November 21st, 2014

Family Law Reform Conference Gathers Leading Researchers and Practitioners

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November 21, 2014

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Family Law Reform Conference Gathers Leading Researchers and Practitioners

By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, National Parents Organization

Ned Holstein
Ned Holstein

Joe Sorge opened the Divorce Corp. Family Law Reform Conference with a call for less fighting because less fighting is good for everyone. Ned Holstein, Founder and Chair, National Parents Organization, and Joe Sorge, Director, Divorce Corps, ended the two-day conference with the call for action.

With his usual flair for presenting complex data in a form all can grasp and understand, Joe Sorge quickly made the case for how home and work life in the United States have changed dramatically yet our family laws and our family law courts and child support guidelines have remained stuck in the past. Modern family roles and structures have evolved, yet the laws have not.

A highlight of the conference was Malin Bergstrom, PhD, a developmental psychologist with the Division of Reproductive Health at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Bergstrom and her colleagues have completed a study of the well-being of every (176,000) 12-15-year-old child in Sweden in order to ascertain the effects of family structure on the children. Children in intact families perform better on a wide variety of measures of physical health, mental health, and educational outcomes than do the children of divorce. Children of divorce whose parents share their care equally do better on all those measures than do the children of single parents. Read more…

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Divorce Corp. Conference a Huge Success

November 19, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

The Divorce Corp. conference on family court reform this past weekend was a rousing success. Kudos to Joe Sorge and his organization for putting it on and most of all for bringing together, for the first time, disparate groups whose aims are, if not the same, at least headed in the same direction. Read more…

British Blogger Clueless on Children’s Need for Equal Parenting

November 17, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

He’s back. And as anti-shared parenting as ever (Marilyn Stowe, 11/10/14). The ‘he’ I refer to is John Bolch who puts in an appearance on Marilyn Stowe’s blog from time to time. Stowe blogs on family law in the United Kingdom and, by the standards of such things, isn’t the worst of family law pundits. That of course raises the question of why she allows Bolch to pollute her blog with his opinions that are invariably anti-father, often anti-fact and sometimes just jaw-droppingly nutty. The one linked to I’d put in the first and second categories.
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HuffPo Blogger: Alimony ‘Hurts Us as Women’

November 16, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Alimony anyone? Not for this Huffington Post blogger (Huffington Post, 11/11/14). She’s Cindi Capitani and that bane of family courts everywhere, a second wife. Hell hath no fury like second wives. They’re among the most dedicated and effective campaigners for sanity in family courts anywhere, and Capitani is clearly cut from that cloth. It never ceases to amaze me that, although men and fathers are the hardest hit by the dysfunction in family courts and laws, their second wives often seem to be the angriest about it. Capitani doesn’t sound angry so much as focused. She sees the problems and has the bit in her teeth. We see her learning process as it’s occurring. Read more…

First Call for Papers: International Conference on Shared Parenting 2015 Bonn, Germany

November 15, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

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The International Conference on Shared Parenting 2015 will gather delegates from across the world at the “Gustav-Stresemann-Institut (GSI)” in Bonn, Germany, on 8-10 July 2015 to discuss best practices for legislative and psycho-social implementation of shared parenting as a viable and beneficial solution for children whose parents are living apart. This includes the following subjects: Read more…

Symposium Cites Problems of Kids in Poverty, Ignores Family Structure

November 14, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Read this article (Dallas Morning News, 11/11/14). In all probability, it’s not very important to your life because it’s about the condition of children in just five counties near Dallas, Texas. Chances are you don’t live in or near any of those counties, so what the article says may not seem particularly vital to you. But read it anyway. And when you do, keep one term in mind, “single parenthood.” Read more…

South Carolina: Still Keeping Single Dads Out of Children’s Lives

November 13, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

It seems impossible that, in this day and time, the laws on child custody should be like they are in South Carolina. But they are. This article sketches some of the details (WBTW, 11/8/14). Read more…




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