Shared Parenting Solves Child Support Delinquency

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August 27, 2014

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Shared Parenting Solves Child Support Delinquency
By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, National Parents Organization

Twenty-one years ago this month, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed August as National Child Support Enforcement Month but in doing so focused attention on the symptom of a greater problem — a family court system that discourages shared parenting and gender equality in instances of divorce or separation.

As an increasing amount of research on parental roles has emerged in recent years, it has become clear in hindsight that family courts should focus instead on what children benefit from most — equal time with both their parents, even in instances of divorce or separation. By doing so, they would resolve not only delinquencies associated with “child support” in the financial sense, but also problems tied to gender inequality and, most importantly, the court’s continued practice of depriving children from the countless benefits associated with constant love and caring from both their parents.

Still, our family courts operate relying on precedent set in the 50s and look past research that shows clearly that shared parenting benefits the entire modern family. In the latest example, for instance, the American Psychological Association published a University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center paper by Richard Warshak earlier this year, titled “Social Science and Parenting Plans for Young Children: A Consensus Report,” that concluded “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.” The paper was endorsed by an international group of 110 top experts in early child development. Read more...

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Matthew Hindes Case: Judge Margaret Noe Gives Temporary Custody to Abusive Mom
August 25, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Judge Margaret Noe still doesn’t know federal law when it comes to deployed U.S. servicemen. Or, she may know the law but just doesn’t care. If the latter is the case, it looks like she’s relying on anti-father bias to guide her decisions in the Matthew Hindes case, the latest of which appears here (Business Insider, 8/20/14). Read more...

Texas Child Protective Services: The Continuing Fiasco
August 25, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The continuing fiasco that is the State of Texas’ attempt to manage its system of child protection including foster care continues to amaze. It’s hard to imagine how the situation could be worse (unless we remember the trials and tribulations of Arizona’s CPS), but the Lone Star State seems equal to the task. Hey, we’re a can-do sort of state. This quite fine article brings us up to date (Dallas Morning News, 8//14). Read more...

Fraser Institute: Canada’s Child Support Guidelines Overpay Custodial Parents, Not Based on Evidence
August 24, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
It’s always nice to see academia finally catching up with this blog. Admittedly, it doesn’t happen often, but in this case it has (Marketwired, 8/22/14). The link is to a press release for this report by Canada’s Fraser Institute that’s gotten around to analyzing that country’s child support laws and, precisely as the National Parents Organization did last year, found them discriminatory and at odds with economic reality (Fraser Institute, 8/14). Here’s the NPO post by the excellent Lucian Khodeir who’s likely forgotten more about Canadian child support laws than the Fraser Institute knows (NPO, 3/21/13). Read more...

Woman Steven Carter Didn’t Father Angry at Him for not Being Part of her Life
August 22, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The case of Steven Carter I wrote about yesterday just got stranger. Carter’s the British man who’s paid out some £31,000 in child support for a child who isn’t his. Genetic testing revealed the woman, now 22 years old, has a different biological dad. The British Child Support Agency promised Carter twice that, if he were proven not to be the father, then he’d be reimbursed for what he paid in support. But now the CSA has reneged on its written promise. Some of us harbor the quaint notion that a written promise to pay is a contract, but apparently the CSA disagrees. I guess we’ll see. Read more...

No Refund for British Man Who Paid £31,000 for a Child Who’s not His
August 21, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
A British man, Stephen Carter, is furious after paying some £31,000 in child support payments for a girl fathered by another man. He’s not only angry at the mother for duping him, but, as this article shows, at the Child Support Agency that assured him he’d be repaid for the falsely withheld sums, only to renege on the deal (Mirror, 8/19/14). Read more...

Nebraska Senator Brad Ashford: Backing Equal Parenting?
August 20, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The Nebraska Unicameral legislature hasn’t been in session in many months, but that doesn’t mean the drive for equal parenting in the state has stalled. No, pro-equal parenting forces are still on the move and it looks like some of the more recalcitrant office-holders may be showing signs of seeing the light. Senator Brad Ashford, who was Chairman of the Judiciary Committee last session, took a lot of heat for failing to move an equal parenting bill to the floor of the Unicameral for a vote. That occurred despite the fact that the wording of the bill had been passed on by pro-dad activists and by those in the domestic violence community. Read more...

Lawyer Disbarred, Sheriff’s Deputies to Prison in Child Custody Scam
August 13, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The lengths to which people go to gain an unfair advantage in child custody cases long ago ceased to amaze me. Murder, abduction, perjury, parental alienation, payments of hundreds of thousands of dollars to mental health professionals hired for the sole purpose of training the parent to be evaluated by another MHP, hiring hit men, you name it, someone’s done it just to make sure the other parent doesn’t get to see the child. Read more...


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