February 25th, 2015

At Least 17 States Have Introduced Shared Parenting Legislation

Michigan Judge ‘Outraged’ in False Paternity Case; Guess at Whom

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February 25, 2015

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At Least 17 States Have Introduced Shared Parenting Legislation

There are now at least 17 states that have introduced shared parenting legislation. This is a sure sign that shared parenting is now a mainstream issue. The bills are quite different from each other.

YOU are the most effective person to get your state Legislators to act. If you push them, we will win.

Here are the states, and how you can get involved.

State Bill Number Number of Sponsoring Legislators To Get This Bill Passed, Contact
Colorado 15-129 1 Gilbert Tso at
Florida SB 1248   Troy Matson at
Hawaii HB624 8 Chris Lethem at
Maine LD346 9  
Maryland HB0888 13 Aaron Bates at
Massachusetts SD1061 46 Steve Hitner at
Michigan HB4141 21 Jim Semerad at
Nebraska LB437 1 Ray Keiser at
Nevada A.B. 98 1  
New York S2382 1 Chris Howard at
South Carolina 151 3 Joe Carter at
Texas Draft    
Utah HB 35 2 David Daniels at
Vermont H220 11 Russell Beste at
Washington HB1110 1 Brandon Jones at
Wyoming LR 825 4  

Thanks for the heads-up from Leading Women for Shared Parenting. If we have missed something happening in your state, or for any other errors, please get back to us at

By Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Acting Executive Director, National Parents Organization
What use is the rain if no one plows the field?

In the past month, you have received many calls from us to “plow the field.”  Here is another chance; please don’t miss it.

Please read the story below by Robert Franklin. Then stand up and be counted, by copying the following text. Then email it to the addresses below the text.

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I am disturbed about the injustice perpetrated on Mr. Carnell Alexander. I am further disturbed about the anger directed at this innocent man by Circuit Court Judge Kathleen McCarthy, captured on film, and her complete lack of sympathy for a man who is the proven victim of lies, including a lie by a process server, who is an officer of the court.

I demand that:

  1. Judge McCarthy recuse herself from Mr. Alexander’s case;
  2. She be demoted from her post as Presiding Judge of the Family Division of the Third Judicial Court of Michigan;
  3. That Mr. Alexander be relieved of his requirement to pay child support for a child that is not his; or, if the statutes do not allow this, the Court use its discretion to create a payment plan requiring him to pay $1 per year.

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In preparing this newsletter, I made telephone calls to various courts in Michigan, including the Supreme Court. No one I spoke to had heard anything at all about the case of Mr. Carnell Alexander. In other words, they’re not listening. So please wake them up by sending your emails!

Please send your emails to all of the following:

  1. Chief Judge Robert J. Colombo, Jr, c/o:
  2. John Homan, State Court Administrative Office,  c/o:
  4. WXYZ ABC Chanel 7 in Detroit:
  5. Chuck Stokes’ editorials:

Together with you in the love of justice, and doing something about it,

Ned Holstein, MD, MS
Founder and Acting Executive Director,
National Parents Organization

Michigan Judge ‘Outraged’ in False Paternity Case; Guess at Whom
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
A Michigan judge has pronounced herself “outraged” at Carnell Alexander’s case. Alexander is the Michigan man whom the state is dunning for $30,000 in back child support for a child all acknowledge isn’t his. Way back in the early 90s, a woman who had a child received federal benefits under the aid to Families with Dependent Children program. That meant she was required to name the child’s father. She named Alexander despite her admission that she knew at the time that he wasn’t the dad.

So the state brought a legal action against Alexander to repay it for the benefits paid the mother, plus child support. But Alexander was never served with notice of the suit against him. The process server signed an affidavit saying he’d served Alexander at a particular residence, but Alexander can prove he didn’t receive it. How? Because Alexander was in jail on the date he was supposedly served with notice. Read more…


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Information Resources

> Share Your Story:

Members share stories of their children and families.
> Advice:
Our most frequently asked questions are posted with answers from experts.
> Forms and Documents:
Many forms and documents are common to many cases in your state or even across the United States.

Establish an Affiliation in Your State

National Parents Organization is working to build a strong affiliate in every state. What will it take to bring National Parents Organization to your state? Leadership. It takes a team of volunteers to organize in your state and to reach out to legislators, media, and other groups who will work with us to make shared parenting the norm.

If you are ready, please contact Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director. Together we can build an affiliate in your state.


Dr. Linda Nielsen Skewers John Rosemond
February 25, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Dr. Linda Nielsen is so much nicer than I am. I know this because of what she wrote here (Lincoln Journal Star, 2/24/15). It seems that Dr. John Rosemond’s thoroughly misleading and ill-informed article opposing shared parenting soiled the editorial pages of the Journal Star and, to its credit, the paper’s allowed Nielsen to clean up the mess. Few people are better qualified to do so. Read more…

John Rosemond: Promoting Divorce Outcomes that are Bad for Everyone
February 23, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Writing here, family psychologist John Rosemond, finally manages an unequivocally correct statement half way through his piece (Reno Gazette Journal, 2/16/15).

Part if not most of the problem is that in divorces that involve children, the kids are often regarded as prizes to be “won.” Read more…

Anti-Shared Parenting Advocate John Rosemond Recycles Tired, Debunked Arguments
February 22, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Those who would deny children meaningful relationships with both parents logged a vote here (Reno Gazette Journal, 2/16/15). The writer’s name is John Rosemond and he identifies himself as a family psychologist, so his opinions must be at least in the ballpark of well-founded, right? I’m sure many people who read his piece will assume as much, but Rosemond is wrong in almost every particular. Readers might well ask why a social scientist neither cites to, links to nor even refers to any social science to support his opinions. I think I know the answer. Read more…

Missouri Adoption Industry Seeks Further Diminution of Parental Rights
February 20, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
There’s an adoption bill pending before the Missouri legislature that would be bad for mothers, particularly underage ones, bad for fathers and, predictably, a small gold mine for adoption agencies and adoption lawyers in the state. The bill is HB 546 and it looks to tread perilously close to infringing the most basic rights of young biological mothers. Read more…

What Children Switched at Birth Teach Us About Gender Inequality
February 19, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Switched at birth. The pregnant woman is rushed to the hospital, her anxious husband clutching her hand. It’s time; their child is on the way. Labor, childbirth and the joy of a healthy infant! Mom is exhausted, Dad is relieved and both anticipate the coming years with elation and anxiety. They leave the hospital with their child in their arms and slowly, time passes. The child grows and begins to take on his/her own special look and identity. Read more…


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