A Galvanizing Event for Shared Parenting: Ned Holstein Represents National Parents Organization on Newswise Live

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June 6, 2014

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A Galvanizing Event for Shared Parenting: Ned Holstein Represents National Parents Organization on Newswise Live
By Robert Franklin, Esq.

Jason Patric
Jason Patric
On Wednesday, June 4, National Parents Organization founder and Chairman Ned Holstein, MD, MS, participated with other shared parenting luminaries in a panel discussion sponsored by Newswise Live, a program that seeks to educate journalists on the important issues of the day. The panel consisted of Dr. Holstein; Warren Farrell, PhD, longtime supporter of the rights of men, fathers and boys and author of numerous books including Father and Child Reunion; Canadian family lawyer Georgialee Lang; and actor Jason Patric who recently won Round One of his two-year battle to play a real part in the life of his son, Gus.

The takeaway from the presentations of all panel members and the answers to reporters’ questions was that equal parenting and equal parenting supporters are on the right side of history. Dr. Holstein cited a long-term shift in the direction of equal parenting both in courts and legislatures, and in the popular imagination.

Lang, who has practiced family law in British Columbia for 25-years, reported that she’s seen sea-change in the awareness of parents and judges of the value of fathers to children. She cautioned though that even judges who might be inclined to issue orders for greater shared parenting and more equal parenting time for fathers and mothers often find themselves hamstrung by legal precedent. Those judges, of course, are required to act within the parameters of the law, both statutory and judge-made. The simple fact is that much precedent, both in Canada and in some states of the United States, oppose equal parenting outright. Much as judges may want to, they can’t issue orders that contradict existing law. If they do, their orders will be reversed by a court of appeals. But slowly, precedents supporting shared parenting are being established, Lang said.

So the point Lang made most vigorously was that laws have to be changed and doing so takes political will. It’s a point that was made on the National Parents Organization blog site just last week in the wake of the defeat of Maurice Vellacott’s equal parenting bill by the Canadian House of Commons. Read more...

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Time Magazine Seizes on Elliot Rodger to Attack the Movement for Men and Fathers
June 4, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The murderous insanity of Elliot Rodger last week has opened the door to all sorts of strange and utterly off-base claims about men, masculinity and relations between the sexes. I suppose that was inevitable. After all, whenever a nutcase goes on a shooting rampage, we’re immediately informed by all and sundry that the actions in some way represent masculinity generally, that the person who is far out there on the narrowest edge of human behavior and self-understanding in some way is a fair representation of all men. Read more...

Hanna Rosin: Custody Cases Hunky Dory for Dads as Long as They’re Rich and Married
June 2, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Back in the 70s there was a cartoonist named B. Kliban whose stuff had a somewhat surreal slant to it. I recall one two-panel piece of his particularly. The title of the cartoon was “Bugs Kept Away,” and purported to be an instruction manual for, well, keeping bugs away. The first panel showed a kitchen counter covered with black bugs with the caption “Bugs.” The second panel was the same kitchen counter with no bugs and the caption “Bugs Kept Away.” How do you keep bugs away? Just draw them out of the picture. Read more...

Nebraska Committee Files Petition to Change Rules on Custody, Parenting Time
June 1, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The issue of shared parenting is heating up again in Nebraska. On May 29th, the Nebraska Child Welfare Committee submitted a petition to the state Supreme Court to establish rules for the state’s family courts in child custody cases. That was brought about by that gift that keeps on giving, the Nebraska 2002 — 2012 Custody Court File Research Study published by the Administrative Office of the Courts. Read more...

British Columbia Court: Dad Doesn’t Have to Pay to Support Abducted Daughter
May 30, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Not long ago I wrote about a promising development in child support law in California. There, a court of appeals found that a custodial mother who had abducted her child, not allowing the father to see the girl for many years, could not, as a matter of equity, claim child support arrears. Having abducted the girl, thereby preventing her from seeing her father, the mother came to the court seeking an equitable order of back child support. Read more...

Ohio Court Greenlights Matthew Dunlop’s Lawsuit Against State Child Support Agency
May 29, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
On more than one occasion I’ve pointed out that the system we have for paying child support to the state that then (supposedly) disburses it to the custodial parent for the benefit of the child is one that should legally create certain rights and obligations on the part of the state and the custodial parent. Now it turns out at least one Ohio father agrees and has filed suit to make his point. Read more...

Breaking News! C-560 Goes Down to Defeat
May 29, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Once again, the Canadian House of Commons has defeated a shared parenting bill, this time by a vote of 80 Ayes and 174 Nays. Maurice Vellacott’s bill, C-560, would have established a presumption of equal parenting in cases in which both parents were fit to care for their children. Read more...

Daughter - Surrogate for Mom - Keeps Step-Dad’s Child
May 28, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
In case you’re wondering about the zeitgeist when it comes to parents, children, parenting and the like, this story offers a few insights (Daily Mail, 5/26/14). Back about three years ago, Judith Roberts decided she wanted a sibling for her daughter, the youngest of four. So she and her husband tried for a baby and succeeded in conceiving, but Roberts miscarried at 21 weeks. Read more...


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