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British Courts Limiting Alimony?

July 25, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Are courts clamping down on alimony cases? Are they limiting the time during which payors have to pay? That’s what this article claims is happening in courts in the United Kingdom (Telegraph, 7/20/16). This one agrees (AOL, 7/21/16).

The end of the 'meal ticket' divorce is nigh. Courts are increasingly choosing to limit the length of time that the ex-wives of rich men (or ex husbands of rich women) can pick up a hefty monthly payment from their former spouse. If they want to maintain the lifestyle they had when they were married, then they'll have to get a job...

 

Alabama Supreme Court Ducks Constitution in Adoption Case

July 24, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

If the Alabama trial court’s and Supreme Court’s decisions to ignore fraud on the mother’s part in this case weren’t bad enough, their decisions to refuse to consider the father’s constitutional claims were every bit as bad. Recall from yesterday’s piece that the mother had given birth in secret and told the father three days afterward that the child had lived but a very short time after delivery. She even forged a birth certificate so saying. All agreed that she did so for the sole purpose of deceiving the father into not filing the necessary notice with the Alabama Putative Father Registry. The facts of the matter aren’t disputed, but for reasons that remain mysterious, her procurement by fraud of his non-registration got a pass from both courts.

 

This Time it’s Alabama Endorsing Mom’s Fraud in Adoption

July 22, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

When it comes to stopping a fraudulently obtained adoption, it seems that unmarried fathers just can’t win. We know they can’t in Utah where there’s a specific “fraud immunity” clause to protect single mothers who resort to lying to wrest a child from its father and have it adopted. But this case comes from Alabama that has no such provision in its adoption statutes.

 

Aging Out of Foster Care: ‘You’re not Sure Where to Go Next’

July 21, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

This fine article examines foster care partially through the eyes of foster kids (Cedar Rapids Gazette, 3/20/16). With those perspectives and a bit of data, it lets readers know that foster care should be the last resort for kids in abusive or neglectful families. I’ve reported the social science before on children in foster care and it’s not pretty. Basically, children in foster care do worse than other kids in just about every category of behavior. Amazingly, even kids in somewhat abusive homes tend to do better than those in foster care.

 

Child Support Reform Needed

July 20, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Slowly but surely, we’re seeing good sense brought into the public discourse on a lot of family law-related issues. The issue of shared parenting is almost always considered favorably in the news media these days. That’s a sea change from just a few years ago when the most bizarre claims against it were made. The same is true of adoption, paternity fraud, child abduction, alimony and other matters. Of course elites in elective office, family lawyers and feminist organizations still oppose what everyone else knows to be right, just and good for kids.


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