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De Facto Parent? Wyoming Court Says ‘No’

March 4, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

The concept of the “de facto” parent is creeping into the margins of American law. Its future of course is unclear as are its consequences for shared parenting. This article deals with a recent case out of Wyoming that educates readers about the concept (Justicia.com, 3/3/15).

In a nutshell, the notion of the de facto parent arose in order to accommodate the parenting desires of one partner to a lesbian couple. In those cases, two women decided to have a child, found a sperm donor, inseminated one of the women who became pregnant, carried the pregnancy to term and – presto! – little Andy or Jenny had two mommies. (Gay men with children usually adopt them, so neither is a biological parent.)


Of Mothers, Fathers and Child Support

March 2, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

I’ve written a good bit about child support and often enough pointed out that the popular conception of the “deadbeat dad” is more of a misconception than anything. It’s common in the news media and popular culture to portray non-custodial fathers as uncaring about their children, and one of the ways to promote that view is to emphasize non-payment of child support.

That of course is wrong on many different levels, but nowhere is its inaccuracy made clearer than when we look at how non-custodial mothers do when they’re asked to pay support. As I’ve written many times and data from the Census Bureau demonstrate, non-custodial mothers are significantly less reliable about paying the support they owe than are their male counterparts.

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