July 24, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
If the Alabama trial court’s and Supreme Court’s decisions to ignore fraud on the mother’s part in this case weren’t bad enough, their decisions to refuse to consider the father’s constitutional claims were every bit as bad. Recall from yesterday’s piece that the mother had given birth in secret and told the father three days afterward that the child had lived but a very short time after delivery. She even forged a birth certificate so saying. All agreed that she did so for the sole purpose of deceiving the father into not filing the necessary notice with the Alabama Putative Father Registry. The facts of the matter aren’t disputed, but for reasons that remain mysterious, her procurement by fraud of his non-registration got a pass from both courts.
July 22, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
When it comes to stopping a fraudulently obtained adoption, it seems that unmarried fathers just can’t win. We know they can’t in Utah where there’s a specific “fraud immunity” clause to protect single mothers who resort to lying to wrest a child from its father and have it adopted. But this case comes from Alabama that has no such provision in its adoption statutes.
July 21, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
This fine article examines foster care partially through the eyes of foster kids (Cedar Rapids Gazette, 3/20/16). With those perspectives and a bit of data, it lets readers know that foster care should be the last resort for kids in abusive or neglectful families. I’ve reported the social science before on children in foster care and it’s not pretty. Basically, children in foster care do worse than other kids in just about every category of behavior. Amazingly, even kids in somewhat abusive homes tend to do better than those in foster care.
July 20, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Slowly but surely, we’re seeing good sense brought into the public discourse on a lot of family law-related issues. The issue of shared parenting is almost always considered favorably in the news media these days. That’s a sea change from just a few years ago when the most bizarre claims against it were made. The same is true of adoption, paternity fraud, child abduction, alimony and other matters. Of course elites in elective office, family lawyers and feminist organizations still oppose what everyone else knows to be right, just and good for kids.
July 18, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
The Massachusetts Legislature is trying to correct the plainly wrong rulings of the state’s Supreme Judicial Court regarding its alimony reform law that passed resoundingly in 2011. After much diligent work, legislators passed a law that brought the Bay State’s alimony law, if not into the 21st century, at least into the 20th. It capped the number of years a payor was forced to pay alimony to an ex-spouse, provided that a payor’s retirement at full retirement age ended the obligation to pay and did the same in the event the recipient began cohabiting with another person.