Ohio Child Support, California Legislation, Utah Media Hits and UMass Tuition Show Fruits of Activism

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May 20, 2015

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Ohio NPO Volunteers: Get Ready for Battle
By Don Hubin, Chair, Executive Committee, National Parents Organization of Ohio
Don Hubin
Don Hubin
There’s a storm forming on the Ohio horizon. Two pieces of legislation will be introduced soon that directly affect child support. You will need to help us kill the bad parts of these bills. Both will be recycled versions of earlier bills that National Parents Organization helped kill in previous years. We were kindly notified of these bills by the Ohio Child Support Directors Association because they are aware of our record of activism.

The first bill will almost certainly be passed in some form, because federal law requires parts of it. So we must unite to eliminate other parts of the bill that are not mandated. It would shorten the time period for the alleged father to object to an administrative determination of paternity from 30 days to 14 days. Worse, it would start the clock with the issuance of the order, not the receipt of it, or even the date of mailing.

There have been cases in which an order of paternity was issued, the clerk didn’t get around to mailing it for several days, the post office was slowed down by Christmas mail, and “dad” happened to be away for a few days when it did arrive. If this bill would pass, even if a DNA test would show that “dad” is not the real dad, he would be too late to contest the order by the time he even saw it for the first time, and would be on the hook for child support for at least 18 years. Read more...


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California Legislative Report
The California chapter of National Parents Organization has your back. It has been following activity in the California Legislature relative to family law, and it has developed the following comments and recommendations concerning various bills that could affect you.

If you are interested in helping out in this effort, send a brief email to [email protected]

AB 225 (Melendez) — Gun violence restraining orders: offenses.
Summary:
This bill would change the misdemeanor violation for filing a false gun violence restraining order to a charge of felony perjury.
Recommendation:
Support.
Location: Assembly Public Safety Committee.
Reasoning: The creation of the “gun violence restraining order” last year opened a new opportunity for unscrupulous actors to use false accusations to influence custody decisions. While it is unlikely that any/many of these false accusations will ever be charged with perjury, enhancing the penalty for this kind of harassment should be supported as a positive step.Read more...


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Utah Shared Parenting Law Goes Into Effect: Big Media Hit
By Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Acting Executive Director, National Parents Organization
On May 6, we reported on a new custody law in Utah that would give most “non-custodial” parents a minimum of 145 days of parenting time — about 40%. That law has now gone into effect. This law was passed because of the hard work and determination of the Utah chapter of National Parents Organization, led by Janet Robins, David Daniels and Dan Deuel.

National Parents Organization’s Public Relations and Education firm, Proventus Consulting, went to work to publicize the new law. The interest of the Utah media has been impressive. As of press time, the following media have run stories on the new law: Read more...

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Activism Changes Rules for In-State Tuition at UMass School of Medicine
By Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Acting Executive Director, National Parents Organization
Thanks to the dogged work of National Parents Organization’s Peter Hill, Massachusetts divorced and separated dads have come a little step closer to being considered actual parents. Formerly, if mom moved out of state with Heather, when she graduated college and applied to the UMass School of Medicine, she would not qualify for in-state tuition.

Now, thanks to Peter, if dad has remained in-state, Heather qualifies for in-state tuition.

Kudos to Peter.

Here is the email Peter received from the Director of Admissions in response to his complaint: Read more...


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Note from the Editor
We mistakenly attributed words to Christian Paasch in our May 7th newsletter and wanted to provide the actual text Christian wrote. Read corrected op-ed...

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Much Right, Much Wrong in WaPo Article on Men and Women, Work and Families
May 18, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Amazingly, the American news media still struggle with the most basic concepts about fathers, children, families and work/family balance. For how long do so many of us have to know basic facts before the mainstream media figure them out too? This article is far from bad; it gets a lot right (Washington Post, 5/7/15). But writer Chad Prevost can’t seem to set aside questionable ideas that often came to him via the very popular culture he criticizes. Read more...

Don’t Forget. The Child Support System Most Harms the Poor
May 17, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
I’ve written a lot about how child custody laws disproportionately punish the poor, mainly fathers. And I’m not going to beat that horse again here. But this fine article goes into the subject in more depth and detail than I ever have, so it merits our attention (Quartz, 5/5/15). The author, Wendy Paris, points out some ways in which divorce and child custody systems adversely impact the poor I hadn’t thought about. Those like Jeff Landers, about whose utterly uninformed views I wrote here and here, should read Paris’ article and understand that when they argue for maintaining the status quo, they’re arguing for greater abuse of our most vulnerable parents and their kids. Read more...

The Horror! Paternity Fraud Apologists Bemoan Inexpensive DNA Testing in the U.K.
May 15, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
The U.K.’s largest pharmacy company, Boots UK, Ltd. has begun marketing a DNA testing kit over the counter. It costs £30 and contains sterile swabs, sterile envelopes for the swabs and instructions for gathering the samples. Processing costs an additional £130, more if the person wants results within 24 hours. Read more...

Nick Loeb Sues to Bring Frozen Embryos to Term
May 14, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Since one of the people involved in this case is a television actress, it’s occupied the news media a fair amount (New York Times, 4/29/15). And the case does raise some issues regarding parental rights and obligations that touch the heart of our laws and customs. Read more...

Judith Shulevitz in Search of Something to Worry About
May 13, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Judith Shulevitz has a way of writing things that don’t need to be written. Here’s my take on one she wrote back in December of 2012. There she fretted about a non-problem — women giving birth after their 40th birthday — which she “solved” with a non-solution — the government paying people to have children earlier in life. As I pointed out then, about 2.6% of births are to mothers over 40, the vast majority of which produce children with none of the physical and mental problems that occur more frequently in children with mothers of that age. The sensible solution would be to educate women in ways that encourage them to bear children earlier in life. But, quixotically, Shulevitz opted for tax incentives for earlier childbearing. But because the overwhelming majority of women having children over 40 are affluent, tax incentives would benefit women who don’t need them while not affecting the behavior of the ones who do, i.e. the less well-to-do women who already give birth in their 20s. Read more...
 

 
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