FAN-PAC meets Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D) 31st District on the campus of Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City.
September 26th 2017 – Assemblyman Chiaravalloti is a Corridan Fellow in the Academic Affairs Department at the University. In discussing FAN-PAC’s initiative to create a rebuttable presumption of shared physical custody of children in family court matters, Assemblyman Chiaravalloti shared an experience he had while visiting with grade school students in his district. The Assemblyman asked the students for suggestions about new laws. Many students came up with ideas. One particularly intrigued Assemblyman Chiaravalloti. It was decided the students and Assemblyman would work together on the project. The student’s idea was borne from realizing their school did not have many of the same resources, supplies and facilities of other schools. With this in mind the students and Assemblyman Chiaravalloti drafted A3779. This bill authorizes the state to create a license plate ‘Put Children First’. The proceeds from these license plates would benefit public schools throughout New Jersey. The bill is sponsored by Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones (D) 5th District; Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight (D) 31st District and Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro (D) 33rd District.
The idea of putting children first is exactly why FAN-PAC was created. The state of New Jersey needs to honor its commitment to our children and provide for a healthy environment for their development; this environment starts at home, reinforced in grade school and continues in our institutions of higher education like Saint Peter’s University. We believe our court system should similarly reflect these values. Assemblyman Chiaravalloti has committed to FAN-PAC to discuss A5189 with his colleagues and reach out to retired family court judges for input. FAN-PAC requested Assemblyman Chiaravalloti open the door for a meeting with retired judges for all interested parties understand the importance of this legislation and its practical application. Both agreed to a follow-on meeting.
FAN-PAC is an organization established to represent the interests of the New Jersey voters and to advance these interests by advocating for policies, legislation and legislators that reflect FAN-PACs mission. This mission is to ADVOCATE for our children in family court matters, EDUCATE the participants in the family court system regarding the impact separation of parents has on children; And this impact on child development. FAN-PAC is also committed to INSPIRE this generation to be the next great generation while ensuring their voices are heard in the family court.