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.
July 17, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
For a long time now I’ve been arguing that state children’s welfare agencies need to take a different tack when it comes to children at risk of abuse or neglect. My comments have always been informed by veterans in the field of child protection who repeatedly urge their agencies to intervene in risky families before there’s trouble and to provide services to families in need. They recommend that in lieu of waiting until a child is abused and then taking him/her from the parents and into some form of foster care. Even temporary foster care is traumatic for the child and expensive for the state.