December 30th, 2014

Children and Parents Lose an Advocate

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December 30, 2014

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Children and Parents Lose an Advocate
By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, National Parents Organization

David Levy

David Levy

National Parents Organization is saddened to announce the passing of David Levy, a few weeks ago, shortly after his 78th birthday. David was a long-time advocate for children’s rights.

“David Levy was a champion for our cause who made tremendous personal sacrifices of his energy, time and financial resources to advocate for our nation’s children,” said Ned Holstein, MD, MS, National Parents Organization Founder and Chair of the Board. “A dedicated father and husband, he was also a respected leader in our community, and we were deeply saddened to learn of his passing.”

Not long after completing his law degree, David Levy made a name for himself by writing freelance articles in The Washington Post, but it was more than 20 years later that he would make a remarkable impact on our community as an advocate for the children’s rights and parenting rights movements.

Levy, who began his career as a copyright lawyer, joined the conversation regarding children’s and parental rights by quite literally entering a discussion with others following a Virginia congressional hearing in 1984 on problems with the child support system. From that initial meeting sprung the formation of the National Council for Children’s Rights (renamed The Children’s Rights Council in 1992). Serving as its CEO and president, Levy had developed CRC chapters and affiliates across the United States and in seven other countries and built the organization. Read more…

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Parental Inequality: A State-by State Analysis

Join Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Chair, in a lively discussion with Family Matters host Virginia L. Colin, PhD as they discuss shared parenting and the first comprehensive review of child custody statutes. 3 PM, Pacific, on Tuesday, December 30, 2014

In cases of separation and divorce, is shared parenting, defined as joint legal custody and shared physical custody, best for children? State courts often deprive children of the opportunity to spend ample amounts of time with each parent. Read more…

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England: Divorce Capital of the World?
December 29, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
If this article is at all accurate, London must be the divorce capital of the world (Washington Post, 12/25/14). That of course may rankle with the likes of Massachusetts and California that sometimes seem to be vying for that dubious honor. But whichever jurisdiction actually deserves the award, London — and that means England generally — is clearly in the running. Read more…

New Study Explores Incarceration and the Separation of Children from Fathers
December 28, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Incarceration. It’s not something that shows up in this blog very often, but, as this article suggests, it probably should (Wall Street Journal, 12/25/14).

The WSJ article is by former Secretary of the Treasury, Robert Rubin and Nicholas Turner who’s president and director of the Vera Institute of Justice. The article was spurred by this new study by the National Academy of Sciences National Research Council. The study is entitled “The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Causes and Consequences.” Read more…

Vasalgel to Perhaps be on the Market in 2017
December 26, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
On the continuing subject of the prospect of safe, effective and affordable male contraceptives, comes this article (The Daily Beast, 9/9/14). It’s about the latest news out of the Parsemus Foundation’s advancements toward the making and marketing of Vasalgel, the U.S. version of RISUG.

As readers may recall, RISUG has been used experimentally in India for over 10 years now. The acronym refers to a procedure called Reversible Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance. Read more…

Two New Studies: The Biochemical Bonds Between Fathers and Children
December 24, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
A couple of small new studies indicate that expectant and new fathers undergo hormonal changes and changes in the brain leading up to the birth of their child. Here’s one report (The Independent, 12/22/14). And here’s the other (Health Day, 12/17/14). Read more…

Family Court Reform Must Include Disciplining Lawyers Who Abuse the Process
December 22, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
I’ve written a lot about the many ways in which family courts keep children from one parent or another, mostly fathers. In the process, I’ve often excoriated lawyers in child custody cases who exacerbate conflict between parents for the sake of increasing their fees. But here’s an op-ed with a slightly different perspective on family court lawyers. (Lincoln Journal Star, 12/18/14). It’s written by Ray Keiser who’s a Nebraska farmer and crop insurance agent. Read more…


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