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Once Again, Nebraska Supreme Court Endorses Paternity Fraud

February 12, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

The Nebraska Supreme Court has once again come down foursquare on the side of paternity fraud. And again, it wrongheadedly requires the defrauded man to in some way ascertain the truth of the matter about which he’s been defrauded and requires nothing of the person defrauding him. Fraud is everywhere frowned upon by the law and the courts – everywhere, that is, except regarding the paternity of children. There and only there, does the law enthusiastically endorses lying for the purpose of duping a man into or out of fatherhood.

 

Mississippi’s Child Welfare Agency Dysfunctional, in Contempt of Court

February 12, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Sigh. Another day, another dysfunctional child welfare agency. Read about it here (New York Times, 1/17/16) This time it’s Mississippi’s and the situation has gotten so bad that a federal court may resort to placing the organization under the direction of a receiver. Were that to happen, it would be the first time in the history of the country.

 

No Help for Motherisk Victims Outside of Ontario

February 11, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Back on February 1st, I posted this piece about an Ontario testing laboratory that’s had a class-action lawsuit filed against it due to its years-long incompetence in determining, among other things, whether parents were using illegal drugs and/or abusing alcohol. The Motherisk lab conducted thousands of such tests and many parents lost their children to the province based on the conclusions of its employees. But back in the early 2000s, a doctor who was conducting autopsies was discovered to be incompetent. He was fired and many of the cases he’d worked on had to be revisited.

 

Australian Family Courts Ignorant of the Effects of Their Orders

February 10, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Not long ago, Australian Senator John Madigan and six other senators signed a letter vowing to reform family courts there “root and branch.” This video is of Madigan apparently beginning that process. Here’s his press release on the matter.

The video is of Madigan questioning Family Court CEO, Richard Foster, in the hearing room of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee. It’s just 6 ½ minutes of Q & A, and the answers are both unsurprising and telling.

 

The New Yorker Tilts at the Children’s Welfare System, Misses

February 8, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

In its February 1 edition, The New Yorker’s Jill Lepore took on the issue of children’s welfare agencies and how they so often get wrong the one job they’re tasked with doing – protection of children. Lepore’s article weighed in at a hefty 7,500 words. With all those keystrokes, you’d think she’d have gotten a lot more right than she did, but alas it was not to be. She nails a couple of issues, but only a couple. Her effort rates a C- that’s probably too generous.


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