Matt Hale

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Matt Hale
Matt Hale
Matt Hale
Born Matthew Hale
April 1, 1967 (1967-04-01) (age 57)
Nationality American
Occupation Business executive
Known for Shared parenting
Notable works Kentucky House Bill 528

Matthew Hale, a.k.a. Matt Hale, is an American business executive. He led the initiative of a rebuttable presumption that both parents' equal shared parenting time and equal parental decision-making are in the child's best interest, resulted into the creation of a family law, Kentucky House Bill 528.[1]

He is also a member of the Board of Directors and the Kentucky Chairman of the National Parents Organization.[2][3]

Early life and education

He studied at Bradley University and the University of Louisville.[2]


Hale joined the National Parents Organization. In 2017, he led Kentucky's successful effort for the unanimous passage of the nation's second shared parenting presumption law for temporary orders.[4] The law was well-received, so he drafted a permanent order, HB 528, the nation's first shared parenting law, which was passed in 2018 in Kentucky as the Kentucky House Bill 528.[1] Governor Matt Bevin signed the bill on April 26, 2018.[5] This was a monumental undertaking since no state had ever passed a permanent order shared parenting law. Upon the legal request of Hale, encouraged by Bevin, the Commonwealth proclaimed April 26 as "Shared Parenting Day" to honor shared parenting as a way to encourage children's access to both parents.[6]

Hale publishes guest columns in newspapers. He has been featured on Spectrum News and the Divorce, Healthy! podcast.[7][8]

Personal life

Hale is married, and is a shared parenting father of two biological daughters, one adopted daughter and two step-sons.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Barton, Ryland (30 April 2018). "Joint Custody Will Be The Default Under New Kentucky Law" (in en). WVXU. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Officers + Board". 
  3. Suro, Paola (14 May 2018). "KY law endorses shared parenting after divorce" (in en). WCPO 9 Cincinnati. 
  4. "New shared custody legislation becomes law in Kentucky July 1, existing arrangements not impacted | NKyTribune". NKyTribune. 30 June 2017. 
  5. Adkins, Rachel (August 26, 2018). "Shared parenting law well-received" (in en). The Daily Independent. 
  6. "Kentucky becomes first US state to have Shared Parenting Day" (in en). Andrew Henderson. May 30, 2019. 
  7. Anderson, Mario (30 November 2018). "New law encourages joint custody and equal parenting time in divorce cases" (in en). 
  8. "‎Divorce, Healthy!: Sole Custody is Outdated — How Shared Parenting is Going Mainstream on Apple Podcasts". 

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