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Florida National Parents Organization Backs Shared Parenting, Alimony Reform
Detroit Man Pays to Support Son Dead 24 Years
CPS: Meitivs ‘Responsible’ for ‘Unsubstantiated’ ‘Child Neglect’

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March 4, 2015

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Florida National Parents Organization Backs Shared Parenting,
Alimony Reform

By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Troy Matson
Troy Matson, Member, Florida
Executive Committee
Congratulations to the National Parents Organization’s Troy Matson. His op-ed here strikes a blow not only in favor of shared parenting in his home state of Florida, but promotes SB 1248 that’s backed by NPO (Florida Times-Union, 2/27/15).

As followers of the National Parents Organization know, last year we graded every state’s laws regarding shared parenting. Each state received a grade of A — F reflecting the extent to which its laws encourage parents to equally share custody post-divorce. The results were not good, as Matson details in his fine editorial. Florida, that received a grade of C, did better than most.

Meanwhile, SB 1248 seeks reform of alimony laws in the state. Two years ago, the Sunshine State’s legislature passed significant alimony reform only to see the bill vetoed by Governor Rick Scott. So pro-reform forces are back this year with a bill they hope to see enacted into law. Matson, of course, has been instrumental in lobbying for its passage. Read more...


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Detroit Man Pays to Support Son Dead 24 Years
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
We’ve all heard about Detroit’s Carnell Alexander who’s been ordered to pay $30,000 in child support for a child everyone acknowledges isn’t his. Now we have Detroit native Lional Campbell who’s being forced to pay support for his son Michael who died 24 years ago at the age of three.

If that’s not surprising enough, there’s the fact that Campbell has demanded three separate audits of what he supposedly owes and each audit came up with a drastically different figure. The first figure was about $43,000, the second came in at a little under $20,000 and the latest is about $6,400. Read more...

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CPS: Meitivs ‘Responsible’ for ‘Unsubstantiated’ ‘Child Neglect’
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Alexander and Danielle Meitiv’s case has been closed by Montgomery County, Maryland Child Protective Services - for now. The Meitivs of course are the “Free Range” parents who allowed their two children, ages 10 and six to walk home from a park about a mile from their house. The kids were picked up by the police who alerted CPS. That was back on December 20th. Two months later, CPS issued its findings in the case.
The Maryland parents investigated for letting their young children walk home by themselves from a park were found responsible for “unsubstantiated” child neglect in a decision that has not fully resolved their clash with authorities over questions of parenting and children’s safety.
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De Facto Parent? Wyoming Court Says ‘No’
March 4, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
The concept of the “de facto” parent is creeping into the margins of American law. Its future of course is unclear as are its consequences for shared parenting. This article deals with a recent case out of Wyoming that educates readers about the concept (Justicia.com, 3/3/15). Read more...

Of Mothers, Fathers and Child Support
March 2, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
I’ve written a good bit about child support and often enough pointed out that the popular conception of the “deadbeat dad” is more of a misconception than anything. It’s common in the news media and popular culture to portray non-custodial fathers as uncaring about their children, and one of the ways to promote that view is to emphasize non-payment of child support. Read more...

Australian High Court Approves Paternity Fraud, but With a Twist
March 1, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
This is not a new case. It was decided by the Australian High Court in 2006, but more recent revelations have made it even more outrageous than it was when it was first decided.

The case is one of paternity fraud. It involved Liam Magill and his wife, Meredith. They were married in 1988, separated in 1992 and were divorced in 1998. Between 1988 and 1992, Meredith Magill gave birth to three children all of whom Liam assumed to be his and whom he supported. Read more...


British Judge to Ex-Wife of Horse Doctor: ‘Get a Job’
February 27, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Hard on the heels of Anne Dias-Griffin demanding that her ex pay her $1 million per month in either spousal support or child support depending on when you ask her, comes this article (Daily Mail, 2/23/15). American judges could learn a thing or two from the two British judges who ruled in the case. Specifically, they could memorize the words “Get a job.” Read more...

What Griffin/Dias-Griffin Divorce Teaches about Child Support
February 26, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Back last summer, hedge fund manager Ken Griffin filed for divorce from his wife, Anne Dias-Griffin, who is herself the founder of Aragon Global Management (Business Insider, 7/24/14). Here’s what Dias-Griffin said through her attorney at the time:
Anne's highest priority remains her family, especially the well-being of her children. She is hopeful that this personal matter can be resolved privately and in the best interests of her children.
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