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Daily Mail: Poor Moms with ‘Only’ 50/50 Parenting Time

May 6, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Sigh. I thought we were done with nonsense like this (Daily Mail, 5/4/16). The article is so misguided, so ill-informed and so at odds with itself, it’s hard to guess how it got published. I suppose we can chalk it up to a zeitgeist that, despite everything, still fears the concept of shared parenting, particularly the 50/50 variety.

 

NPO Optimistic about Passage of HB 1550 in Missouri

May 5, 2016 By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Our National Parents Organization in Missouri reports that they’re optimistic about passage of HB 1550 sponsored by Representative Jim Neely.

HB 1550 won’t start a revolution in family law, but it makes needed changes. First, it requires judges to issue Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law in any custody case in which the parents don’t agree on all aspects of custody, parenting time, etc. Judges are required to consider the need of children for “frequent, continuing and meaningful contact” with each parent. They’re also required to consider, in issuing an order of custody and parenting time, which parent is more likely to provide the other “frequent, continuing and meaningful contact” with the child.

 

Department of Justice Warns State Child Support Enforcement Agencies of Illegal Practices

May 5, 2016
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Five years ago, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Turner v. Rogers that state judges are required to hold a hearing to determine whether a parent who’s behind on his/her child support obligations should be jailed for contempt. In some cases, the parent may be entitled to an attorney paid for by the state. But in all cases, prior to committing him to jail, the court must find not only that the parent hasn’t paid, but that failure to do so is willful, i.e. he/she has the ability to pay, but hasn’t.

 

Office of Child Support Enforcement Corrects State Enforcement Offices

May 5, 2016
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

On April 15, Commissioner Vicky Turetsky of the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) issued a letter to state child support enforcement authorities informing them that many of them are charging non-custodial parents amounts in excess of their child support orders and in violation of federal law.

 

New Jersey: Non-Custodial Parents Fighting Unconstitutional Family Court System

May 5, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Once again, an outrage is occurring in the courts of New Jersey and once again, the Bergen Dispatch is standing tall in its opposition (Bergen Dispatch, 4/28/2016). Reporter Paul Nichols is to be commended for his unsparing criticism of judges and public defenders who routinely ignore not only state but also federal precedents that are supposedly binding on them.


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