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February 18, 2015

NPO Logo National Parents Organization improves the lives of children and strengthens society by protecting every child's right to the love and care of both parents after separation or divorce. We seek better lives for children through family court reform that establishes equal rights and responsibilities for fathers and mothers.
National Parents Organization’s Tso Instrumental in Parents Bill of Rights Passing CO Senate
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization


Gilbert Tso
Gilbert Tso, Chair, Colorado
Executive Committee
National Parents Organization continues to make strides in the State of Colorado. Our Gilbert Tso once again testified before the Senate Education Committee in support of Senate Bill 15-077, also known as the Parents Bill of Rights. The bill was approved by the committee by a 5-4 party-line vote and has now passed the full Senate 18-16.

Here’s how Tso describes the bill:
This bill was introduced and first read in the Senate Education Committee; its sponsors in both the Colorado Senate and House sought to remedy the growing intrusions by state agencies and schools into parents' fundamental right to raise their children according to their beliefs and principles, to opt-out of certain state-directed education, mental health-care and medical practices involving their children.

Establishing a Parent’s Bill of Rights in Colorado or any state is significant. Why? A Parent’s Bill of Rights in conjunction with the relevant articles and amendments existing in the Colorado State Constitution and the Constitution of the United States of America, places the burden of proof squarely on the state to show a legitimate cause before the state may intervene in a custody dispute and substantively reduce or revoke a parent’s right to equal shared custody when equality, as in 50/50 shared parenting, is the point of contention.Read more...
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Alimony Reform Making Headway Across the Country
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Alimony reform continues to make headway across the country. In Massachusetts, alimony became a reality due in large part to the tireless work of Steve Hitner, with whom the National Parents Organization has recently teamed up to push for further family law reform. Now South Carolina and Florida seem on the brink of following suit.

In Florida, a bill has been written with the approval of parties usually opposed to each other in the effort to reform alimony law. One of those interested parties called the bill “the most progressive alimony reform bill in the nation.” The bill would end permanent alimony, provide guidelines judges would be required to use, crack down on recipients who cohabitate and prohibit increases to a payers’ income from increasing the amount of alimony paid. Read more about it here (Tampa Bay Times, 2/14/15). Read more...

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Texas: Reform of Child Protective Agency Underway
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

In Texas, efforts to improve child protection may be bearing first fruit. In the past, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has been plagued by underfunding, caseloads over twice the industry standard and a whopping 26% annual turnover rate for caseworkers. That’s resulted in cases of children known to be at risk falling through agency cracks while less urgent ones receive caseworkers’ attention. Agency rules, regulations and policies are so cumbersome, and paperwork so time-consuming that a report last year revealed caseworkers spend only about 26% of their time on the job with families in need. Here’s what My Fox Austin reports: Read more...

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This is an exciting time to follow in the footsteps of outgoing Treasurer Dan Wyand. Under his leadership, National Parents Organization has had a successful partial review and has budgeted for an outside audit for 2015. The Treasurer reports directly to the Chair of the Board of the Directors and participates in most meetings of the Board of Directors. The Treasurer is an officer of the corporation and the chief financial officer.

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Court: Taking Fit, Active Father from His Child is in ‘Child’s Best Interests’
February 18, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Picking up the case of In Re the Paternity of A.R.R. from Monday, recall that the U.S. Supreme Court and the Wisconsin Court of Appeals require an unmarried father to have formed an extensive relationship with his child before the law affords him parental rights. (But that rule only applies if he’s the one seeking to benefit from his paternity by gaining parental rights. If it’s the mother seeking child support or the state seeking reimbursement of welfare, a completely different set of rules come into play. Read more...

Wisconsin: Court Denies Rights to Father with Substantial Relationship with Child.
February 16, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
The many curious, complicated and sometimes downright crazy ways courts find to keep fathers out of children’s lives are amazing to behold. This is yet another, and it bears remembering (Wisconsin Court of Appeals, 1/21/15). Here’s an article on the ruling (State Bar of Wisconsin, 1/23/15). Read more...

The Tangled Web: Another Strange Outcome in a Paternity Fraud Case
February 15, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
This paternity fraud case brings up an issue that’s new to me (Nebraska Supreme Court, 2/13/15).

For years, the State of Nebraska did what a lot of states did when presented with a case of paternity fraud. Often, when a couple with children divorced, the husband didn’t contest paternity of the kids. He assumed they were his and went about the depressing business of paying to support children he loved but couldn’t see very often. Read more...


Glosswitch: Fatherhood Romanticized
February 13, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
But Glosswitch isn’t finished — not by a long shot. Not content with ignorance about her topic, well-known feminist history and basic biology, unsatisfied by frank misandry and outright self-contradiction, she soldiers on. Read more...

Glosswitch 2
February 12, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Yesterday it took me something over 1,200 words to describe just the most obvious ways in which Glosswitch’s first paragraph was factually wrong, intellectually dishonest and anti-dad. The first paragraph! That’s large load of error, ignorance and illogic packed into a small space. Read more...

 

 
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