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Steve Hitner’s Guide to Family Court Reform

Steven Hitner spearheaded the most far-reaching alimony reform bill in Massachusetts in memory. Amazingly, his organization, Massachusetts Alimony Reform, got the bill passed by a unanimous vote of both houses of the Bay State Legislature. As such, he is uniquely well-placed to advise on how to change existing state law. The National Parents Organization is proud to have Hitner as part of our team in our efforts to reform family laws across the country. Here is Hitner’s “how to” on creating legislative change. — Robert Franklin

Trouble in the Village: A Guide to Changing Law

May 26, 2015 by Steven K. Hitner, Consultant, National Parents Organization

What does “Trouble in the Village” mean and how does it relate to changing existing law? The answer is simple — legislators do not act unless they have “Trouble in their Village.”

 

Divorce and Custody Data from Bay State County Reveals Need for Family Court Reform

May 25, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

One of the greatest dangers to the status quo in child custody cases is information. Given that the status quo has been notoriously difficult to change over the past couple of decades, it’s no surprise that information on child custody outcomes is hard to come by. Put simply, states don’t keep track of what courts actually order in child custody matters.

 

Anti-shared Parenting Blogger: ‘No Bias in Family Courts’

May 24, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

As apologists for the status quo in family courts go, John Bolch is one of the weakest and most transparent. He routinely posts nonsense that it’s hard to believe even he takes seriously. Why Marilyn Stowe gives him a forum on her blog remains a mystery. The man simply has nothing to offer except giving a bad name to the causes for which he fights. Who knows? Maybe that’s Stowe’s ulterior motive.

 

Case History: Child Protective Agency Bullies Dad

May 22, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Two days ago I discussed the rights of parents under the Constitution as decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Yesterday I pointed out the many obstacles parents have to clear in order to assert those rights and how parents often don’t have the resources to do so. The fear of retaliation against them by CPS agencies for asserting their rights often forces parents to make the best deal they can with an agency that has far more time and money than they do.

 

CPS and Juvenile Courts Routinely Ignore Constitutional Law on Parents and Kids

May 21, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that the Meitivs, the Maryland parents whose fight with Child Protective Services has been so much in the news, intend to sue the agency. Volokh Conspiracy writer and law professor Ilya Somin said that he thought their case would be an easy one to win and I heartily concurred. After all, the law of the land as articulated by the United States Supreme Court clearly says that parents’ decision-making regarding their children may not be interfered with by the state absent a showing of unfitness. Since the Meitivs look to be the best of parents, they should be able to prove liability on the part of CPS easily. That part of the case should be disposed of on a Motion for Summary Judgment.


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