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February 25, 2014

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Follow the Research... to Shared Parenting
by Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, National Parents Organization

Richard Warshak
Dr. Richard Warshak
“A broad consensus of accomplished researchers and practitioners agree that, in normal circumstances, the evidence supports shared residential arrangements for children under 4 years of age whose parents live apart from each other.”

It is rare that you have a single article that reports the consensus of such a large group of social scientists. The article, Social Science and Parenting Plans for Young Children: A Consensus Report, focuses on living arrangements for young children (under 4 years of age). The focus is on young children not because the research shows something different for older children but because opponents of shared residential arrangements have focused their attention on these cases, arguing that it is vital for the children to develop a strong bond with one parent and that requires a sole-custody/visitation living arrangement.

Richard A. Warshak, PhD, a prominent American clinical and research psychologist and author, prepared the draft of this consensus document. He is best known for his work on divorce, child custody, and parental alienation. The 110 endorsers are an international group of highly accomplished researchers and practitioners, including prominent representatives from the fields of early child development, clinical and forensic psychology, psychiatry, sociology, social work, and counseling. Read more...


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Push grows for equal-time child custody
The Lowell Sun by Chelsea Diana

Joshua Brand has spent seven years fighting in Middlesex and Cambridge courts to spend more time with his 8-year-old son, Tyler. The Lowell man, a Lawrence Public Schools teacher, said he was given partial custody of his son in a 2006 divorce decree that originally allowed him to see the boy three hours a week.
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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.

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110 Prominent Social Scientists: ‘Shared Parenting Should be the Norm’
February 21, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The anti-father crowd of social scientists has finally retreated to its last ditch. They’ve been wrong on the science for decades, but often were able to open up new areas in which questions had gone unanswered and so were able to cling to the notion that we couldn’t be certain if children really need their fathers. Read more...

New Mexico Police Refuse to Return Kidnapped Child to Custodial Dad
February 20, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The news out of New Mexico only gets worse. First it was Leland Valdez who was beaten to death, apparently by his mother, Tabetha Van Holtz and possibly her boyfriend. Then it was Omaree Varela who was kicked to death by his mother Synthia Varela-Casaus who’s admitted to it, according to police. Read more...

Texas District Attorneys Refuse to Enforce Criminal Law on Custody Interference
February 19, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
This is one of the best articles I’ve read in a long time on the obstacles non-custodial parents face (KFOX14, 2/3/14). In a nutshell, the State of Texas has a statute on its books that makes interference with child custody a felony. It’s Texas Penal Code section 25.03. But it turns out that, in all the state’s major cities at least, the law is simply never enforced. This article says the prospects for passage look good (KDLT, 2/9/14). Read more...

MN Supreme Court Invalidates Criminal Sanctions for Non-Payment of Child Support — For Now
February 17 , 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Lots of Minnesotans are up in arms about this decision by the state Supreme Court.They shouldn’t be.I can personally promise each and every one of them that the state legislature will fix the law so fast if you blink, you’ll miss it. Read more...

Update: Tiffany Klapheke Guilty in Daughter’s Death, Sentenced to Serve 30 Years
February 17, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Texas mother Tiffany Klapheke has been found guilty of child endangerment resulting in death by a Taylor County jury and sentenced to 30 years in prison. She’ll be eligible for parole in 15 years. Read more...

Hymowitz Right — Mostly — On Single Motherhood
February 16, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Here’s Kay Hymowitz in the New York Times commenting, in her usual cogent way, about poverty, single-motherhood and children without fathers (New York Times, 2/8/14). Mostly, she gets it right; her point of view is one everyone needs to read and understand, particularly the readership of the Times. Read more...

Divorce Corp.: Backlash by Divorce Lawyers Begins
February 14, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The documentary movie Divorce Corp. hasn’t been out long, but family lawyers — i.e. the well-paid employees of Divorce Corp. - are already raising a stink about it. Here a Minnesota divorce attorney, Gerald Williams, writing on his firm’s blog, takes umbrage at the movie. Read more...

 

 
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