Help Canada Pass Shared Parenting Legislation

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April 30, 2014

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Help Canada Pass Shared Parenting Legislation
By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, National Parents Organization

Brian Ludmer
Brian Ludmer
With our founder and chair, Ned Holstein, MD, MS, being a founding member of the International Council on Shared Parenting, National Parents Organization is promoting shared parenting internationally. This includes promoting the work our Canadian neighbors are doing to pass Bill C-560, a private members Bill to amend Canada’s federal Divorce Act to introduce a rebuttable presumption of equal shared parenting.

In response to the debate in the Canadian media and in the Canadian Parliament to date, our Canadian colleagues have collaborated on a document which focusses on the substantive issues and which dispels the rhetoric of opponents. The document, called: Myths and Facts Concerning Bill C-560 also addresses universal concerns, with well-crafted responses, to shared parenting.

Ned Holstein serves on the Board of Directors and the Scientific Committee of the new umbrella organization, International Council on Shared Parenting. Knowing the importance of passing shared parenting legislation in other countries to our own work in the United States, National Parents Organization is asking our members to encourage members of the Canadian Parliament to pass Bill C-560 for the children of Canada. Read more...

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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.

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

Children’s Rights Suit Against Texas Child Protective Services Promises Healthy Change
April 28, 2014by Executive Committee, National Parents Organization of Utah
In 2011, a New York-based children’s advocacy organization, Children’s Rights brought suit in federal court against the Texas foster care system. The suit is soon to come to trial in Corpus Christi and, if the plaintiffs prevail, it could mean drastic and expensive changes in how the Lone Star State treats children in foster care. Read about it here (New York Times, 4/23/14). Read more...

British Family Court Reforms Again Leave Dads Out in the Cold
April 27 , 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
With stupidity like this, it’s no wonder Britain’s custody laws are in such lousy shape (Daily Mail, 4/23/14).

The new amendments to its child custody laws went into effect just five days ago, so a government that all but totally reneged on its campaign promise to improve the lot of fathers in family courts had to do something to paper over its abject failure. That thankless task fell to the administration’s Invisible Man, Deputy Prime Minister, Nicholas Clegg. Unsurprisingly, he made a hash of it, not unlike the job the government did with the amendments themselves. Read more...

Mentally Impaired Dad Regains Custody of Daughter
April 25, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
A Minnesota father who is mentally impaired has had his parental rights reinstated by an appellate court following their termination by a trial court judge. Read about it here (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 4/21/14).

Apparently the father had a relationship with a woman who, two years ago, came to the attention of the state’s child protective services. She had other children by other fathers, all of whom had been taken from her and placed in foster care. She agreed to have her parental rights terminated and, when it came to her daughter by the mentally-impaired dad, she did the same. Read more...

The Atlantic Swings at Putative Father Registries: Foul Ball!
April 24, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Amazing. The Atlantic has taken on the subject of Putative Father Registries and done so in a fairly honest and balanced way. The article’s writer, Kevin Maillard, is a professor of family law at Syracuse University Law School, so you’d think he’d know a bit more about his topic than he lets on, but, by the standards of the mainstream news media, this article isn’t bad (The Atlantic, 4/21/14). Read more...

University of New South Wales Ethics Committee Quashes Faulty Domestic Violence Study
April 23 , 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
It was business as usual for the domestic violence industry in Australia. The industry for decades has tried to convince anyone who would listen that, when domestic violence occurs, it’s overwhelmingly likely that (a) there’s a perpetrator and a victim (b) the perpetrator is a man, (c) the victim is a woman, (d) she took no part in the violence, (e) his violence was part of an ongoing pattern whose purpose was (f) to terrorize and control her. They were puttering right along as usual, peddling the same old snake oil when a funny thing happened. Here’s the report (ACF, March, 2014). Read more...


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