August 28, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
I posted this piece last Monday. It was about a thoroughly scurrilous op-ed by the president of the Iowa State Bar Association, one Skip Kenyon. Since the murder of a two-year-old boy, Mason Wycoff, the movement in the Hawkeye State in favor of shared parenting has gained momentum. That’s partly because Mason’s dad, Dillon Wycoff has gone public with his efforts to gain custody of Mason due to the risk posed by the child’s mother. Stephenie Erickson eventually murdered Mason and committed suicide. Dillon was unable to get the attention of anyone who could have helped save Mason’s life, so he’s arguing for shared parenting and more respect for fathers by family courts.
August 26, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
In the “Will Wonders Never Cease?” department, comes this ray of light in an otherwise stygian region (Vancouver Sun, 8/21/16). It’s an article, in a major newspaper, that tells the truth about domestic violence. In my long experience researching and writing on DV, it’s all but a first.
The main reason it’s so accurate is that it quotes, almost exclusively, Professor Donald Dutton of the University of British Columbia. Dutton has always been a staunch supporter of empirical reality regarding domestic violence, a stance that naturally puts him at odds with the DV establishment. The narrative that’s been peddled by that establishment for over 40 years is that DV is a gendered phenomenon with males as perpetrators and females as victims.
August 25, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
The following is an update on a piece I did in 2011. It’s written by the subject of my article, David Shubert. Please read mine first because it provides details of the outrageous actions of Dave’s wife and the Colorado judge whose orders were plainly pro-mother and contrary to Colorado law. My sincere thanks to Dave for bringing us this update.
In 2007, I was living in the State of Colorado with my wife (now former) along with my daughter and step-son. Our marriage was a very tumultuous one and I was trying to find a way out of it. What really held me together during these times was the strong bond that I had with my daughter and step-son. They always knew that they could count on me for a smile, a hug or even to wipe away their tears. Little did I know that my life would come crashing down around me that year, as well as that of my children.
August 24, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
We often see anti-father bias in family courts, but, in the case of Hopkins v. Hopkins, it looks like Nebraska courts are trying for some sort of record. Maybe it’s the effect of the Olympics, but if there’s a gold medal for blatant, anti-dad, result-oriented jurisprudence, I say it goes to the Nebraska courts, particularly the state Supreme Court.
August 22, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
A couple of weeks ago, I reported on the tragic murder of Mason Wycoff of Iowa who was just two years old at the time. His mother, Stephenie Erickson had given him an overdose of oxycodone. She then did the same to herself, dying a short time later. Mason’s father, Dillon Wycoff had, for 10 months, been frantically trying to draw the attention of the police, child protective authorities and the courts to what he regarded as Erickson’s growing risk to Mason. No one heeded the warnings and Wycoff’s little son paid the highest price.