A Personal Message from Ned Holstein
November 22, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Is the Lansing State Journal taking a stand in favor of shared parenting? It published NPO’s Linda Wright’s fine piece supporting HB 4691 that would create a presumption of shared parenting. Now it’s published this one by Karl Dersch who, like Wright, nails the issues (Lansing State Journal, 11/19/17).
Best of all, Dersch goes beyond the many benefits of shared parenting to the family members involved in a divorce and points out the positive impact shared parenting would have on society at large. As I’ve said many times, an array of social ills is associated with fatherlessness and yet family courts routinely remove fathers from meaningful roles in their children’s lives. That’s bad for kids, bad for mothers, bad for fathers and bad for society generally. Dersch gets it.
November 20, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Last week, I posted two pieces rebutting the scandalously inaccurate and nakedly self-interested claims by Michigan attorney John F. Schaefer. One of his most blatantly misleading claims he was that the system of sole/primary parenting post-divorce is backed up by “solid research.” So I emailed Schaefer asking for links to the said research. It’s been five days now and, to no one’s surprise, Schaefer hasn’t responded, much less produced the, er, “solid research.”
That serves as a lead-in to this excellent article by NPO’s Linda Wright regarding the same legislation, Michigan House Bill 4691 (Lansing State Journal, 11/19/17). Of course that’s the same bill Schaefer wrote about, even though his representation of it bore almost no resemblance to the actual bill. Wright hits all the high spots about shared parenting and HB 4691, but perhaps most important is this:
November 19, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Are Nebraska courts getting soft? By ‘soft’ I mean more amenable to shared parenting. Has someone convinced them that shared parenting is actually best for kids? Is such a thing possible?
The reason I ask is the case of Berndt vs. Berndt issued by an appellate court on November 14th. It’s a simple case that, I strongly suspect, would have turned out differently just two or three years ago. I may be reading between the lines too much, but still, that’s my suspicion.
November 17, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
This continues from yesterday’s post.
At this point, it’s appropriate to thank John Schaefer for one thing (Detroit News, 11/13/17). His article is a mess of misrepresentations about what he does know and errors about things he doesn’t, like the science on shared parenting. But fair is fair and Schaefer deserves thanks.
That’s not because of his words, but because of his photo. The image he provided to the Detroit News fairly shouts “wealthy and prosperous!” Schaefer, in his tailored dark blue suit, bright white shirt and hankie and silk necktie, is the very picture of the well-heeled divorce lawyer. As such, his photo tells readers what his words do not – that divorce law can be very, very lucrative. So, for all the dishonesty of his words, his picture speaks the truth.