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Paternity Fraud ‘Can be Devastating for Men’

Paternity Fraud ‘Can be Devastating for Men’

August 9, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Esq. Few publications I’ve read deal adequately with the issue of paternity fraud, but this piece is an exception (VeryWell, 7/12/19).  It’s an accurate and informative article that men, particularly young men, should familiarize themselves with. Paternity fraud occurs when a man is led to believe he’s the father of a child when in fact he’s not.  Fortunately, few women engage in the practice, but when one does, she can give rise to a…

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The Criminal Justice System Has Failed to Reduce Domestic Violence

The Criminal Justice System Has Failed to Reduce Domestic Violence

August 2, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Esq. A criminal justice approach to domestic violence hasn’t ameliorated the problem and may be making it worse. We need to find other methods of addressing DV if we’re to reduce its incidence. That’s the gist of this much-needed article by Professor Leigh Goodmark (New York Times, 7/23/19). She argues for a more sensible approach to intimate partner violence. Goodmark doesn’t mention the fact, but any such approach would significantly improve the system of…

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Heartwarming: Dad Reunites with Daughter Thanks to Shared Parenting

Heartwarming: Dad Reunites with Daughter Thanks to Shared Parenting

July 31, 2019 The work of the Kentucky chapter of the National Parents Organization has been highlighted in a newspaper article: https://www.thegleaner.com/story/news/2019/07/26/henderson-dad-celebrates-anniversary-kentucky-shared-parenting-law/1841407001/ “Three years ago, Jordan Pyles was a very unhappy father. Now, he is celebrating the first anniversary of a new law that helped make him much happier. “Kentucky received a D-minus, with only two states being lower,” said Matt Hale, who was the founder and then-head of the Kentucky affiliate of the NPO. “Kentucky was behind the nation…

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Get Ready for Our Roadmap to Successful Affiliate Building

Get Ready for Our Roadmap to Successful Affiliate Building

July 25, 2019 By Ginger Gentile, National Parents Organization Deputy Executive Director National Parents Organization affiliate leaders are hard at work creating a roadmap on how to create momentum to pass shared-parenting legislation and educate the judiciary about its benefits. This road map will include practical lessons on how to create a core group of members, fund raise, and build alliances with organizations. Too often activists rush into trying to get legislation passed without knowing how to build a foundation…

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Best Interests of the Children from an Evolutionary Perspective

Best Interests of the Children from an Evolutionary Perspective

July 24, 2019 Christine Giancarlo, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer, Anthropology Mount Royal University, Calgary I’m an anthropologist who studies human, and non-human, primates. I’m also a mother, author (Parentectomy, 2018), and feminist whose primary concern is for a healthy, sustainable future for all. Children are our collective hope for that future. As parents and adults, our job is to make sure that children have the best possible support during their development. Yet when parents divorce, kids are often relegated to the…

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Abell Foundation: Three Sensible Child Support Reforms

Abell Foundation: Three Sensible Child Support Reforms

July 23, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Esq. The Abell Foundation’s report on the child support system in Maryland doesn’t simply criticize, it offers solutions as well (Abell Foundation, June, 2019). My first piece on the report appears here. The report, written by former commissioner of the Office of Child Support Enforcement, Vicky Turetsky, pulls no punches. It points out that support orders are routinely set too high for non-custodial parents to pay resulting in skyrocketing debt, most of which is…

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Abell Foundation: Child Support Amounts ‘Unrealistic,’ Separates Parents from Kids

Abell Foundation: Child Support Amounts ‘Unrealistic,’ Separates Parents from Kids

July 19, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Esq. Member, National Board of Directors Child support is one of the most important problems facing children seeking to maintain meaningful relationships with both their parents following divorce or separation.  The intention behind child support is sensible – children need to be supported and, since both parents brought the child into the world, both should provide for it. But too many parents are ordered to pay amounts that they are too poor to pay,…

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Default Shared Parenting: Making It Work For The Kids.

Default Shared Parenting: Making It Work For The Kids.

July 17, 2019 by Ginger Gentile, National Parents Organization Deputy Director “It was just easier not to see her.” “They left it up to me if I wanted a relationship with my dad.” “My dad hates my mom. My brother hates my mom, and I can’t see either of them.” For my upcoming documentary, Erasing Family, I interviewed children who had a parent erased from their lives after divorce. These children were suffering from divided loyalties and torn between two…

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Default Shared Parenting: Making It Work For The Kids.

Default Shared Parenting: Making It Work For The Kids.

July 17, 2019 by Ginger Gentile, National Parents Organization Deputy Director “It was just easier not to see her.” “They left it up to me if I wanted a relationship with my dad.” “My dad hates my mom. My brother hates my mom, and I can’t see either of them.” For my upcoming documentary, Erasing Family, I interviewed children who had a parent erased from their lives after divorce. These children were suffering from divided loyalties and torn between two…

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A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begin with a Single Step

A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begin with a Single Step

NPO Study Prompts Ohio Counties to Update Parenting Time Rules July 16, 2019 by Don Hubin, PhD When we think of success in promoting shared parenting, the image that often comes to mind is NPO’s stunning success in Kentucky. There, Matt Hale led a successful movement for a dramatic legislative change. In Ohio, we haven’t been able to duplicate this sort of shared parenting home run … yet! But a study that several of us undertook last year seems to…

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