Push Shared Parenting Legislation in Illinois

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April 3, 2014

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Push Shared Parenting Legislation in Illinois
By Michael D. Gerhardt, Esq., Member, National Parents Organization

Michael Gerhardt
Michael D. Gerhardt, Esq.
I keep getting asked, “What is going on in Illinois?” My answer, “A lot.” But I am sure most people really mean to know what is going on with our Shared Parenting Bill - HB5425. National Parents Organization wrote about it here.

A quick recap, HB5425: (1) recognizes that the involvement of each parent for equal time and not less than 35% of residential parenting time per week is presumptively in the children's best; (2) presumes parents to be fit; (3) requires parents to come up with a parenting plan within 90 days; if not, then the judge has 60 additional days and should award equal time unless it is not in the child’s best interest, then a minimum of 35% parenting time should be awarded to each fit parent; and (4) requires clear and convincing evidence to impose any restriction on parenting time.

What to do? Email Representative Kelly Burke. Ask her not to bow to the threats of the Illinois Bar Association and to implement the recommendations of the Illinois Family Law Study Committee regarding custody and visitation.

But let me backtrack a little. In 2008, Illinois formed the Illinois Family Law Study Committee to “study the changes in law and society since the Act was enacted, and recommend how the Act should be amended to improve and update it.” The selected committee members consisted of well-respected lawyers, judges, legislators, and experts. The Committee spent years researching social science, laws of other states, interviewing witnesses, and reviewing data. The Committee approved a recommendation for a minimum of 35% parenting time. The custody subcommittee voted 6 - 0 in favor of these recommendations. The full Illinois Family Law Study Committee voted in favor 11 - 6. Read more...

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Colorado Dad to See His Kidnapped Daughters After More Than Three Years
April 2, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
It’s a different case, different countries, a different year, but the results are maddeningly the same. We’ve seen countless cases of parents abducting their children out of the country in which they’ve lived their whole lives, thousands of miles away to countries whose people, language and cultures are strange and confusing to them. Read more...

In Canada, Barbara Kay and Prof. Edward Kruk Demolish Arguments Against Shared Parenting Law
March 31, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Having reported on the overwhelming support for equal parenting in Canada as demonstrated by surveys conducted in 2001, 2009 and now 2014, and having disposed of the opposition’s weak and quixotic arguments against bill C-560, I turn now to two National Post articles here (National Post, 3/19/14) and here (National Post, 3/25/14) that persuasively argue in favor of a presumption of equal parenting post-divorce. Read more...

Opposition to Shared Parenting in Canada Typically Weak, Dishonest
March 30 , 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
So, if there’s an equal parenting bill before a legislative body, that must mean those opposed to fathers having real relationships with their children are coming out of the woodwork to make their thoughts known. And, since there is such a bill — C-560 — before the Canadian Parliament, the anti-dad crowd in that country must be ginning up their propaganda apparatus. Read more...

March 17 Poll: 72% of Canadians Support Shared Parenting
March 28, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
It’s getting hot and heavy on the shared parenting front in Canada. Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott’s bill, C-560, has moved to a second reading in Parliament which has prompted intensive commentary by the news media, mostly the National Post. Read more...

Manny Mehos Gets Custody
March 27, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
It must have seemed like a can’t-lose bet. An attractive blonde mother of two kids under the age of six divorcing a very wealthy banker she said was an abuser. Surely, that would add up to custody for her paid for by some hefty support payments by him. Read more...

Medical Investigator on Omaree Varela in New Mexico: Nine Referrals to DCFY; Over 20 Injuries
March 27, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The Medical Investigator has completed his autopsy on the body of nine-year-old Omaree Varela and the results — for everyone — are far worse than previously thought. Omaree was the little boy whose mother, Synthia Varela-Casaus admitted to kicking him “too hard.” He died of his injuries last December. Read more...

Irish Family Courts’ Treatment of Fathers a Violation of Human Rights

March 26, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
If it’s any consolation to fathers here, it’s worse in Ireland. A new study conducted by Dr. Roisín O’Shea and funded by the Irish Research Council revealed information on Irish Family Court practices that would horrify anyone who cares about fathers or children. Read more...


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