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Gender Bias in Child Support Jailing, Bar Associations, and Parental Alienation

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May 13, 2015

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OCSE Commissioner to Report Sexism Concerns to Massachusetts Child Support Agency
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
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Two years ago, the National Parents Organization’s Ned Holstein reported the shocking news that, in Massachusetts, non-custodial fathers who are behind on their child support payments are eight times as likely to be sent to jail as non-custodial mothers in arrears. That information came to NPO courtesy of the yeoman work of Terry Brennan who dogged the sheriff’s departments of all Bay State counties for their data on child support enforcement. The results were astonishing: between 95% and 98.5% of those incarcerated in every county were fathers.

U.S. Census Bureau figures on child support payment demonstrate that mothers with child support arrears are incarcerated at approximately one-eighth of the rate that would be justified by their numbers if fathers and mothers in arrears were treated equally. Mothers in arrears are incarcerated at lower rates even though they have higher rates of incomplete payment, pay a smaller percentage of their child support order, and have larger arrears than fathers. In the absence of other explanations, these data suggest that gender bias against fathers plays a large role in family court-ordered incarcerations. Read more...


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Supreme Court Anti-trust Decision May Impact Family Courts
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
For years now, state bar associations have lobbied legislatures on all manner of bills. Among those have been initiatives and proposed legislation on shared parenting. In the case of mandatory bar associations (those that an attorney is required to join if they wish to practice law in their state), that lobbying is clearly illegal according to multiple decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court. Readers of the NPO blog are well aware of this.

A new decision by the nation’s highest court may also impact not only bar associations, but the multitude of professionals whose opinions impact child custody decisions. This National Law Journal article (May 11, 2015) explains. Read more...


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Help Promote Amy Baker’s Novel About Parental Alienation
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
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Amy J. L. Baker, PhD
Dr. Amy Baker has long been one of the most powerful voices advancing awareness of parental alienation. She’s been instrumental in having evidence of PA admitted under the strict Daubert standard in courts across the country. She’s testified in countless cases and written extensively on the topic.

Now she’s written a novel that she hopes will help to further raise awareness of parental alienation. Here’s what she says about it and how you can help promote her book: 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.

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Landers’ Baseless Attack on Shared Parenting and Child Support Reform, Part 2
May 11, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
(This continues yesterday’s post.)

As to his brief that mothers shouldn’t have to produce evidence of their claims of abuse, what can I say? Does Landers really want to simply jettison that bedrock principle of due process of law? Does he seriously believe that we should allow naked allegations of abuse to control custody decisions? Is he aware that, as many researchers have found, “false allegations of abuse are prevalent in child custody disputes, as spouses in high-conflict divorces routinely make false or exaggerated allegations in an attempt to gain a tactical advantage?” (Quoting Edward Kruk in “The Equal Parenting Presumption) Read more...


Jeff Landers’ Threadbare Argument Against Shared Parenting, Reasonable Child Support Reform, Part I
May 10, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
The most recent erroneous and illogical attack on shared parenting appears here (Forbes, 5/7/15). It comes to us courtesy of Jeff Landers who is something called a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. His piece is objectively wrong in almost every detail. But his claims aren’t just wrong; they’re also sexist and opposed to children’s welfare. Other than that, it’s a fabulous article. Read more...

Adam Swift Again: ‘Equality’ at the Expense of Children, Science and Law
May 8, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Picking up from yesterday’s post, we’re back with two Australian philosophers who’ve decided that the best way to bring about social equality (and presumably financial equality) is to hamstring good parents, making them more like bad parents (ABC, 5/1/15). Really. To briefly recap, Adam Swift and Harry Brighouse recognize that children from healthy, functional and usually intact families strongly tend to do better than those from broken, dysfunctional families. That contributes to inequality. So, instead of considering positive alternatives for kids in less than ideal families, their approach is to make good families worse. Read more...

Aussie Philosophers Call for Worse Parenting to Combat Inequality
May 7, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Kurt Vonnegut always had a certain genius for seeing humanity accurately, harshly and yet with a certain charm and humor borne, I think, of forgiveness. Whatever the reason, Vonnegut’s books and stories always had a sting to them. Read more...

Words of a Foster Mother
May 6, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
I write a fair amount about child protective agencies and foster care. My general take on foster care is that it should be a last resort for kids whose parents are truly dysfunctional, unfit to care for them and possibly dangerous to them. I favor reuniting children with their biological parents if at all possible. I report on studies showing that foster care is more dangerous for kids on average than parental care even when parents are somewhat abusive. Read more...
 

 
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