Washington Post on Child Support: ‘A 1970s Narrative about a 2010s Reality’
January 12, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
It’s always nice to see the mainstream media catching up with what many of us have known and preached for years. And so it is with this article that originally appeared in the Washington Post (Dallas Morning News, 1/9/15).
Of course it’s also a bit galling. The MSM has a way of reporting information that’s in no way new as if it were. What’s also true is that, simply by making its way into the MSM, that information gains a far wider audience than it’s ever had. That means it’s both more influential on public attitudes and probably reflects changing mores. So it’s good to see articles like the linked-to one by Ruth Graham even if it’s tempting to wonder where she’s been all these years.
A New Take on Shared Parenting: Dad Allowed to Be All He Can Be
January 11, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Here’s a sometimes sweet, sometimes profound, sometimes under-informed look at shared parenting up close (Washington Post, 1/9/15). It’s the personal story of Jim Sollisch, written by him. It’s heartfelt and readers can see his progression as a parent from married to divorced dad.
Sollisch’s unexpected bottom line: until he got divorced, he could never realize his true parenting abilities. Of course, he’s not advocating divorce; his was far too hard on him and his kids for him to ever do that. But unexpectedly, he discovered an upside to his divorce. Good for him. And thanks to him for letting us know. It’s an aspect of shared parenting I’d never fully appreciated before. Thanks to Sollisch, now I do. Read more…
Yet More Progress on Parental Alienation
January 9, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
With every passing day, the concept and the understanding of parental alienation grow. It seems hard to imagine that, just two years ago we were reading the most scurrilous disinformation about parental alienation in reasonably respectable mainstream journals like Psychology Today. Back then, those opposed to equal parenting had to deal with the issue of parental alienation. They had to because the alienating parents often were given sole or primary custody by family courts. After all, the point of parental alienation is to remove the targeted parent from the child’s life altogether or marginalize him/her to the maximum extent possible. Read more…