Alabama Supreme Court Ends “Right” to College Life

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November 6, 2013

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Alabama Supreme Court Ends “Right” to College Life
By Michael Polemeni, Chair, Executive Committee, National Parents Organization of Alabama

While everyone was fretting over the Federal shutdown, the Alabama Supreme  Court took the unexpected, but absolutely correct action, of overturning Bayliss v. Bayliss. The Bayliss precedent has been used by courts to provide post-minority support for college. It has become an expected right for the "college life" for Alabama children.

Now, with Bayliss overturned, the choice to provide monies for college is the choice of divorced parents. These parents, just as with the children of non-divorced parents, may add conditions that may be met by their children in order to provide college costs.

It is the first lesson in responsibility for many children to seek funds through scholarships, grants, parents, grandparents, and "God forbid" work. Now all children, whether or not their parents are together, may learn this lesson. Read more...

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Family Courts’ Anti-Father Practices Produce Single Fathers by Choice
November 4, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
For decades we’ve had “single mothers by choice.” Now fathers are making the same one. This article on the subject of men opting for fatherhood without a partner is long, thoughtful and informative (The Guardian, 11/1/13). It’s also, to my mind, less judgmental than it ought to be. Read more...

Norwegian Company Employees Busted for Re-Abducting Kidnapped Children
November 3, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The problem of international parental kidnapping of children has gotten so bad that companies are now springing up to provide extra-legal services to recover them. Unsurprisingly, that shady enterprise has gotten some people arrested, most recently by Italian police in Palermo. Read about it here (Associated Press, 10/31/13). Read more...

Chattanoogan Writers Criticize Child Support Laws
November 1, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The issue is child support and how states enforce payment, or attempt to. The writers, unlike in most of the mainstream news media, are just everyday folks expressing their thoughts on the subject. Read more...

Sullinger Case Teaches Lessons in What Not to Do About Domestic Violence
October 31, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
This claim of domestic violence, the response by police and its ultimate outcome in court, while pretty mundane, tell us a lot about how the domestic violence system operates (Boston Globe, 10/28/13). Read more...


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