January 18, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
My next-to-last piece was about the State of Oklahoma’s enthusiasm for paternity fraud. There, a man identified only as “Thomas” is being forced to pay child support for a child who’s not his. Why? Because the state only allows men two years from the date of the child’s birth to contest paternity. Stated another way, a mother need only convince a man he’s her child’s father for a couple of years and, regardless of everything else, he’s on the hook.
January 16, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Here’s a bit of information on the power of child protective agencies that’s new to me (Buffalo News, 1/15/17).
New Yorker John M. Mylett is divorced and has a daughter. Needless to say, he’s not the parent with primary custody. Mylett calls himself a protective parent and I’m sure he is, but, from reading the article, I’d also call him a professional pain in the butt. Mylett’s M.O. is to ring up the Child Abuse Hotline every time he suspects his daughter may be in a situation that’s less than ideal. He’s done so 15 times in 36 months. That of course involves the Erie County Child Protective Services department.
January 15, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
I think I’m finally beginning to understand. It’s taken a while. After all, I’ve been writing daily about these issues for more than eight years now, but I may finally be seeing a pattern to family court pronouncements. It’s something like this: we want fathers out of their children’s lives, but we want non-fathers in the lives of children who aren’t theirs. Or maybe it’s as simple as this: whatever the dad wants, we do the opposite.
January 13, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Wouldn’t we all have thought that articles like this one were things of the past (Toronto Star, 1/11/17)? At long last, don’t we have enough information on domestic violence to stop pretending that only men do it and only women are victims? For that matter, why pretend, as the writer Heather Mallick does, that violent men are smiled upon by the criminal justice, civil and family law systems? Mallick’s piece is sosodden with false and misleading notions that it could almost qualify as that recently-discovered phenomenon, “fake news.”
January 12, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
The many ways in which state and federal governments intervene to prevent children from having relationships with their fit and loving fathers deserves a book-length treatise. Whatever politicians may say about the value of fathers to children, the reality is that fatherlessness is public policy. We simply have too many laws, regulations and policies that promote the destruction of the father-child bond, and we maintain those laws, regulations and policies in the face of too much science demonstrating them to be flawed for us to conclude other than that fatherlessness is the public policy of the United States and the several states.