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Mom Embraces 50/50 Parenting Time

May 29, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

This should be read by every couple that’s divorcing and has kids whose custody needs deciding (Huffington Post, 5/27/16). It’s not because it’s unique or that anyone involved is a superhero. It’s because the opposite is true; everyone in the drama is just another everyday person trying to get through a divorce with a modicum of sanity and, with luck, good will.

 

Bolch Wrong Again, This Time on Family Court Secrecy

May 27, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Again we have patent nonsense from John Bolch at the Marilyn Stowe blog (Marilyn Stowe, 5//16). I’ve eviscerated Bolch before for his blissful unawareness of basic facts about British family law and even the very laws and cases about which he writes. But the linked-to piece is so bad I would like to encourage Stowe to cease giving him a forum. The man’s an embarrassment.

 

Freeman Study of Children Who Were Abducted

May 26, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

A few days ago, I would have considered the incident in this article as no big deal (Chicago Tribune, 5/25/16). It’s about a mother, Michalene Melges, who abducted her three sons from their Wisconsin home and took them to Savannah, Georgia. Instead of using her own car to carry out her plan, she rented a van that was later turned in to a rental agency in Texas by someone other than Melges. That strongly suggests she had a co-conspirator involved in her crime. Thanks to the FBI and the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the four were discovered after two weeks and Melges was arrested. The boys’ father is on his way to Georgia to be reunited with them.

 

Mom’s Photo of Dad Comforting Son Causes Outrage

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

Social media have been in an uproar ever since Heather Whitten posted a photo she took of her husband comforting their young son Fox who was ill from the bacterium Salmonella. Why the uproar? Both father and son were naked. Salmonella poisoning is serious business. Its virulent effects include high fever with long bouts of vomiting and diarrhea that have the power to kill due to dehydration. Thomas Whitten had taken Fox into the shower in the hopes of lowering the boy’s fever and for the expedient of easily washing away the vomit and diarrhea. Eventually the Whittens took their son to the hospital and all is now well.

 

CA: Legislature Shoots Down Attempt at Greater Secrecy for Child Welfare Agency

May 23, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

For the second time in as many years, California’s Legislature has rejected efforts by Governor Jerry Brown and the Department of Social Services to hide actions of child welfare workers from public view. The Senate Budget Committee unanimously rejected the attempt to drastically overhaul a 2008 law that gives the public greater – but still limited – access to DSS documents in child welfare cases.


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