• Mark Ludwig, Americans for Equal Shared Parenting, FUAN “Active Committee member” 

1. What is the general subject of this legislative proposal?

– The subject is a review of child support guidelines and the constitutionality of said guidelines. 

2. What section of the Iowa Code would be amended by this legislation?

– Iowa code 598. 

3. Explain in detail the need for this legislation or the problem addressed by it. 

Why Should Child Support Guidelines be Changed?

The current child support guidelines have an embedded assumption that the amount of money (support) necessary to raise a child scales with the non-primary parent’s income. There is no basis for this assumption. If a parent increases their income from $50,000 to $100,000, the actual cost to raise the child does not increase at all.

Further, only variable costs, (i.e., costs that increase as the child spends more time with one parent) should be considered. This would include food, clothing, electricity, fuel, and other things of that nature. The actual cost of housing, cost of a vehicle payment, and other fixed costs that do not vary as the child spends more time with one parent should not be considered because both parents are required to provide these things regardless of the actual amount of time spent with the child.

Establishing an average cost to raise a child and basing all child support calculations on that cost and on the actual time spent with the child would ensure that every parent is treated fairly and that no child is privileged over another.

Any disparity in income or lifestyles between the two households should be addressed pursuant to the current alimony guidelines in 598.21A

4. What parts or departments of the Iowa State government might be affected by this legislation? 

– Judiciary, Human Resources, DHS, ISBA, adoption and foster agencies, juvenile correctional industries, local and state police departments, schools for all ages and curriculums, and counselors, psychologist, and other medical professionals would be affected. 

5. What other stakeholders might have an interest in this legislation? 

– Individuals, family members, friends, and other community members that associate with those going through a custodial division, local churches, homeless shelters, or other service agencies that deal with troubled youth or families in need, along with local business, IRS, as well as others would be affected. 

6. What sections, department, or stakeholders consulted about this proposal?

The listing of the following people, organizations, state departments and offices in no way implies agreement or disapproval with the recommendations of FUAN. It is to simply acknowledge that in-person contact was made, and discussion relevant to our causes and concerns were addressed during those encounters. 

Members of the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary Branches, ISBA, and Iowa Department of Human Services have been consulted which includes but is not limited to the following individuals: 

1. President, Donald Trump
2. Iowa NAACP
2. Iowa ACLU
3. Dr. Linda Nelson
4. Charles Palmer DHS
5. Vern Armstrong DHS
6. Wendi Rickman DHS
7. President of “The Fatherless Generation, Dr. Torri Barton
8. Attorney Connie Reguli
9. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
proposal.

10. Libertarian Presidential nominee, Garry Johnson
11. Congressman David Young
12. House of Representatives Oversight Committee
13. Representatives and members of the Supreme and District Courts
14. Diane Dornburg ISBA
15. Iowa Citizen’s for Justice
16. Forensic Psychologist – Attorney Demosthenes Lorandos;
17. The Iowa Supreme Court
18. Iowa Fathers Association
19. Attorney, Jacob Van Cleaf
20. Attorney Kerry Finnley
21. Attorney Daniel Hearting
22. Representative Ruthann Gaines
23. Representative Bobby Kaufman
24. Former Representative Dan Kelly
25. Representative John Forbes
26. Representative Timi Brown-Powers
27. Representative Liz Bennett
28. Representative Ken Rizer
28. Representative Walt Rodgers
29. Representative Chris Hagenow
30. Representative Mary Wolfe
31. Representative Deborah Barry
32. Senator Ted Cruz
33. Senator Rick Santorum
34. Senator Rand Paul
35. Senator Joni Ernst
36. Senator Charles Grassley
37. President of TERM- The Fathers Rights Movement, Thomas Fiddler
38. TV host, John Harvey
39. Representative Ako Abdul-Samad
40. Representative Chip Baltimore
41. Representative Clel Bauldler
42. Representative Terry Baxter
43. Representative Brian Best
44. Representative Josh Byrnes
45. Representative Peter Cownie
46. Representative Chris Hall
47. Representative David Heaton
48. Representative Jake Highfill
49. Representative Steven Holt
50. Representative Jerry Kerry
51. Representative Kevin Keoster
52. Representative Zach Nunn
53. Representative Rick Olson
54. Representative Sandy Salmon
55. Representative Mike Sexton
56. Representative Mark Smith
57. Representative Art Stade
58. Representative Sally Stutsman
59. Representative Rob Taylor
60. Representative Ralf Watts
61. Attorney Tom Feigen
62. Desmund Adams
63. Former Jimmy Carter Administration employee, Robert Krause

64. President of IFPP-lowa Family Preservation Project, Jeannine Eldrenkamp
65. L.E.A.P — Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
66. Asian & Latino Coalition
67. Renaissance Center of Iowa
68. Family Leader
69. Sherry Palmer- PHD
70. Senator Jason Shultz
71. Former Senator Mike Gronstal
72. Senator Tony Bisignano
73. Senator Todd Bowman
74. Charles Schneider
75. Senator Brad Zaun
76. Senator Mark Castello
77. Former Senator Dick Dearden
78. Senator Jeff Danielson
79. Senator Rita Hart
80. Senator Robert Hogg
81. Senator Pam Jochum
82. Senator Kevin Kinney
83. Senator Liz Mathis
84. Senator Matt McCoy
85. Senator Janet Peterson
86. Senator Amy Sinclair
87. Former Senator Steve Sodders
88. Senator Rich Taylor
89. Senator Jack Whitver
90. Various Spiritual leaders throughout Iowa
91. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley
92. Missouri Gov. Nixon
93. Clive Police Lieutenant Mario Colman
95. Other respected community leaders and organizations, and residents all over the state.
96. Jerry Foxhoven, Iowa DHS
97. Representative Abby Finkenauer
98. Nathaniel Gavronsky
99. Daniel Zeno ACLU
100. Dawn Turner district 2 Regional Supervisor
101. Gary Bucher Owner of Mid Iowa Occupational Testing
102. Sharon Steckman Representative 

7. What sections, departments, or other stakeholders SUPPORT this proposal? 

Mention of a name indicates that individual is supportive of the issue but not necessarily in agreement with the specific language proposed. 

• The Iowa Medical Association
• Leading Women For Shared Parenting
• National Parents Organization
• Americans For Equal Shared Parenting
• Iowa Family Preservation Project
• The Fathers Rights Movement-TFRM
• Fix Family Courts USA
• Family Court Reform USA
• Restoring Freedom USA 

8. What sections, departments, or other stockholders OPPOSE this proposal?

– There is no known opposition to changing Parenting time aka “visitation” enforcement. 

9. Provide specific overage amending the Iowa code. 

– See attachment. COMING SOON 

Title IV-A, B, D, & E Federal Funding Review and Reform. 

The following recommendations are created and endorsed by following individuals and organizations:

Families United Action Network-(FUAN) Board of Directors:

  • Chief Executive Director, Nicholas Dreeszen.
  • Executive Director, and founder of Iowa Citizens For Justice, ToyA Johnson, (DRC) Chairman.
  • FUAN Treasurer, Matthew Hickok, (CRC) Chairman.
  • Communication Director, Caitlyn Dixson.
  • Atty. Jeff Janssen, FUAN Compliance Director.
  • Travis Grassel, FUAN Lead Lobbyist.
  • John George, FUAN Assistant Lobbyist.
  • June Quick, FUAN (DRC) Co-Chair. 

FUAN COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

  • Dillon Wyckoff, FUAN “Active Committee member”
  • Rustin Wright, Americans for Parental Equality, FUAN “Active Committee member”
  • Sherry Palmer, Fix Family Courts USA, FUAN “Active Committee member”
  • Ryan Knapp, Paternal Guardians of Iowa, FUAN “Active Committee member”
  • Carlos Vic Walker, FUAN “Active Committee member”
  • Terry Brennan, Leading Women for Shared Parenting, FUAN “Active Committee member”
  • Tom McDermott, TFRM, FUAN “Active Committee member”
  • Nathan Altenhofen, FUAN “Active Committee member”
  • Randall Stone, Estranged Parents, ACLA, FUAN “Active Committee member”
  • Connie Reguli, Family Forward Project, FUAN “Active Committee member”
  • Tanya Myers, FUAN “Active Committee member”
  • Nancy Augustine, FUAN “Active Committee member”
  • Jeannine Eldrenkamp, Iowa Family Preservation Project-IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
  • Joel Jackson, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
  • Cyd Koehn, FUAN “Active Committee member”
  • Melody Nelson, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
  • Melissa Martin, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
  • Elaine Willey, FUAN “Active Committee member”
  • Laure Fosselman Jackson, FUAN “Active Committee member”
  • Atty, Jacob Van Cleaf, FUAN “Active Committee member”
  • Matt Evans, FUAN “Active Committee member”
  • Mark Ludwig, Americans for Equal Shared Parenting, FUAN “Active Committee member” 

  1. What is the general subject of this legislative proposal?  

A Title IV-A, B, D, & E federal funding review and reform.

2. What section of the Iowa code would be amended by this legislation?  

3. Explain in detail the need for this legislation or the problem addressed by the proposal.

4. What parts or departments of the Iowa State government might be affected by this legislation?

       – Judiciary, Human Resources, DHS, ISBA, adoption and foster agencies, juvenile correctional industries, local and state police departments, schools for all ages and curriculums, and counselors, psychologist, and other medical professionals.

5. What other stakeholders might have an interest in this legislation?

        –  Individuals, family members, friends, and other community members that associate with those going through a custodial division, local churches, homeless shelters, or other service agencies that deal with troubled youth or families in need.  

6. What sections, department, or stakeholders consulted about this proposal?  

The listing of the following people, organizations, state departments and offices in no way implies agreement or disapproval with the recommendations of FUAN. It is to simply acknowledge that in-person contact was made, and discussion relevant to our causes and concerns were addressed during those encounters.

Members of the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary Branches, ISBA, and Iowa Department of Human Services have been consulted which includes but is not limited to the following individuals: 

⦁ President, Donald Trump
⦁ Iowa NAACP
⦁ Iowa ACLU 
⦁ Dr. Linda Nelson 
⦁ Charles Palmer DHS 
⦁ Vern Armstrong DHS 
⦁ Wendi Rickman DHS 
⦁ President of “The Fatherless Generation, Dr. Torri Barton 
⦁ Attorney Connie Reguli 
⦁ Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush 
⦁ Libertarian Presidential nominee, Garry Johnson 
⦁ Congressman David Young 
⦁ House of Representatives Oversight Committee 
⦁ Representatives and members of the Supreme and District Courts
⦁ Diane Dornburg ISBA
⦁ Iowa Citizen’s for Justice
⦁ Forensic Psychologist – Attorney Demosthenes Lorandos
⦁ The Iowa Supreme Court
⦁ Iowa Fathers Association
⦁ Attorney, Jacob Van Cleaf
⦁ Attorney Kerry Finnley
⦁ Attorney Daniel Hearting
⦁ Representative Ruthann Gaines
⦁ Representative Bobby Kaufman
⦁ Former Representative Dan Kelly
⦁ Representative John Forbes
⦁ Representative Timi Brown-Powers
⦁ Representative Liz Bennett
⦁ Representative Ken Rizer 
⦁ Representative Walt Rodgers 
⦁ Representative Chris Hagenow
⦁ Representative Mary Wolfe
⦁ Representative Deborah Barry
⦁ Senator Ted Cruz
⦁ Senator Rick Santorum
⦁ Senator Rand Paul
⦁ Senator Joni Ernst
⦁ Senator Charles Grassley
⦁ President of TERM- The Fathers Rights Movement, Thomas Fiddler
⦁ TV host, John Harvey
⦁ Representative Ako Abdul-Samad
⦁ Representative Chip Baltimore
⦁ Representative Clel Bauldler
⦁ Representative Terry Baxter
⦁ Representative Brian Best
⦁ Representative Josh Byrnes
⦁ Representative Peter Cownie
⦁ Representative Chris Hall
⦁ Representative David Heaton
⦁ Representative Jake Highfill
⦁ Representative Steven Holt
⦁ Representative Jerry Kerry
⦁ Representative Kevin Keoster
⦁ Representative Zach Nunn
⦁ Representative Rick Olson
⦁ Representative Sandy Salmon
⦁ Representative Mike Sexton
⦁ Representative Mark Smith
⦁ Representative Art Stade
⦁ Representative Sally Stutsman
⦁ Representative Rob Taylor
⦁ Representative Ralf Watts
⦁ Attorney Tom Feigen
⦁ Desmund Adams
⦁ Former Jimmy Carter Administration employee, Robert Krause
⦁ President of IFPP-Iowa Family Preservation Project, Jeannine Eldrenkamp
⦁ L.E.A.P — Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
⦁ Asian & Latino Coalition
⦁ Renaissance Center of Iowa
⦁ Family Leader
⦁ Sherry Palmer- PhD
⦁ Senator Jason Shultz
⦁ Former Senator Mike Gronstal
⦁ Senator Tony Bisignano
⦁ Senator Todd Bowman
⦁ Charles Schneider
⦁ Senator Brad Zaun
⦁ Senator Mark Castello
⦁ Former Senator Dick Dearden
⦁ Senator Jeff Danielson
⦁ Senator Rita Hart
⦁ Senator Robbert Hogg
⦁ Senator Pam Jochum
⦁ Senator Kevin Kinney
⦁ Senator Liz Mathis
⦁ Senator Matt McCoy
⦁ Senator Janet Peterson
⦁ Senator Amy Sinclar
⦁ Former Senator Steve Sodders
⦁ Senator Rich Taylor
⦁ Senator Jack Whitver
⦁ Various Spiritual leaders throughout Iowa
⦁ Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley
⦁ Missouri Gov. Nixon
⦁ Clive Police Lieutenant Mario Colman 

    Other respected community leaders and organizations, and residents all over the state. 

    Jerry Foxhoven, Iowa DHS 
    Representative Abby Finkenauer 
    Nathaniel Gavronsky 
    Daniel Zeno ACLU 
    Dawn Turner District 2 Regional Supervisor 
    Gary Bucher Owner of Mid Iowa Occupational Testing 
    Sharon Steckman Representative

      7. What sections, departments, or other stakeholders SUPPORT this proposal?

    Mention of a name indicates that individual is supportive of the issue but not necessarily in agreement with the specific language proposed.  

    The Iowa Medical Association  

    Leading Women For Shared Parenting

    National Parents Organization

    Americans For Equal Shared Parenting

    Iowa Family Preservation Project

    The Fathers Rights Movement-TFRM

    Fix Family Courts USA

    Family Court Reform USA

    Restoring Freedom USA

    The Iowa Leader

    Senator Brad Zaun

    Senator Amy Sinclair  

    Senator Jeff Edler

    Senator Charles Schneider  

    Senator Jason Shultz

    Representative Ashley Hinson  

    Representative Brian Myer

    Representative Ruth Ann Gaines  

    Representative Chris Hagendow  

    Representative Walt Rodgers

    Representative Ken Rizer

    Representative Kevin Koester  

    Representative Chip Baltimore  

    Representative Liz Bennett  

    Representative Zach Nunn

    Representative Greg Hartsill

    8. What sections, departments, or other stockholders OPPOSE this proposal?


    9. Provide specific overage amending the Iowa code.  

    Iowa Code 598 and 232… Recommendation for a legislative study into the DHS hotline to show connections to false allegations during a custodial division:

    The following recommendations are created and endorsed by following individuals and organizations: 

    Families United Action Network-(FUAN) Board of Directors: 

    • Chief Executive Director, Nicholas Dreeszen.
    • Executive Director, and founder of Iowa Citizens For Justice, ToyA Johnson, (DRC) Chairman.
    • FUAN Treasurer, Matthew Hickok, (CRC) Chairman.
    • Communication Director, Caitlyn Dixson.
    • Atty. Jeff Janssen, FUAN Compliance Director.
    • Travis Grassel, FUAN Lead Lobbyist.
    • John George, FUAN Assistant Lobbyist.
    • June Quick, FUAN (DRC) Co-Chair. 

    FUAN COMMITTEE MEMBERS: 

    • Dillon Wyckoff, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Rustin Wright, Americans for Parental Equality, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Sherry Palmer, Fix Family Courts USA, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Ryan Knapp, Paternal Guardians of Iowa, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Carlos Vic Walker, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Terry Brennan, Leading Women for Shared Parenting, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Tom McDermott, TFRM, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Nathan Altenhofen, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Randall Stone, Estranged Parents, ACLA, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Connie Reguli, Family Forward Project, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Tanya Myers, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Nancy Augustine, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Jeannine Eldrenkamp, Iowa Family Preservation Project-IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Joel Jackson, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Cyd Koehn, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Melody Nelson, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Melissa Martin, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Elaine Willey, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Laure Fosselman Jackson, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Atty, Jacob Van Cleaf, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Matt Evans, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Mark Ludwig, Americans for Equal Shared Parenting, FUAN “Active Committee member”

    1. What is the general subject of this legislative proposal?

    – The subject is the recommendation for a legislative study into the DHS hotline to show connections to false allegations during a custodial division. 

    2. What section of the Iowa code would be amended by this legislation?

    – Iowa code 598 and Iowa Code 232. 

    3. Explain in detail the need for this legislation or the problem addressed by the proposal.

    Currently, high conflict divorces result in false reports made to DHS by or on behalf of one of the parties. Whether founded or unfounded these reports frequently affected the accused party negatively in custody battles while the accuser benefits.

    We, therefore, recommend that a study be conducted to substantiate the percentage of false reports. A study would determine an accurate representation as to how many people/cases are affected by DHS allegations concurrent with district court litigation, so that the bar, bench, or legislature can adequately assess if there is a connection to false reporting and then remedy the situation. It is suggested that the legislature can run a bill requiring the survey in certain cases, similar to children in the middle. 

    4. What parts or departments of the Iowa State government might be affected by this legislation?

    – Judiciary, Human Resources, DHS, ISBA, adoption and foster agencies, juvenile correctional industries, local and state police departments, schools for all ages and curriculums, and counselors, psychologist, and other medical professionals would be affected.

    5. What other stakeholders might have an interest in this legislation?

    – Individuals, family members, friends, and other community members that associate with those going through a custodial division, local churches, homeless shelters, or other service agencies that deal with troubled youth or families in need might have interest.

    6. What sections, department, or stakeholders consulted about this proposal?

    The listing of the following people, organizations, state departments and offices in no way implies agreement or disapproval with the recommendations of FUAN. It is to simply acknowledge that in-person contact was made, and discussion relevant to our causes and concerns were addressed during those encounters. 

    Members of the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary Branches, ISBA, and Iowa Department of Human Services have been consulted which includes but is not limited to the following individuals: 

    1. President, Donald Trump
    2. Iowa NAACP
    2. Iowa ACLU
    3. Dr. Linda Nelson
    4. Charles Palmer DHS
    5. Vern Armstrong DHS
    6. Wendi Rickman DHS
    7. President of The Fatherless Generation, Dr. Torri Barton 8. Attorney Connie Reguli
    9. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
    10. Libertarian Presidential nominee, Garry Johnson
    11. Congressman David Young
    12. House of Representatives Oversight Committee
    13. Representatives and members of the Supreme and District Courts
    14. Diane Dornburg ISBA
    15. Iowa Citizen's for Justice
    16. Forensic Psychologist – Attorney Demosthenes Lorandos;
    17. The Iowa Supreme Court
    18. Iowa Fathers Association
    19. Attorney, Jacob Van Cleaf
    20. Attorney Kerry Finley
    21. Attorney Daniel Hearting
    22. Representative Ruthann Gaines
    23. Representative Bobby Kaufman
    24. Former Representative Dan Kelly
    25. Representative John Forbes
    26. Representative Timi Brown-Powers
    27. Representative Liz Bennett
    28. Representative Ken Rizer
    28. Representative Walt Rodgers
    29. Representative Chris Hagenow
    30. Representative Mary Wolfe
    31. Representative Deborah Barry
    32. Senator Ted Cruz
    33. Senator Rick Santorum
    34. Senator Rand Paul
    35. Senator Joni Ernst
    36. Senator Charles Grassley
    37. President of TERM- The Fathers Rights Movement, Thomas Fiddler
    38. TV host, John Harvey
    39. Representative Ako Abdul-Samad
    40. Representative Chip Baltimore
    41. Representative Clel Bauldler
    42. Representative Terry Baxter
    43. Representative Brian Best
    44. Representative Josh Byrnes
    45. Representative Peter Cownie
    46. Representative Chris Hall

    47. Representative David Heaton
    48. Representative Jake Highfill
    49. Representative Steven Holt
    50. Representative Jerry Kerry
    51. Representative Kevin Keoster
    52. Representative Zach Nunn
    53. Representative Rick Olson
    54. Representative Sandy Salmon
    55. Representative Mike Sexton
    56. Representative Mark Smith
    57. Representative Art Stade
    58. Former Representative Sally Stutsman
    59. Representative Rob Taylor
    60. Representative Ralf Watts
    61. Attorney Tom Feigen
    62. Desmund Adams
    63. Former Jimmy Carter Administration employee, Robert Krause
    64. President of IFPP-lowa Family Preservation Project, Jeannine Eldrenkamp
    65. L.E.A.P — Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
    66. Asian & Latino Coalition
    67. Renaissance Center of Iowa
    68. Family Leader
    69. Sherry Palmer- PHD
    70. Senator Jason Shultz
    71. Former Senator Mike Gronstal
    72. Senator Tony Bisignano
    73. Senator Todd Bowman
    74. Charles Schneider
    75. Senator Brad Zaun
    76. Senator Mark Castello
    77. Former Senator Dick Dearden
    78. Senator Jeff Danielson
    79. Senator Rita Hart
    80. Senator Robert Hogg
    81. Senator Pam Jochum
    82. Senator Kevin Kinney
    83. Senator Liz Mathis
    84. Senator Matt McCoy
    85. Senator Janet Peterson
    86. Senator Amy Sinclair
    87. Former Senator Steve Sodders
    88. Senator Rich Taylor
    89. Senator Jack Whitver
    90. Various Spiritual leaders throughout Iowa
    91. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley
    92. Missouri Gov. Nixon
    93. Clive Police Lieutenant Mario Colman
    95. Other respected community leaders and organizations, and residents all over the state.
    96. Jerry Foxhoven, Iowa DHS
    97. Representative Abby Finkenauer
    98. Nathaniel Gavronsky
    99. Daniel Zeno ACLU
    100. Dawn Turner district 2 Regional Supervisor
    101. Gary Bucher Owner of Mid Iowa Occupational Testing

    102. Sharon Steckman Representative 

    7. What sections, departments, or other stakeholders SUPPORT this proposal?

    Mention of a name indicates that individual is supportive of the issue but not necessarily in agreement with the specific language proposed.

    • Leading Women For Shared Parenting
    • National Parents Organization
    • Americans For Equal Shared Parenting
    • Iowa Family Preservation Project
    • The Fathers Rights Movement-TFRM
    • Fix Family Courts USA
    • Family Court Reform USA
    • Restoring Freedom USA

    8. What sections, departments, or other stockholders OPPOSE this proposal?

    – There is no known opposition to a legislative study into the DHS hotline to show connections to false allegations during a custodial division. 

    9. Provide specific overage amending the Iowa Code. 

    Iowa Code 598 to Create a satisfactory definition of P.A. – Parental Alienation and set appropriate consequences for PA-
    Parental Alienation:

    The following recommendations are created and endorsed by following individuals and organizations:

    Families United Action Network-(FUAN) Board of Directors: 

    • Chief Executive Director, Nicholas Dreeszen.
    • Executive Director, and founder of Iowa Citizens For Justice, ToyA Johnson, (DRC) Chairman.
    • FUAN Treasurer, Matthew Hickok, (CRC) Chairman.
    • Communication Director, Caitlyn Dixson.
    • Atty. Jeff Janssen, FUAN Compliance Director.
    • Travis Grassel, FUAN Lead Lobbyist.
    • John George, FUAN Assistant Lobbyist.
    • June Quick, FUAN (DRC) Co-Chair.

    FUAN COMMITTEE MEMBERS: 

    • Dillon Wyckoff, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Rustin Wright, Americans for Parental Equality, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Sherry Palmer, Fix Family Courts USA, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Ryan Knapp, Paternal Guardians of Iowa, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Carlos Vic Walker, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Terry Brennan, Leading Women for Shared Parenting, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Tom McDermott, TFRM, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Nathan Altenhofen, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Randall Stone, Estranged Parents, ACLA, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Connie Reguli, Family Forward Project, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Tanya Myers, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Nancy Augustine, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Jeannine Eldrenkamp, Iowa Family Preservation Project-IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Joel Jackson, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Cyd Koehn, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Melody Nelson, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Melissa Martin, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Elaine Willey, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Laure Fosselman Jackson, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Atty, Jacob Van Cleaf, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Matt Evans, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Mark Ludwig, Americans for Equal Shared Parenting, FUAN “Active Committee member” 

    1. What is the general subject of this legislative proposal?

    – The general subject is to create a satisfactory definition of P.A.-Parental Alienation.

    2. What section of the Iowa Code would be amended by this legislation?

    – Iowa code 598 and 232.

    3. Explain in detail the need for this legislation or the problem addressed by the proposal. 

    New section for Iowa code 598 Parental Alienation as defined shall include acts that covertly or overtly employee tactics that seek to dissuade contact with and damage the parent/child relationship and bond.  This shall include those acts perpetrated by any of the following: parents, grandparents, officers of the court, lawyers, GAL, case managers, social workers, medical professionals, natural parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, and caregivers with access to the minor.

    Acts of Parental Alienation shall include but are not limited to acts of both language and actions. This definition and appropriate consequences are needed to prevent the loss of parent/child bonds from fit, loving, and involved parents. Parents who see their children are more likely to support their children. Children who have the support of both parents do better in life and are more likely to have relationships with extended family members on both sides of their families.

    This leads to better behaviors, happier parents, and happier and healthier children. Any individual that attempts to erode these parent/child relationships shall be liable to suffer appropriate consequences of emotional and mental child abuse that may interfere with the child’s health and development.

    4. What parts or departments of the Iowa State government might be affected by this legislation?

    – Judiciary, Human Resources, DHS, ISBA, adoption and foster agencies, juvenile correctional industries, local and state police departments, schools for all ages and curriculums, and counselors, psychologist, and other medical professionals would be affected.

    5. What other stakeholders might have an interest in this legislation?

    – Individuals, family members, friends, and other community members that associate with those going through a custodial division, local churches, homeless shelters, or other service agencies that deal with troubled youth or families in need would have interest. 

    6. What sections, department, or stakeholders consulted about this proposal?

    The listing of the following people, organizations, state departments and offices in no way implies agreement or disapproval with the recommendations of FUAN. It is to simply acknowledge that in-person contact was made, and discussion relevant to our causes and concerns were addressed during those encounters.

    Members of the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary Branches, ISBA, and Iowa Department of Human Services have been consulted which includes but is not limited to the following individuals: 

    1. President, Donald Trump
    2. Iowa NAACP
    2. Iowa ACLU
    3. Dr. Linda Nelson
    4. Charles Palmer DHS
    5. Vern Armstrong DHS
    6. Wendi Rickman DHS
    7. President of  The Fatherless Generation, Dr. Torri Barton
    8. Attorney Connie Reguli
    9. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
    10. Libertarian Presidential nominee, Garry Johnson
    11. Congressman David Young
    12. House of Representatives Oversight Committee
    13. Representatives and members of the Supreme and District Courts
    14. Diane Dornburg ISBA
    15. Iowa Citizen's for Justice
    16. Forensic Psychologist – Attorney Demosthenes Lorandos;
    17. The Iowa Supreme Court
    18. Iowa Fathers Association
    19. Attorney, Jacob Van Cleaf
    20. Attorney Kerry Finley
    21. Attorney Daniel Hearting
    22. Representative Ruthann Gaines
    23. Representative Bobby Kaufman
    24. Former Representative Dan Kelly
    25. Representative John Forbes
    26. Representative Timi Brown-Powers
    27. Representative Liz Bennett
    28. Representative Ken Rizer
    28. Representative Walt Rodgers
    29. Representative Chris Hagenow
    30. Representative Mary Wolfe
    31. Representative Deborah Barry
    32. Senator Ted Cruz
    33. Senator Rick Santorum
    34. Senator Rand Paul
    35. Senator Joni Ernst
    36. Senator Charles Grassley
    37. President of TERM- The Fathers Rights Movement, Thomas Fiddler
    38. TV host, John Harvey
    39. Representative Ako Abdul-Samad
    40. Representative Chip Baltimore
    41. Representative Clel Bauldler
    42. Representative Terry Baxter
    43. Representative Brian Best
    44. Representative Josh Byrnes
    45. Representative Peter Cownie
    46. Representative Chris Hall
    47. Representative David Heaton
    48. Representative Jake Highfill
    49. Representative Steven Holt
    50. Representative Jerry Kerry
    51. Representative Kevin Keoster
    52. Representative Zach Nunn

    53. Representative Rick Olson
    54. Representative Sandy Salmon
    55. Representative Mike Sexton
    56. Representative Mark Smith
    57. Representative Art Stade
    58. Representative Sally Stutsman
    59. Representative Rob Taylor
    60. Representative Ralf Watts
    61. Attorney Tom Feigen
    62. Desmund Adams
    63. Former Jimmy Carter Administration employee, Robert Krause
    64. President of IFPP-lowa Family Preservation Project, Jeannine Eldrenkamp
    65. L.E.A.P — Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
    66. Asian & Latino Coalition
    67. Renaissance Center of Iowa
    68. Family Leader
    69. Sherry Palmer- PHD
    70. Senator Jason Shultz
    71. Former Senator Mike Gronstal
    72. Senator Tony Bisignano
    73. Senator Todd Bowman
    74. Charles Schneider
    75. Senator Brad Zaun
    76. Senator Mark Castello
    77. Former Senator Dick Dearden
    78. Senator Jeff Danielson
    79. Senator Rita Hart
    80. Senator Robert Hogg
    81. Senator Pam Jochum
    82. Senator Kevin Kinney
    83. Senator Liz Mathis
    84. Senator Matt McCoy
    85. Senator Janet Peterson
    86. Senator Amy Sinclair
    87. Former Senator Steve Sodders
    88. Senator Rich Taylor
    89. Senator Jack Whitver
    90. Various Spiritual leaders throughout Iowa
    91. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley
    92. Missouri Gov. Nixon
    93. Clive Police Lieutenant Mario Colman
    95. Other respected community leaders and organizations, and residents all over the state.
    96. Jerry Foxhoven, Iowa DHS
    97. Representative Abby Finkenauer
    98. Nathaniel Gavronsky
    99. Daniel Zeno ACLU
    100. Dawn Turner district 2 Regional Supervisor
    101. Gary Bucher Owner of Mid Iowa Occupational Testing
    102. Sharon Steckman Representative 

    7. What sections, departments, or other stakeholders SUPPORT this proposal?

    Mention of a name indicates that individual is supportive of the issue but not necessarily in agreement with the specific language proposed.

    ISBA
    The Iowa Medical Association
    Leading Women For Shared Parenting
    National Parents Organization
    Americans For Equal Shared Parenting
    Iowa Family Preservation Project
    The Fathers Rights Movement-TFRM
    Fix Family Courts USA
    Family Court Reform USA
    Restoring Freedom USA
    The Iowa Leader
    Senator Brad Zaun
    Senator Amy Sinclair
    Senator Jeff Edler
    Senator Charles Schneider
    Senator Jason Shultz
    Representative Ashley Hinson
    Representative Brian Myer
    Representative Ruth Ann Gaines
    Representative Chris Hagenow
    Representative Walt Rodgers
    Representative Ken Rizer
    Representative Kevin Koester
    Representative Chip Baltimore
    Representative Liz Bennett
    Representative Zach Nunn
    Representative Greg Hartsill

    8. What sections, departments, or other stockholders OPPOSE this proposal?

    – There is no known opposition to creating a satisfactory definition of P.A.-Parental Alienation. 

    9.  Provide specific overage amending the Iowa code.

    – There is no prepared language at this time. 

    Iowa Code 598… to Allow for the waiver of the 90-day waiting period at court’s discretion upon agreement of both parties in custodial and divorce situations: 

    The following recommendations are created and endorsed by following individuals and organizations:

    Families United Action Network-(FUAN) Board of Directors: 

    • Chief Executive Director, Nicholas Dreeszen.
    • Executive Director, and founder of Iowa Citizens For Justice, ToyA Johnson, (DRC) Chairman.
    • FUAN Treasurer, Matthew Hickok, (CRC) Chairman.
    • Communication Director, Caitlyn Dixson.
    • Atty. Jeff Janssen, FUAN Compliance Director.
    • Travis Grassel, FUAN Lead Lobbyist.
    • John George, FUAN Assistant Lobbyist.
    • June Quick, FUAN (DRC) Co-Chair. 

    FUAN COMMITTEE MEMBERS: 

    • Dillon Wyckoff, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Rustin Wright, Americans for Parental Equality, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Sherry Palmer, Fix Family Courts USA, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Ryan Knapp, Paternal Guardians of Iowa, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Carlos Vic Walker, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Terry Brennan, Leading Women for Shared Parenting, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Tom McDermott, TFRM, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Nathan Altenhofen, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Randall Stone, Estranged Parents, ACLA, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Connie Reguli, Family Forward Project, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Tanya Myers, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Nancy Augustine, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Jeannine Eldrenkamp, Iowa Family Preservation Project-IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Joel Jackson, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Cyd Koehn, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Melody Nelson, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Melissa Martin, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Elaine Willey, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Laure Fosselman Jackson, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Atty, Jacob Van Cleaf, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Matt Evans, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Mark Ludwig, Americans for Equal Shared Parenting, FUAN “Active Committee member” 

    1. What is the general subject of this legislative proposal?

    The subject is to allow for the waiver of the 90-day waiting period at court’s discretion upon agreement of both parties in custodial and divorce situations. 

    2. What section of the Iowa code would be amended by this legislation?

    – Iowa code 598.

    3. Explain in detail the need for this legislation or the problem addressed by the proposal.

    It is our contention that parties involved in custody and divorce situations should not be required to wait 90 days from the filing date for dissolution to be granted when both parties are in agreement. One of the primary reasons for a wait period is the possibility of reconciliation of the parties.  However, this is largely supported by religious groups and in reality, most couples that reach the point of filing dissolution do not reunite.  

    Another argument is that it gives the parties more time to investigate financial obligations and arrangements.  Many couples do not need this additional time and frequently it allows one party to hide resources or engage in activities creating additional debt.
    Because we believe shared parenting should be the norm from which custody is based, this also negates the argument of wait periods for determining custody. 

    In any case that the above is not true, one party would still maintain the right to request the wait period.

    4. What parts or departments of the Iowa State government might be affected by this legislation?

    – Judiciary, Human Resources, DHS, ISBA, adoption and foster agencies, juvenile correctional industries, local and state police departments, schools for all ages and curriculums, and counselors, psychologist, and other medical professionals would be affected. 

    5. What other stakeholders might have an interest in this legislation?

    – Individuals, family members, friends, and other community members that associate with those going through a custodial division, local churches, homeless shelters, or other service agencies that deal with troubled youth or families in need would have an interest. 

    6. What sections, department, or stakeholders consulted about this proposal?

    The listing of the following people, organizations, state departments and offices in no way implies agreement or disapproval with the recommendations of FUAN. It is to simply acknowledge that in-person contact was made, and discussion relevant to our causes and concerns were addressed during those encounters. 

    Members of the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary Branches, ISBA, and Iowa Department of Human Services have been consulted which includes but is not limited to the following individuals:

    1. President, Donald Trump
    2. Iowa NAACP
    2. Iowa ACLU
    3. Dr. Linda Nelson
    4. Charles Palmer DHS
    5. Vern Armstrong DHS
    6. Wendi Rickman DHS
    7. President of The Fatherless Generation, Dr. Torri Barton
    8. Attorney Connie Reguli
    9. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
    10. Libertarian Presidential nominee, Garry Johnson
    11. Congressman David Young
    12. House of Representatives Oversight Committee
    13. Representatives and members of the Supreme and District Courts
    14. Diane Dornburg ISBA
    15. Iowa Citizen’s for Justice
    16. Forensic Psychologist – Attorney Demosthenes Lorandos;
    17. The Iowa Supreme Court
    18. Iowa Fathers Association
    19. Attorney, Jacob Van Cleaf
    20. Attorney Kerry Finnley
    21. Attorney Daniel Hearting
    22. Representative Ruthann Gaines
    23. Representative Bobby Kaufman
    24. Former Representative Dan Kelly
    25. Representative John Forbes
    26. Representative Timi Brown-Powers
    27. Representative Liz Bennett
    28. Representative Ken Rizer
    28. Representative Walt Rodgers
    29. Representative Chris Hagenow
    30. Representative Mary Wolfe
    31. Representative Deborah Barry
    32. Senator Ted Cruz
    33. Senator Rick Santorum
    34. Senator Rand Paul
    35. Senator Joni Ernst
    36. Senator Charles Grassley
    37. President of TERM- The Fathers Rights Movement, Thomas Fiddler
    38. TV host, John Harvey
    39. Representative Ako Abdul-Samad
    40. Representative Chip Baltimore
    41. Representative Clel Bauldler
    42. Representative Terry Baxter
    43. Representative Brian Best
    44. Representative Josh Byrnes
    45. Representative Peter Cownie
    46. Representative Chris Hall
    47. Representative David Heaton
    48. Representative Jake Highfill

    49. Representative Steven Holt
    50. Representative Jerry Kerry
    51. Representative Kevin Keoster
    52. Representative Zach Nunn
    53. Representative Rick Olson
    54. Representative Sandy Salmon
    55. Representative Mike Sexton
    56. Representative Mark Smith
    57. Representative Art Stade
    58. FormerRepresentative Sally Stutsman
    59. Representative Rob Taylor
    60. Representative Ralf Watts
    61. Attorney Tom Feigen
    62. Desmund Adams
    63. Former Jimmy Carter Administration employee, Robert Krause
    64. President of IFPP-lowa Family Preservation Project, Jeannine Eldrenkamp
    65. L.E.A.P — Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
    66. Asian & Latino Coalition
    67. Renaissance Center of Iowa
    68. Family Leader
    69. Sherry Palmer- PHD
    70. Senator Jason Shultz
    71. Former Senator Mike Gronstal
    72. Senator Tony Bisignano
    73. Senator Todd Bowman
    74. Charles Schneider
    75. Senator Brad Zaun
    76. Senator Mark Castello
    77. Former Senator Dick Dearden
    78. Senator Jeff Danielson
    79. Senator Rita Hart
    80. Senator Robert Hogg
    81. Senator Pam Jochum
    82. Senator Kevin Kinney
    83. Senator Liz Mathis
    84. Senator Matt McCoy
    85. Senator Janet Peterson
    86. Senator Amy Sinclair
    87. Former Senator Steve Sodders
    88. Senator Rich Taylor
    89. Senator Jack Whitver
    90. Various Spiritual leaders throughout Iowa
    91. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley
    92. Missouri Gov. Nixon
    93. Clive Police Lieutenant Mario Colman
    95. Other respected community leaders and organizations, and residents all over the state.
    96. Jerry Foxhoven, Iowa DHS
    97. Representative Abby Finkenauer
    98. Nathaniel Gavronsky
    99. Daniel Zeno ACLU
    100. Dawn Turner district 2 Regional Supervisor
    101. Gary Bucher Owner of Mid Iowa Occupational Testing
    102. Sharon Steckman Representative

    7. What sections, departments, or other stakeholders SUPPORT this proposal?

    Mention of a name indicates that individual is supportive of the issue but not necessarily in agreement with the specific language proposed. 

    • ISBA
    • The Iowa Medical Association
    • Leading Women For Shared Parenting
    • National Parents Organization
    • Americans For Equal Shared Parenting
    • Iowa Family Preservation Project
    • The Fathers Rights Movement-TFRM
    • Fix Family Courts USA
    • Family Court Reform USA
    • Restoring Freedom USA

    8. What sections, departments, or other stockholders OPPOSE this proposal?

    – There is no known opposition to allow for the waiver of the 90-day waiting period at courts discretion upon agreement of both parties in custodial and divorce situations as a stand-alone bill. 

    9. Provide specific overage amending the Iowa code.

    See Attachment. Coming Soon. 

    Iowa Code 598… to Abolishment of incarceration for unpaid fines, restitution, or child support: 

    The following recommendations are created and endorsed by following individuals and organizations: 

    Families United Action Network-(FUAN) Board of Directors: 

    • Chief Executive Director, Nicholas Dreeszen.
    • Executive Director, and founder of Iowa Citizens For Justice, ToyA Johnson, (DRC) Chairman.
    • FUAN Treasurer, Matthew Hickok, (CRC) Chairman.
    • Communication Director, Caitlyn Dixson.
    • Atty. Jeff Janssen, FUAN Compliance Director.
    • Travis Grassel, FUAN Lead Lobbyist.
    • John George, FUAN Assistant Lobbyist.
    • June Quick, FUAN (DRC) Co-Chair.

    FUAN COMMITTEE MEMBERS: 

    • Dillon Wyckoff, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Rustin Wright, Americans for Parental Equality, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Sherry Palmer, Fix Family Courts USA, FUAN “Active Committee member” ”
    • Carlos Vic Walker, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Terry Brennan, Leading Women for Shared Parenting, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Tom McDermott, TFRM, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Nathan Altenhofen, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Randall Stone, Estranged Parents, ACLA, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Connie Reguli, Family Forward Project, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Tanya Myers, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Nancy Augustine, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Jeannine Eldrenkamp, Iowa Family Preservation Project-IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Joel Jackson, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Cyd Koehn, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Melody Nelson, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Melissa Martin, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Elaine Willey, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Laure Fosselman Jackson, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Atty, Jacob Van Cleaf, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Matt Evans, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Mark Ludwig, Americans for Equal Shared Parenting, FUAN “Active Committee member” 

    1. What is the general subject of this legislative proposal?

    – The subject is the abolishment of incarceration for unpaid fines, restitution, or child support. 

    2. What section of the Iowa code would be amended by this legislation?

    – Iowa code 598 

    3. Explain in detail the need for this legislation or the problem addressed by the proposal.

    4. What parts or departments of the Iowa State government might be affected by this legislation?

    – Judiciary, Human Resources, DHS, ISBA, adoption and foster agencies, juvenile correctional industries, local and state police departments, schools for all ages and curriculums, and counselors, psychologist, and other medical professionals would be affected. 

    5. What other stakeholders might have an interest in this legislation?

    – Individuals, family members, friends, and other community members that associate with those going through a custodial division, local churches, homeless shelters, or other service agencies that deal with troubled youth or families in need might have interest. 

    6. What sections, department, or stakeholders consulted about this proposal?

    The listing of the following people, organizations, state departments and offices in no way implies agreement or disapproval with the recommendations of FUAN. It is to simply acknowledge that in-person contact was made, and discussion relevant to our causes and concerns were addressed during those encounters. 

    Members of the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary Branches, ISBA, and Iowa Department of Human Services have been consulted which includes but is not limited to the following individuals: 

    1. President, Donald Trump
    2. Iowa NAACP
    2. Iowa ACLU
    3. Dr. Linda Nelson

    4. Charles Palmer DHS
    5. Vern Armstrong DHS
    6. Wendi Rickman DHS
    7. President of The Fatherless Generation, Dr. Torri Barton
    8. Attorney Connie Reguli
    9. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
    10. Libertarian Presidential nominee, Garry Johnson
    11. Congressman David Young
    12. House of Representatives Oversight Committee
    13. Representatives and members of the Supreme and District Courts
    14. Diane Dornburg ISBA
    15. Iowa Citizen’s for Justice
    16. Forensic Psychologist – Attorney Demosthenes Lorandos;
    17. The Iowa Supreme Court
    18. Iowa Fathers Association
    19. Attorney, Jacob Van Cleaf
    20. Attorney Kerry Finley
    21. Attorney Daniel Hearting
    22. Representative Ruthann Gaines
    23. Representative Bobby Kaufman
    24. Former Representative Dan Kelly
    25. Representative John Forbes
    26. Representative Timi Brown-Powers
    27. Representative Liz Bennett
    28. Representative Ken Rizer
    28. Representative Walt Rodgers
    29. Representative Chris Hagenow
    30. Representative Mary Wolfe
    31. Representative Deborah Barry
    32. Senator Ted Cruz
    33. Senator Rick Santorum
    34. Senator Rand Paul
    35. Senator Joni Ernst
    36. Senator Charles Grassley
    37. President of TERM- The Fathers Rights Movement, Thomas Fiddler
    38. TV host, John Harvey
    39. Representative Ako Abdul-Samad
    40. Representative Chip Baltimore
    41. Representative Clel Baudler
    42. Representative Terry Baxter
    43. Representative Brian Best
    44. Representative Josh Byrnes
    45. Representative Peter Cownie
    46. Representative Chris Hall
    47. Representative David Heaton
    48. Representative Jake Highfill
    49. Representative Steven Holt
    50. Representative Jerry Kerry
    51. Representative Kevin Keoster
    52. Representative Zach Nunn
    53. Representative Rick Olson
    54. Representative Sandy Salmon
    55. Representative Mike Sexton
    56. Representative Mark Smith

    57. Representative Art Stade
    58. Representative Sally Stutsman
    59. Representative Rob Taylor
    60. Representative Ralf Watts
    61. Attorney Tom Feigen
    62. Desmund Adams
    63. Former Jimmy Carter Administration employee, Robert Krause
    64. President of IFPP-lowa Family Preservation Project, Jeannine Eldrenkamp
    65. L.E.A.P — Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
    66. Asian & Latino Coalition
    67. Renaissance Center of Iowa
    68. Family Leader
    69. Sherry Palmer- PHD
    70. Senator Jason Shultz
    71. Former Senator Mike Gronstal
    72. Senator Tony Bisignano
    73. Senator Todd Bowman
    74. Charles Schneider
    75. Senator Brad Zaun
    76. Senator Mark Castello
    77. Former Senator Dick Dearden
    78. Senator Jeff Danielson
    79. Senator Rita Hart
    80. Senator Robert Hogg
    81. Senator Pam Jochum
    82. Senator Kevin Kinney
    83. Senator Liz Mathis
    84. Senator Matt McCoy
    85. Senator Janet Peterson
    86. Senator Amy Sinclair
    87. Former Senator Steve Sodders
    88. Senator Rich Taylor
    89. Senator Jack Whitver
    90. Various Spiritual leaders throughout Iowa
    91. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley
    92. Missouri Gov. Nixon
    93. Clive Police Lieutenant Mario Colman
    95. Other respected community leaders and organizations, and residents all over the state.
    96. Jerry Foxhoven, Iowa DHS
    97. Representative Abby Finkenauer
    98. Nathaniel Gavronsky
    99. Daniel Zeno ACLU
    100. Dawn Turner district 2 Regional Supervisor
    101. Gary Bucher Owner of Mid Iowa Occupational Testing
    102. Sharon Steckman Representative 

    7. What sections, departments, or other stakeholders SUPPORT this proposal?

    Mention of a name indicates that individual is supportive of the issue but not necessarily in agreement with the specific language proposed. 

    • ISBA
    • The Iowa Medical Association
    • Leading Women For Shared Parenting
    • National Parents Organization
    • Americans For Equal Shared Parenting
    • Iowa Family Preservation Project
    • The Fathers Rights Movement-TFRM
    • Fix Family Courts USA
    • Family Court Reform USA
    • Restoring Freedom USA

    8. What sections, departments, or other stockholders OPPOSE this proposal? 

    – There is no known opposition to abolishment of incarceration for unpaid fines, restitution, or child support.at this time.

    9. Provide specific overage amending the Iowa Code.

    There is no drafted language at this time. 

    Iowa Code 598… to Discontinuation of the practice of suspended drivers license or traveling privileges for unpaid child support:

    The following recommendations are created and endorsed by following individuals and organizations: 

    Families United Action Network-(FUAN) Board of Directors: 

    • Chief Executive Director, Nicholas Dreeszen.
    • Executive Director, and founder of Iowa Citizens For Justice, ToyA Johnson, (DRC) Chairman.
    • FUAN Treasurer, Matthew Hickok, (CRC) Chairman.
    • Communication Director, Caitlyn Dixson.
    • Atty. Jeff Janssen, FUAN Compliance Director.
    • Travis Grassel, FUAN Lead Lobbyist.
    • John George, FUAN Assistant Lobbyist.
    • June Quick, FUAN (DRC) Co-Chair.

    FUAN COMMITTEE MEMBERS: 

    • Dillon Wyckoff, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Rustin Wright, Americans for Parental Equality, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Sherry Palmer, Fix Family Courts USA, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Ryan Knapp, Paternal Guardians of Iowa, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Carlos Vic Walker, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Terry Brennan, Leading Women for Shared Parenting, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Tom McDermott, TFRM, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Nathan Altenhofen, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Randall Stone, Estranged Parents, ACLA, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Connie Reguli, Family Forward Project, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Tanya Myers, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Nancy Augustine, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Jeannine Eldrenkamp, Iowa Family Preservation Project-IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Joel Jackson, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Cyd Koehn, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Melody Nelson, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Melissa Martin, IFPP, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Elaine Willey, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Laure Fosselman Jackson, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Atty, Jacob Van Cleaf, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Matt Evans, FUAN “Active Committee member”
    • Mark Ludwig, Americans for Equal Shared Parenting, FUAN “Active Committee member” 

    1. What is the general subject of this legislative proposal?

    – The subject is the discontinuation of the practice of suspended driver’s license or traveling privileges for unpaid child support. 

    A. Inhibits the ability to work and/or find work when sanctioned.
    B. Does not help promote payments of fines and fees.

    2. What section of the Iowa Code would be amended by this legislation?

    – Iowa code 598

    3. Explain in detail the need for this legislation or the problem addressed by the proposal.

    The need to amend §598 of the Iowa Code arises from the point of counterproductivity resultant from current Driver’s license suspension policies that, without a doubt, lessen the ability to find work, as well as the ability to maintain work for those that are already employed. In rural communities, such as the majority of Iowa, decent employment can only be found in the more metropolitan areas of the state.

    Thus, suspension of license for non-payment of support severely limits the many people who are seeking or already have jobs that require driving distances. In addition, not having a valid license can disqualify a person from applying for certain jobs, particularly in the healthcare and construction fields, where often it is a precondition for employment.

    The lack of a license can keep a family stuck in a situation of dependence, disconnection, and hopelessness. Oftentimes, the loss of a license is caused more by poverty and the inability to pay support than it is by a willful disregard of the law. And, as license suspension has increasingly become a common sanction for non-driving and non-safety related offenses, more and more families get caught up in a web that affects those that need help most, such as the poor and minorities.

    By amending §598 of the Iowa Code to correct this, it will keep people able to continue to search for work, to maintain employment needed to pay the child support in question, and out of the courts and jail by making unnecessary criminals out of them for matters that do not reflect driving ability or public safety. 

    4. What parts or departments of the Iowa State government might be affected by this legislation?

    – Judiciary, Human Resources, DHS, ISBA, adoption and foster agencies, juvenile correctional industries, local and state police departments, schools for all ages and curriculums, and counselors, psychologist, and other medical professionals would be affected. 

    5. What other stakeholders might have an interest in this legislation?

    – Individuals, family members, friends, and other community members that associate with those going through a custodial division, local churches, homeless shelters, or other service agencies that deal with troubled youth or families in need would be interested. 

    6. What sections, department, or stakeholders consulted about this proposal?

    The listing of the following people, organizations, state departments and offices in no way implies agreement or disapproval with the recommendations of FUAN. It is to simply acknowledge that in-person contact was made, and discussion relevant to our causes and concerns were addressed during those encounters. 

    Members of the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary Branches, ISBA, and Iowa Department of Human Services have been consulted which includes but is not limited to the following individuals:

    1. President, Donald Trump
    2. Iowa NAACP
    2. Iowa ACLU
    3. Dr. Linda Nelson
    4. Charles Palmer DHS
    5. Vern Armstrong DHS
    6. Wendi Rickman DHS
    7. President of The Fatherless Generation, Dr. Torri Barton
    8. Attorney Connie Reguli
    9. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
    10. Libertarian Presidential nominee, Garry Johnson
    11. Congressman David Young
    12. House of Representatives Oversight Committee
    13. Representatives and members of the Supreme and District Courts
    14. Diane Dornburg ISBA
    15. Iowa Citizen’s for Justice
    16. Forensic Psychologist – Attorney Demosthenes Lorandos;
    17. The Iowa Supreme Court
    18. Iowa Fathers Association
    19. Attorney, Jacob Van Cleaf
    20. Attorney Kerry Finnley
    21. Attorney Daniel Hearting
    22. Representative Ruthann Gaines
    23. Representative Bobby Kaufman
    24. Former Representative Dan Kelly
    25. Representative John Forbes
    26. Representative Timi Brown-Powers
    27. Representative Liz Bennett
    28. Representative Ken Rizer
    28. Representative Walt Rodgers
    29. Representative Chris Hagenow
    30. Representative Mary Wolfe
    31. Representative Deborah Barry
    32. Senator Ted Cruz
    33. Senator Rick Santorum
    34. Senator Rand Paul
    35. Senator Joni Ernst
    36. Senator Charles Grassley
    37. President of TERM- The Fathers Rights Movement, Thomas Fiddler
    38. TV host, John Harvey

    39. Representative Ako Abdul-Samad
    40. Representative Chip Baltimore
    41. Representative Clel Baudler
    42. Representative Terry Baxter
    43. Representative Brian Best
    44. Representative Josh Byrnes
    45. Representative Peter Cownie
    46. Representative Chris Hall
    47. Representative David Heaton
    48. Representative Jake Highfill
    49. Representative Steven Holt
    50. Representative Jerry Kerry
    51. Representative Kevin Keoster
    52. Representative Zach Nunn
    53. Representative Rick Olson
    54. Representative Sandy Salmon
    55. Representative Mike Sexton
    56. Representative Mark Smith
    57. Representative Art Stade
    58. Representative Sally Stutsman
    59. Representative Rob Taylor
    60. Representative Ralf Watts
    61. Attorney Tom Feigen
    62. Desmund Adams
    63. Former Jimmy Carter Administration employee, Robert Krause
    64. President of IFPP-lowa Family Preservation Project, Jeannine Eldrenkamp
    65. L.E.A.P — Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
    66. Asian & Latino Coalition
    67. Renaissance Center of Iowa
    68. Family Leader
    69. Sherry Palmer- PHD
    70. Senator Jason Shultz
    71. Former Senator Mike Gronstal
    72. Senator Tony Bisignano
    73. Senator Todd Bowman
    74. Charles Schneider
    75. Senator Brad Zaun
    76. Senator Mark Castello
    77. Former Senator Dick Dearden
    78. Senator Jeff Danielson
    79. Senator Rita Hart
    80. Senator Robert Hogg
    81. Senator Pam Jochum
    82. Senator Kevin Kinney
    83. Senator Liz Mathis
    84. Senator Matt McCoy
    85. Senator Janet Peterson
    86. Senator Amy Sinclair
    87. Former Senator Steve Sodders
    88. Senator Rich Taylor
    89. Senator Jack Whitver
    90. Various Spiritual leaders throughout Iowa
    91. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley
    92. Missouri Gov. Nixon

    93. Clive Police Lieutenant Mario Colman
    95. Other respected community leaders and organizations, and residents all over the state.
    96. Jerry Foxhoven, Iowa DHS
    97. Representative Abby Finkenauer
    98. Nathaniel Gavronsky
    99. Daniel Zeno ACLU
    100. Dawn Turner district 2 Regional Supervisor
    101. Gary Bucher Owner of Mid Iowa Occupational Testing
    102. Sharon Steckman Representative 

    7. What sections, departments, or other stakeholders SUPPORT this proposal? 

    Mention of a name indicates that individual is supportive of the issue but not necessarily in agreement with the specific language proposed.  

    • ISBA
    • The Iowa Medical Association
    • Leading Women For Shared Parenting
    • National Parents Organization
    • Americans For Equal Shared Parenting
    • Iowa Family Preservation Project
    • The Fathers Rights Movement-TFRM
    • Fix Family Courts USA
    • Family Court Reform USA
    • Restoring Freedom USA 

    8. What sections, departments, or other stockholders OPPOSE this proposal?  

    – There is no known opposition to the abolishment of incarceration for unpaid fines, restitution, or child support.at this time.  

    9. Provide specific overage amending the Iowa code. 

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    LINKS TO MORE INFORMATION

    1. https://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/p60-240.pdf 

    2. https://twohomes.org/en_conference_2014

    3. https://twohomes.org/en_conference_2015

    4. https://dalrock.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/latest-u-s-custody-and-child-support-data/

    5. https://sharedparenting.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/51/

    6. Social Science and Parenting Plans for Young Children: A Consensus Report by Richard A. Warshak

    7. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/S0193-589520150000027008

    8. http://sciencenordic.com/shared-physical-custody-kids-less-stressed

    9. http://sharedparentingalliance.org/ 

    10. http://www.startribune.com/rosenblum-new-research-supports-shared-custody-for-children-in-divorce/442255323/

    11. https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/su-sce082917.php

    12. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/292992.php

    13. https://scholarship.law.berkeley.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=http://m.facebook.com&httpsredir=1&article=1033&context=bglj

    14. https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/08/28/research-supports-shared-parenting/89212900/

    15. http://albanydailystar.com/health/children-living-with-their-parents-have-more-high-iq-levels-12166.html

    16. https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/3328245

    17/1. https://youtu.be/196XCAXfqrI

    17/2. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/S0193-589520150000027008 

     
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