June 3rd, 2014

NPO Media Wins, Anti-Shared Parenting and Child Support

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June 3, 2015

NPO Logo National Parents Organization improves the lives of children and strengthens society by protecting every child’s right to the love and care of both parents after separation or divorce. We seek better lives for children through family court reform that establishes equal rights and responsibilities for fathers and mothers.

50 NPO Media Wins in 2 Months Advances Shared Parenting and Parental Equality Efforts


National Parents Organization has been featured in the media more than 50 times in the past two months — an accomplishment that brings significant attention to the organization’s shared parenting and parental equality advocacy efforts.

These publicity wins have included prominent stories on shared parenting in some of the nation’s most influential news outlets, including TIME magazine and The Wall Street Journal. In addition NPO members’ opinion pieces on family court reform legislation have landed in publications throughout the nation, and numerous news outlets covered NPO’s Parental Alienation Awareness Day involvement as well as other efforts.

Highlights from NPO’s publicity efforts in the past two months include:

  • TIME magazine featured Ned Holstein, National Parents Organization Founder and Board Chair, as a shared parenting expert in the story, “This Divorce Arrangement Stresses Kids Out Most.” The article highlighted a recent, 150-000-person study supporting shared parenting, and after the TIME story hit, numerous other outlets, including Good Housekeeping, MSN and CBS DC included Holstein’s comments on the study.
  • The Wall Street Journal tapped Don Hubin, National Parents Organization Board Member, as a source in the story, “Big Shift Pushed in Custody Disputes,” which revealed nearly 20 states are considering shared parenting legislation. Following the story, Hubin was selected for a WGN Plus discussion on the reform efforts.

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North Dakota Bar Seeks Settlement in Anti-Shared Parenting Lawsuit
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

A tentative settlement has been announced in the case of Arnold Fleck vs. State Bar Association of North Dakota (SBAND). Last fall, shared parenting advocates placed Measure 6 on the ballot in the state. Measure 6 was an initiative that would have established a presumption of equal parenting when parents separate.

As National Parents Organization reported here and here, the State Bar illegally used members’ dues to publicly oppose the measure. That violated United States Supreme Court precedents in multiple cases, most notably, Keller vs. State Bar of California. That line of cases holds that mandatory organizations, such as labor unions and mandatory bar associations are prohibited from using members’ dues to lobby for or against any measure or proposed legislation. Doing so violates the free speech rights of members who disagree with the organization’s position on the bill or measure.
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NPO’s Franklin Quoted in Deseret News Article on Child Support
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
This excellent article on the realities and the public perceptions of child support contains quotations from an interview of NPO’s Robert Franklin by the writer, Mandy Morgan (Deseret News, 6/2/15). I addition to Franklin’s quotations, Morgan’s article is well done, a balanced, informative piece of journalism about a contentious topic.

Most importantly, it reports on a new study by Arizona State University professors Ira Ellman and Sanford Braver (professor emeritus).

The public views court-ordered formulas calculating child support in the United States and England to be unfair, according to a study released Monday that researchers hope will be valuable information for policymakers dealing with family law issues.

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Head of Anti-Shared Parenting Organization Sues Texas Group for Defamation
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
The president of the Texas Family Law Foundation, Diana Friedman has filed suit against the The Fathers Rights Movement and its founder Thomas Fidler alleging slander, libel and defamation. The suit arises out of the opposition of Friedman and the TFLF to Texas House Bill 2363 that would have established a presumption of shared parenting post-divorce in the state. The bill was defeated in the Calendar Committee before reaching a vote by the full House of Representatives, despite widespread support in the House.

Following that, the suit claims Fidler posted derogatory statements on a Facebook page and urged others to condemn Friedman’s opposition to HB2363. This article explains. Read more…

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Coontz Part 2: Imagining the Sexes to Be Different than They Are
June 3, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Continuing from Monday’s piece on this article by Stephanie Coontz that attempts to convince readers that “current trends in marriage and unwed childbearing are more consequence than cause of America’s increasing economic insecurity and inequality.” (American Prospect, 5/14/15). As I pointed out previously, if inequality and a bad job market for low-income people caused the breakdown of marriage and the increase in non-marital childbirth, then we’d have seen the same things during the Great Depression and the Gilded Age. During the former, the employment situation makes today’s look like a worker’s paradise; during the latter, the absence of redistributionist government taxation and spending made inequality worse than it is now. But during neither of those times did families fall apart nor out-of-wedlock childbearing spike. Read more…

Coontz, Cherlin and Putnam Get it Wrong on the Decline of Marriage
June 1, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
As everyone knows, marriage rates in the U.S. have been falling gradually for some time and non-marital childbearing has increased, although it seems to have levelled off at a bit above 40% of all births. Those facts have produced considerable consternation among a lot of observers, myself among them. But just why the decline in marriage and the dissociation of childbearing from marriage have occurred are the subjects of much debate. Read more…

Damian Kazazian Sues Police and Prosecutors; Judge Issues Illegal Gag Order
May 31, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
The Damian Kazazian case, in Bergen County, New Jersey, goes on and on and gets crazier by the day. Seriously, you’d think that, at some point, the many people interfering with his parental rights would notice what everyone else has — that their behavior is embarrassingly biased and illegal — and back off. But the simplest of lessons seems too difficult for them to grasp. Read more…

Gender Equality without Parental Equality?
May 29, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

When you see an article entitled “You cannot claim to have any ideas about family values unless you value fathers,” and see that it’s written by writer Rebecca Traister, you know you’re in for a rough ride (New Republic, 5/27/15). The headline promises great things, but you know there’s got to be an unhealthy spin. And sure enough. Read more…

Colorado Court Reverses Fraudulent Adoption of Bio Dad’s Child
May 28, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Yet another case out of Colorado strongly suggests that committing fraud to terminate a father’s parental rights in order to place his child for adoption isn’t legally acceptable in the state. But the opinion relies to a significant degree on the particular facts of the case. That means different cases with different facts may end up placing a judicial stamp of approval on adoption by fraud. So far though, the law is holding out against the fraudsters. Read more…


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