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New Zealand Report: Single Parenthood Most Important Factor in Child Poverty

June 1, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

This piece is about New Zealand, but it could be about the United States (New Zealand Herald, 5/30/16). Or Australia, Canada, Great Britain, etc. We all seem to be doing much the same dysfunctional thing with the same dysfunctional results.

A new study has been published by the lobbying organization, Family First, on single parenthood and child poverty. To those who follow issues like divorce, child custody, family law and related topics, the connection between poverty and single parenthood comes as no surprise.

 

Texas CPS Drops Educational Standards for Caseworkers to Lowest in the Nation

May 30, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Years ago, there was a daily newspaper cartoon about a basset hound whose name, unoriginally enough, was Fred Basset. One day, Fred was in a panic because he couldn’t move. He finally figured out his problem, though. It seems he’d inadvertently stood on his ears with his front feet.

 

Mom Embraces 50/50 Parenting Time

May 29, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

This should be read by every couple that’s divorcing and has kids whose custody needs deciding (Huffington Post, 5/27/16). It’s not because it’s unique or that anyone involved is a superhero. It’s because the opposite is true; everyone in the drama is just another everyday person trying to get through a divorce with a modicum of sanity and, with luck, good will.

 

Bolch Wrong Again, This Time on Family Court Secrecy

May 27, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Again we have patent nonsense from John Bolch at the Marilyn Stowe blog (Marilyn Stowe, 5//16). I’ve eviscerated Bolch before for his blissful unawareness of basic facts about British family law and even the very laws and cases about which he writes. But the linked-to piece is so bad I would like to encourage Stowe to cease giving him a forum. The man’s an embarrassment.

 

Freeman Study of Children Who Were Abducted

May 26, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

A few days ago, I would have considered the incident in this article as no big deal (Chicago Tribune, 5/25/16). It’s about a mother, Michalene Melges, who abducted her three sons from their Wisconsin home and took them to Savannah, Georgia. Instead of using her own car to carry out her plan, she rented a van that was later turned in to a rental agency in Texas by someone other than Melges. That strongly suggests she had a co-conspirator involved in her crime. Thanks to the FBI and the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the four were discovered after two weeks and Melges was arrested. The boys’ father is on his way to Georgia to be reunited with them.


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