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New York Times Child Support Forum: Calls for Reform

April 27, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

But all is not darkness at the New York Times. Its forum on child support and its enforcement features two articles that actually make some sense by writers who seem to know the basics of the subject.


New York Times Forum: Child Support Penalties not Harsh Enough

April 26, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Friday’s piece about Colleen Eubanks’ mistaken claim that our system of enforcing child support is “fair” neglected to mention one of the very least fair things about it — its blatant sexism. As National Parents Organization Chairman Ned Holstein reported here, investigator Terry Brennan squeezed, with much difficulty, data on child support enforcement out of the sheriff departments of the State of Massachusetts. His findings? 98% of those arrested for child support indebtedness are fathers and indebted fathers are eight times as likely as indebted mothers to go to jail for their failure to pay. I’d say that stretches the concept of “fairness” far beyond the breaking point. We don’t know Eubanks’ take on it since she unsurprisingly neglected to mention Brennan’s figures, despite their being well-publicized.


New York Times Forum Author: Child Support System is ‘Fair’

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

Having published a couple of fact-based articles about the child support system that are also sympathetic to fathers, the editors at the New York Times just couldn’t resist. As they often do on other topics, they followed up with one of their forums called “Room for Debate,” in which they invite a few people with differing viewpoints to comment on the subject in question. That’s a fair approach, but all too often results in a “The Earth: Flat or Spherical?” type of debate. Of course we all value principled disagreement, but in some matters, some arguments just don’t have the heft that others do.


Mother Forgives $38 K Child Support Debt

April 23, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

And it’s a twofer! The New York Times ran two pieces in the same day on child support, both of them fact-based and sympathetic to fathers. As I asked yesterday, “will wonders never cease?”


White House Council on Boys and Men

April 22, 2015
By Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Acting Executive Director, National Parents Organization

In this issue of the newsletter, we are honored to have a piece by Warren Farrell. Warren describes the efforts he has led to create a White House Council on Boys and Men. Warren is the noted author of numerous influential books, including Father and Child Reunion (here). This is one of the best exposes of the problems we are fighting in the family courts. If you have not read it, now is the time.

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