Help Pass Special Act in Connecticut

Sperm Donor or Dad? California Seeks to Correct Law

National Parents Organization - Newsletter July 10, 2013

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July 10, 2013

NPO Logo National Parents Organization improves the lives of children and strengthens society by protecting every child's right to the love and care of both parents after separation or divorce. We seek better lives for children through family court reform that establishes equal rights and responsibilities for fathers and mothers.
Help Pass Special Act in Connecticut
By Thomas Weismuller, Esq., Chair, Executive Committee, National Parents Organization of Connecticut

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National Parents Organization of Connecticut Chapter would like to thank Governor Dannel Patrick Malloy his fast action on the alimony reform bill and remind him that the legislature also passed a bill to investigate the family court system. Bill 6685 (now Special Act 13-24) was passed by the legislature to create a task force to investigate the family courts.

The Special Act still requires the governor's signature to become law. Please email Governor Malloy to encourage him to sign this special act and let us know.

It anticipates the appointment of experts in judicial administration, judicial ethics, family counseling, and law. It will give the legislature a first hand look at the court while simultaneously viewing the methods other states employ to administer family justice.

The goal will be to identify ethical and administrative problems that are alleged to increase costs and the duration of litigation. These things are seen as universally harmful to children and families. Web crawlers have identified Connecticut as being an exceedingly slow justice system. Read more...
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"I have seen three generations of disregard for the actual mental well-being of children by the state and selfish parents and hope that I can help make a difference for those out there that are forced to go through it."

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Sperm Donor or Dad? California Seeks to Correct Law
By Robert Franklin, Esq., Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Late last year, "Lost Boys" actor Jason Patric went to court in California to try to assert parental rights to his son Gus. He failed. Even though he’s biologically the boy’s father, even though he’s spent a fair amount of time caring for and bonding with Gus, and even though Gus seems to love Jason, there’ll be no father-child relationship between the two.

SB 115 would allow a man whose donated semen impregnates an unmarried woman to petition the courts for parenting rights by proving his devotion to the child. "The issue isn't whether Jason Patric gets custody. The issue is that you have the right to at least get that consideration," said Paula Treat, a lobbyist who has been retained by Patric's custody lawyer. "He wasn't in love with the boy's mother, but he's in love with the little boy."

Fighting the bill is Patric's former girlfriend, massage therapist Danielle Schreiber. She is arguing that current California law protects her as the child's only legal parent because she never married Patric and used a medical procedure to conceive. Read more...

Establish an Affiliation in Your State

National Parents Organization is working to build a strong affiliate in every state. What will it take to bring National Parents Organization to your state? Leadership. It takes a team of volunteers to organize in your state and to reach out to legislators, media, and other groups who will work with us to make shared parenting the norm.

If you are ready, please contact Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director. Together we can built an affiliate in your state.




The opinions expressed herein are those of our guest authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Parents Organization or its Board of Directors.
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July 8, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Honesty. We teach honesty, we preach honesty, and most people practice honesty, or at least a form of it, most of the time. Our cultural fealty to honesty, then, makes it all the more interesting when we carefully consider honesty and reject it. Read more...

OK Dad Hog-Ties Burglar; Wife: ‘That’s My Man!’
July 7, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Back in the 60s, we had the “New Left” and the “Counterculture.” Those were mostly self-aggrandizing terms for a loose amalgam of forces that vaguely resembled a movement that wanted to see itself as more important than it was. Fortunately for said movement, the president was Richard Nixon, a man cursed with a paranoid sense of victimization that could be counted on to inflate, in his own mind, the weakest enemy into the gravest of national threats. That the Director of the FBI at the time, J. Edgar Hoover, was of exactly the same turn of mind only added to a situation that was ideal for leftists. Read more...

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Volunteer Testimonial

"As an involved grandparent, nothing gives me more satisfaction than working for the next generation of children in Connecticut. National Parents Organization brings like-minded people together to improve outcomes for the children of divorce, and unites Connecticut groups with those working on this cause in other states. Now we are proposing changes to Connecticut’s Child Support Guidelines. The proposed Guidelines empower both parents to maintain households and pay for expenses associated with child rearing. The term “empowered” is important, since they benefit from seeing parents who have responsibility and the means to exercise this responsibility."

By John M. Clapp, Member, Connecticut Executive Committee: