March 21, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
This article is about three times as long as it needs to be, is poorly written and sometimes badly informed (Pop Matters, 1/31/18). But it reviews a film that may well be worth seeing. That film is Where’s Daddy, produced and directed by Rel Dowdell.
Where’s Daddy is about the child support system in the United States and how it tends to separate fathers from children. It’s also about the impact that has on the mothers of those children. The article’s writer, J.C. Macek III, writes a muddy prose that illuminates little, but apparently Where’s Daddy makes valuable points.
March 19, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
This article out of Canada rather breathlessly breaks the news that divorce can be costly (Hants Journal, 3/13/18). To that I can add my own breaking news: most people already know that. That’s the main reason why over 95% of divorce cases are agreed to by the separating spouses. They can’t afford and, in any case don’t need, lawyers. So they figure out acceptable post-divorce arrangements, write them up in the format desired by the particular court and hope the judge signs off. Most judges are all too happy to have an agreement in lieu of conflict.
In the overwhelming majority of cases, there’s simply no reason to spend more than a few hundred dollars to get divorced.
March 18, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Here are Brad Wilcox and Nicholas Zill, two long-time researchers into a wide variety of issues relating to families, parenting and children’s well-being (Institute for Family Studies, (2/27/18). Their new article is both news and not news. It provides updated information on children who are brought up - and those who aren’t – in intact families. That’s news. And it points out that kids brought up in intact homes have advantages in many different areas of life that other kids don’t.
Is growing up with married birth parents advantageous for a young person’s school success and later life chances? There is abundant evidence that it is. As shown in numerous analytic studies, students with stably-married parents are more likely to do well in school and less likely to cut classes, repeat grades, be suspended or expelled, or drop out.5 And significant advantages persist after controlling for related factors like parent education level, family income and poverty status, student race and ethnicity, parent involvement, and teacher or school quality. Rich or poor, this is a type of advantage which parents from all social classes can bestow upon their children: the privilege of a growing up in a stable, married two-parent family.
March 16, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
In Australia, journalist and activist Bettina Arndt has embarked on a new direction. Fortunately, it includes this video interview with law professor Augusto Zimmerman. In addition to his academic career, Zimmerman served on the Law Reform Commission for Western Australia and is a fairly influential voice in legal policy in the Land Down Under.
Zimmerman taught for 10 years at Murdoch University Law School, but moved to Sheridan College when he grew uncomfortable with the “social justice direction Murdoch was taking. His interview with Arndt focusses on the impacts that domestic violence laws have had on divorce and child custody proceedings.
March 15, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
The excellent Warren Farrell has recently released his book, The Boy Crisis. Rachel Alexander reviewed it here (Town Hall, 3/6/18). As the name indicates, the book isn’t just about family courts and the damage they do to kids and dads alike. But needless to say, Farrell doesn’t ignore that part of the problem.
Unsurprisingly, the removal of fathers from children’s lives serves no one well.
[I]n all 63 of the largest developed nations, boys are falling behind girls in all academic subjects – especially the biggest predictors of success, reading and writing, in their mental health (depression, suicides), physical health (lower sperm counts), IQ, ability to create friends, and so on.