A Personal Message from Ned Holstein
December 15, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
It’s just been four days since the Washington Post article I wrote about yesterday was published. As I said, it was picked up by at least two major-circulation dailies, the Denver Post and the Chicago Tribune. Now it’s been read by John Bolch (Marilyn Stowe Blog, 12/14/17).
My opinion of Mr. Bolch is well known to anyone who reads this blog even occasionally. Bolch almost invariably manages to combine smugness with ignorance, a bad combination in anyone about any subject. He routinely gets matters wrong about British family law and court practice. This, despite the fact that he swears he used to practice family law there. He’s claimed, for example, that recent amendments to the Children’s Act mandate some improvement in parenting time for non-custodial parents when the plain wording of the statute requires no such thing.
December 14, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
This is another huge win for the National Parents Organization (Washington Post, 12/11/17). It’s a strongly positive article about shared parenting in a major mainstream newspaper. It specifically cites NPO as the major force behind recent legislative changes promoting equal parenting. It quotes the head of the NPO Virginia chapter, Christian Paasch, at length.
Important too is the fact that the Post has a strongly liberal readership. In the past, liberal publications were generally less open to the idea of shared parenting than their more conservative counterparts. The Washington Post’s daily circulation is the eighth largest in the country. The article was picked up by at least two other major dailies, the Denver Post and the Chicago Tribune whose circulations are, respectively, 10th and 11th in the nation. Together, those papers reach about 1.3 million readers every day. This article represents an important change in the zeitgeist regarding family court reform.
December 13, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
I have two things to say about this (NBR, 12/11/17). First, our approach to division of marital assets isn’t sensible. Second, a person’s outcome in family court reflects the proclivities of the judge in the case and little else.
The case reported on occurred in New Zealand. For reasons I can only guess at, the two spouses are given pseudonyms not only by the article, but by the various courts that ruled on their case. The two had children, but this isn’t a custody matter. So I don’t see the point of keeping the public in the dark about who these people are. In any event, the woman’s nom de guerre is Ms. Scott and the man’s, Mr. Williams.
December 11, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Yesterday I posted a piece based on reporting by the Austin American-Statesman about improvements to the child protection system in Texas. Its message was that, with the huge influx of money budgeted by the state legislature, major improvements have been made with more likely to come.
Two days later, however, came this piece from Robert Garrett at the Dallas Morning News (Dallas Morning News, 12/7/17). Garrett has, for several years now, been head and shoulders the best reporter on the Department of Family and Protective Services, the multiple scandals surrounding it, the lawsuit against it in Judge Janice Jack’s federal court in Corpus Christi and legislative efforts to improve matters.