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Molly McGrath Tierney: Foster Care is a Bad Idea

July 6, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

If you want to know about our system of child welfare and foster care, this TEDx talk by Molly McGrath Tierney is a must view (YouTube). It’s 11 minutes long and is as damning an indictment of how we attempt to protect abused and neglected kids as anything I’ve ever seen or read (or written).

 

Warshak’s Ten Fallacies about Parental Alienation, Part Two

July 5, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
This post continues last Friday’s.

The common fallacies about parental alienation Warshak numbers six through 10 involve intervention and fixing an alienating situation.

6. Young Children Living With an Alienating Parent Need No Intervention.

One of the primary excuses alienating parents give for allowing alienated children to avoid contact with the targeted parent is that the child doesn’t wish to see the parent. The answer to that, for children of whatever age, is that having or not having contact with the parent isn’t their decision. There is a court order that must be obeyed by all parties. If it’s the wrong order for whatever reason, then someone needs to seek a modification. But the child is not the one who decides about contact with the targeted parent.

 

Warshak Identifies Ten Common Fallacies About Parental Alienation

July 3, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Common false beliefs about parental alienation lead therapists and lawyers to give bad advice to their clients, evaluators to give inadequate recommendations to courts, and judges to reach injudicious decisions. The increasing recognition of the phenomenon of children’s pathological alienation from parents brings with it a proliferation of mistaken assumptions about the problem’s roots and remedies. These assumptions fail to hold up in the light of research, case law, or experience.

 

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.


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