November 7th, 2014

Jason Patric Case Underscores Need For Family Court Reform

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Jason Patric Case Underscores Need For Family Court Reform

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

Jason Patric
Jason Patric

As National Parents Organization celebrates news this week that actor Jason Patric has won the right to fight for custody of his son, we are also reminded of an unfortunate reality: This high profile case is one of millions of instances where children are born into child custody battles and often lose out on the many benefits that result from the loving care of both their parents.

As an advocacy organization for shared parenting and parental equality, we believe it is important to look at the bigger picture and emphasize that Jason’s son Gus is among 40.7 percent of children born today to unmarried parents, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Unfortunately, the impact of this statistic is compounded by the fact that judges rarely award shared parenting in instances of divorce or separation, let alone to never married parents. U.S. Census Bureau data shows that shared parenting is in place just 17 percent of the time when parents are separated or divorced. Joint custody, typically awarded to the mother, continues as the status quo, which is largely out of touch with our modern families as well as a wealth of data and research showing that children desperately need both parents in their lives.

In 2014 alone, three different leading groups of child development researchers and practitioners endorsed shared parenting in most circumstances. Among them is a report by prominent psychologist Dr. Richard Warshak, titled “Social Science and Parenting Plans for Young Children: A Consensus Report,” which was endorsed by 110 child development experts and concludes “shared parenting should be the norm for parenting plans for children of all ages, including very young children.”

Other recent support for shared parenting includes a recommendation from 32 family law experts that was published by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and a consensus statement from researchers representing 20 countries at the First International Conference on Shared Parenting. Read more…

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Mom Wants Support Still Paid for Child Missing Three Years

November 5, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

I’ve written a lot lately about child support. The undeniable fact is that, while all and sundry claim the system exists to support children, child support often looks a lot more like custodial parents support than anything. I won’t go back through the various pieces I’ve done to that effect, but here, here and here are three. Read more…

Jason Patric Wins a Round

November 5, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

According to this article, Jason Patric has prevailed in the lower court (TMZ, 11/3/14). That means he has full parental rights to his son, Gus, and the opportunity to go to court to seek parenting time. Of course the lower court’s order will likely be appealed, but the last time Gus’s mother, Danielle Schreiber, did that, she lost. It’s hard for me to see the appellate court interpreting California law as it did and then turning around and reversing an order establishing Patric as the rightful father of his son. Read more…

New York Adoption Industry Pays Parents Even When They Don’t Care for Kids

November 2, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

I thought I knew a lot about the big business that is the adoption industry, but this fine article tells me there’s always something new to know (New York Daily News, 9/2/14). The core of the matter is this: in New York City, adults who adopt “hard to adopt” children receive a subsidy from the city, state and federal governments for doing so, but are under no legal obligation to care for those children. So many of those adoptive parents simply place the children in foster care and continue receiving the subsidies. An untold number more kick the kids out of the house to fend for themselves. Those “parents” too continue to receive the subsidies. Read more…

International Kidnapper Dorothy Lee Barnett Wants Bail

October 31, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

The latest on Dorothy Lee Barnett, aka Dorothy Geldenhuys, is that she wants to be released from jail on bail because she believes she has cancer. Read about it here (SBS, 10/29/14).

Barnett is the mother who, on being consigned by a North Carolina judge to the role of non-custodial parent 20 years ago, apparently used forged passports to get herself and her daughter out of the country. Since then she’s lived in South Africa and Australia where she was finally located and arrested last year and extradited to this country. She now faces up to 30 years in prison on charges of passport fraud and international child kidnapping. Her ex-husband, Harris Todd, never gave up searching for his kidnapped daughter. Read more…




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