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July 15, 2015

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National Parents Organization on a Roll!
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Family Reading Newsletter
July has been good to National Parents Organization so far. Despite many state legislatures no longer being in session, NPO continues to fight the good fight for shared parenting and family court reform in the media. Here’s a list of our media placements so far.

Child custody reforms push for equal time with both parents
Aurora Advertiser - July 02, 2015
...their children. According to a press release from National Parents Organization (which advocates for shared parenting in divorce situations),

Child custody reforms push for equal time with both parents
Plaquemine Post South - July 02, 2015
...their children. According to a press release from National Parents Organization (which advocates for shared parenting in divorce situations),

Child custody reforms push for equal time with both parents
McDonough Voice - July 02, 2015
...their children. According to a press release from National Parents Organization (which advocates for shared parenting in divorce situations),

Child custody reforms push for equal time with both parents
Crookston Times - July 02, 2015
...their children. According to a press release from National Parents Organization (which advocates for shared parenting in divorce situations),

Child custody reforms push for equal time with both parents
Wicked Local Hanover - July 02, 2015
...their children. According to a press release from National Parents Organization (which advocates for shared parenting in divorce situations),

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Sign the Petition!
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
The movement afoot in New Jersey to force family court judges to recognize and punish Parental Alienation has a petition at Change.org that needs your signature. Parental alienation is widely recognized by mental health professionals as child abuse because of its potential to do lasting emotional damage to children. Not only that, it damages the emotional well-being of the targeted parent and makes a mockery of family court parenting orders. As long as family courts allow alienating parents to separate kids from targeted parents, the scourge of PA will continue. By contrast, family courts that are knowledgeable about and responsive to acts of parental alienation can put a stop to it.

Help stop PA in New Jersey by signing this petition now.

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South Carolina Legislature Votes to Keep Dads out of Jail and in Work
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
The trend away from jailing non-custodial parents who can’t pay their child support continued with the vote of the South Carolina legislature to maintain funds for helping dads get job training and employment. Amazingly, Governor Nikki Haley vetoed the sum, but lawmakers were not to be denied. They overturned the veto and reinstated the funds. Keeping fathers employed and out of jail saves the state millions of dollars every year and helps maintain father-child relationships as well as dads’ sense of self-worth. Haley’s veto was penny wise and pound foolish as well as a slap at fathers, particularly those struggling financially. Read more...


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It’s Back to Court for Ari Schochet
July 13, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
The case of Ari Schochet, the man whom the American Bar Association Journal called the “poster child for alimony reform” is headed to court again today. New Jersey judge Ronni Jo Siegal informed Schochet this past Friday that he has a hearing in her court today. We’ll see what happens. Read more...

Szafranski, Part Two: A Court Ruling in Search of Law to Support It
July 12, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
This post continues from Friday’s.


The Illinois Court of Appeals that ruled that Jacob Szafranski has no say in how the embryos created by him and Karla Dunston are used or disposed of engaged in some remarkable legal legerdemain to do so. As I wrote last time, Dunston refused to use semen from an anonymous donor because the prospect made her “nervous.” Instead she called Szafranski at work where he agreed to donate sperm to fertilize her eggs. Read more...

Illinois Man: Don’t Decide My Reproductive Rights for Me
July 10, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
An Illinois Court of Appeals has ordered that an IVF sperm donor may not contest the use or disposition of embryos resulting from his donation by the egg donor. According to this article, Jacob Szafranski calls the decision “forced procreation.” (International Business Times, 6/13/15). Read more...

Ontario Foster Care System Overmedicates, Underdiagnoses Kids
July 9, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Before you read this article and the following blog post, you might want to go back to Sunday’s post about Molly McGrath Tierney’s excellent TEDx talk in Baltimore last year (Toronto Star, 12/12/14). Her talk is just 11 minutes long, but she pretty much demolishes the system of foster care that we foist on so many children. Tierney’s a veteran of the child welfare system and a successful manager in Baltimore. But she’s clear that the system harms kids and is driven by money. The federal government pays states for each kid taken into care where they are all too often less well off than they were with their parents. Studies show that to be the case and when we ask children their preferences, they say they want to go home to their parents. Read more...

Nebraska Lawsuit Seeks Judicial Training Materials
July 8, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Nebraska’s family court judges are, for the time being at least, hiding records of their training as it relates to child custody and parenting time. Shared parenting advocate Dr. Les Veskrna has filed suit against the State Court Administrator, Corey Steel, seeking documents reflecting judicial training on those issues. Veskrna’s suit claims that the Nebraska Public Records Act and the state’s Constitution require that those records be made available to the public. Read more...
 

 
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