December 2, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
I often criticize The Guardian and rightly so. Indeed, if the liberal paper’s circulation continues as it has for the past six years, it’ll close its doors entirely in the not-too-distant future. Apparently I’m not alone in my criticism.
Still, on those infrequent occasions when The Guardian gets it right, it’s only just to say so, and this is one of those times (Guardian, 11//16).
December 1, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
I’m surprised, but William Marotta won. The State of Kansas may well appeal the trial court’s ruling, but, for now at least, Marotta won’t have to pay child support for his biological child. Here’s my last post on the case.
In a nutshell, Marotta answered an ad placed on Craigslist by two women, … and … who were seeking a sperm donor in order to have a child. The three entered into a written agreement to the effect that he would pursue no legal rights to the child and the women would not pursue him for child support. They paid Marotta for his donation, a child was conceived and was brought into the world. All three adults scrupulously adhered to the bargain they’d struck.
November 30, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
I’ve written several times about the plight of fathers, particularly single fathers, in Ireland. The simple truth is that, if dads in the U.S., England, Australia and Canada think family courts treat them badly, they haven’t seen anything yet. The law on fathers’ rights in Ireland requires single fathers to file a lawsuit in court just to get recognition of their rights as fathers. Failure to do that and their rights are entirely governed by their children’s mothers.
November 28, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
I’ve often written that DNA testing should be routinely performed on children at birth to insure that the man who’s been named as the father and who believes he’s the father actually is the father. Doing so would entail some cost at first, but the benefits would be far greater. Routine genetic testing would cut the incidence of paternity fraud to essentially zero. That would mean that all children would know to a certainty who their father is and every father would know his children. There would be no lawsuits to clog the courts regarding paternity, no medical errors based on the assumption of paternity, no biological dads appearing years later in the child’s life to claim their rights and no men who’d played the role of father unexpectedly exiting that life. Plus, as a matter of principle, state governments and Washington would no longer be in the business of abetting a mother’s fraud against two men and a child.
November 27, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
If it weren’t bad enough for Ellen Friedrichs to simply ignore all the known information on family structure and child well-being, when she does manage to cite some, she does so only to disparage it (Everyday Feminism, 11/18/16). So eventually, she actually manages to quote Sara McLanahan and Jane Waldfogel on some of the detriments of single parenting for children. Too bad she doesn’t pay attention to what they say.