07 Nov FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Senator Larry Stutts Honored by the Alabama Family Rights Association (ALFRA) With Community Service Award
Pelham, AL – On Thursday, October 26th State Senator Larry Stutts was presented with the first ALFRA Community Service Award by Kenneth Paschal, the State President for the Alabama Family Rights Association (ALFRA) and U.S. Army First Sergeant, Retired, for his dedication to child-focused friendly legislation.
The ALFRA Community Service Award recognizes the valuable contributions of ALFRA members and associates who have demonstrated outstanding service, dedication, and commitment to communities, families, and children of our state. Other 2017 recipients of this Award include Attorney Austin Burdick and Attorney Melissa Isaak (both members of the Alabama Law Institute Family Law Standing Committee).
In 2017, Senator Stutts took the initiative to educate himself on the topic of child custody reform and fought tirelessly to pass legislation that would protect children’s relationships with both parents during a divorce or separation. Stutts’ child-centered bill, the “Children’s Equal Access Act”:
- created child-focused legislation as a result of surveys, scientific data, and best practices and outcomes for children of all ages;
- provided guidelines for the court to follow (similar to child support and sentencing guidelines) aimed toward joint custody for the benefit of the child;
- provided a rebuttable presumption similar to child support guidelines and recently passed grandparents legislation;
The Children’s Equal Access Act, which will be re-introduced into the 2018 legislative session, incorporates peer-reviewed scientific data (40 studies and consensus of over 100 scientists on the subject of child custody) and has received bipartisanship support from the majority of the State Senate.
Stutts’ also received statewide support from other leaders across the great state of Alabama during the Global Parental Alienation Awareness “Bubbles For Love” and National Family Day campaign with over 100 individual proclamations signed by the Governor and Alabama mayors “calling on community and state leaders for their support of shared parenting because of its benefits for our children”.
“The Alabama Family Rights Association, the state’s only organization working to protect children and parents relationship equally, is excited to recognize State Senator Larry Stutts for all his accomplishments in protecting children and family relationships in Alabama and beyond. He is a true leader in child-focused legislation. We are honored to present him with the annual ALFRA Community Service Award,” said Kenneth Paschal, State President of the Alabama Family Rights Association.”
Contact: Debbie Zeiger, State VP
Phone: (205) 626-9458