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Texas CPS Drops Appeal in Mason Bright Case

Texas CPS Drops Appeal in Mason Bright Case

May 18, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Texas Child Protective Services has dropped its appeal of a $127,000 sanctions case against it (Houston Chronicle, 5/16/19).  I first wrote about the case here. Last July, little Mason Bright, then five months old, fell forward and hit his head on the driveway.  His mother, Melissa, took him to Texas Children’s Hospital where doctors found two skull fractures and what seemed abnormal bleeding on his brain.  That spurred a…

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Minnesota: Anti-Shared Parenting Forces Still Have Nothing to Say

Minnesota: Anti-Shared Parenting Forces Still Have Nothing to Say

May 17, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization The same article I wrote about yesterday goes on from Scott Vogel’s story about spending $130,000 and three years of his life trying to get more than about 14% parenting time with his son and daughter (KARE11, 5/14/19).  It discusses a bill before the legislature that would establish a presumption of equal parenting. State Representative Peggy Scott, R-Andover, is leading an effort to change the law. She and…

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Minnesota: Fit Father Shoved to the Sidelines

Minnesota: Fit Father Shoved to the Sidelines

May 16, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Here’s a balanced and informative article on the push for shared parenting in Minnesota (KARE11, 5/14/19).  NPO’s good friend, the redoubtable Molly Olson has been battling the state legislature on behalf of shared parenting for well over a decade now, so it’s good to see her getting a bit of a boost from the press. The article starts with Scott Vogel and his donnybrook in family court. Unable…

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Nebraska: Has a Presumption of Equal Parenting Entered the Law Unheralded?

Nebraska: Has a Presumption of Equal Parenting Entered the Law Unheralded?

May 15, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization The recent Nebraska case of Dowding v. Dowding gives us a good opportunity to take a second look at our fairly invariable support for equal parenting.  This blog has always recognized that there are plenty of instances in which equal – or even shared – parenting either cannot work or isn’t in a child’s interests.  Serious child abuse is one example, parental unfitness is another and…

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The Guardian – Wrong, Biased on Child Support

The Guardian – Wrong, Biased on Child Support

May 10, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Sigh.  The Guardian never seems to disappoint.  If you’re looking for a one-sided anti-father screed, The Guardian is usually happy to comply and this article is no exception (The Guardian, 5/8/19). The subject is child support; the point of view: fathers are a sneaky lot who bend heaven and earth to avoid paying child support; this leaves custodial mothers living in poverty; and the child support bureaucracy is…

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Alabama Senate Passes Equal Parenting Bill

Alabama Senate Passes Equal Parenting Bill

May 7, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization The Alabama Senate has overwhelmingly passed a strong shared parenting bill.  SB 266 passed the Senate by a vote of 25 – 4 and now goes on to the House for consideration. Senator Larry Stutts is the lead sponsor of SB 266.  He had this to say about it and shared parenting: “Parental equality should be the starting point for every child custody case,” Stutts remarked. “Ultimately,…

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The Cost of Fatherlessness

The Cost of Fatherlessness

May 6, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Read this (The Fatherless Generation).  It’s a good compendium of many of the social, behavioral, emotional, educational, etc. deficits kids experience correlated with fatherlessness.  It’s probably nothing you haven’t seen before, at least piecemeal, but there’s a lot here and it’s well worth brushing up on. For at least a couple of decades, this type of information has been well known.  Way back in 1994 David Blankenhorn forced…

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State Senator: Virginia Foster Care Audit ‘Absolutely Devastating’

State Senator: Virginia Foster Care Audit ‘Absolutely Devastating’

May 4, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Now it’s Virginia’s turn to fail its abused and neglected kids in foster care (Virginia Mercury, 12/11/18).  It’s not a new article, but it reports on an old, old problem. Back in December, the state legislature received a report done at the behest of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee.  It was, according to two lawmakers, a “devastating report.” Read More…

Proclamation emphasizes shared parenting

Proclamation emphasizes shared parenting

This article originally ran in the Kentucky Era In the wake of last year’s legislative approval of a law on shared parenting, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed today Shared Parenting Day. The proclamation reflects the need for parents to share equally in parenting their children during times of divorce or separation and Kentucky’s role in highlighting the issue. Read More…

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