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What Griffin/Dias-Griffin Divorce Teaches about Child Support

February 26, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Back last summer, hedge fund manager Ken Griffin filed for divorce from his wife, Anne Dias-Griffin, who is herself the founder of Aragon Global Management (Business Insider, 7/24/14). Here’s what Dias-Griffin said through her attorney at the time:

Anne's highest priority remains her family, especially the well-being of her children. She is hopeful that this personal matter can be resolved privately and in the best interests of her children.

Good for her; the welfare of the kids should always be parents’ top priority whether or not they’re divorcing. But that was then. Now we’re starting to get an idea of just what Dias-Griffin meant last July (The Journal, 2/24/15).

 

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.

Although I have largely lost patience with people like Rosemond who oppose equal parenting, Nielsen is more equable. The absence of fathers in children’s lives is one of the most damaging social ills we face. Its bad effects extend as far as the eye can see in all directions. Fatherlessness damages boys and girls, mothers and fathers, society generally and the public purse. It adversely impacts our schools and increases our prison population. It increases drug and alcohol abuse, domestic abuse and child abuse. It damages the ability of individuals to form and maintain healthy relationships. It increases poverty for parents and children. And of course toward each of these problems, we direct ever increasing levels of public resources in an attempt to ameliorate their pernicious effects. Almost 50 years ago, Daniel Patrick Moynihan decried the breakdown of the family among African-Americans. Then, few could have guessed that we would be repeating the same message in 2015, but now directed at all Americans.

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