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How to Deal With Parental Alienation — Or Not

July 2, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

This case isn’t new, but it provides a handy segue to tomorrow’s post and teaches us a lot about how parental alienation is — or isn’t — handled by family courts (Toronto Star, 1/24/09).  It’s presented as a victory for common sense and the well-being of children, but is it? It’s a clear case of egregious parental alienation of three girls by their mother against their father. And the judge, Justice Faye McWatt, clearly did the right thing when she simply transferred custody of the children to their father and prohibited contact with the mother.

 

Can Fathers Sue Courts Under ‘Disparate Impact’ Theory?

July 1, 2015
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Will last week’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court permitting same-sex couples to marry have any impact on the movement for equal parenting following divorce? It’s a question many people asked immediately after the opinion was announced.

 

TN Woman Jailed for ‘Assault’ on Fetus by Methamphetamine

July 1, 2015
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

A Tennessee woman is the first to be jailed under a new state law that makes it a criminal offense to ingest certain drugs while pregnant (ABC, 6/13/15). Mallory Loyola, 26, was charged with a misdemeanor when both she and her new baby tested positive for methamphetamine. The law only went into effect earlier in June.

 

New Warshak Paper on Parental Alienation

July 1, 2015
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Dr. Richard Warshak has a new paper published by the peer-reviewed journal Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. The title is “Ten Parental Alienation Fallacies that Compromise Decisions in Court and in Therapy.” It’s aimed at mental health professionals, but could usefully be read by family lawyers and judges too. As the title indicates, its purpose is to correct common misconceptions about alienated children, their diagnosis and treatment. The article contains practice recommendations for therapists.

 

The Many Ways Women Seek Children without Fathers

July 1, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

To coin a phrase, the more things change, the more they remain the same. For years we’ve allowed ourselves to believe that people had come to understand that conceiving and giving birth to children with the intention that they not have a father is a bad idea. Certainly that’s been publicized enough and organizations like Single Mothers by Choice have essentially vanished from the news. Plus, although single motherhood is still at astonishing levels, the rate among women with a college degree is about 8%.


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