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January 29, 2016

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.
Nebraska Court Orders Disclosure of Judicial Training Materials
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
For many years, the social science on children’s well-being as it relates to parenting arrangements post-divorce has been building up. By now it is clear that children do better with two parents involved in their lives. But judicial action on child custody and parenting time has changed little over the years, leaving millions of children with little or no contact with their fathers following divorce. Indeed, nationwide data indicate that about one-third of children of divorce have no contact with their father. In Nebraska, a 2013 survey of child custody cases revealed that children are granted just 17% of parenting time with their non-custodial parents, typically their father.

This extreme disconnect between what social science demonstrates is unquestionably in children’s best interest and what judges order has led many to wonder what family court judges are being taught about the matter. Soon, the people of Nebraska will know the answer to that vital question.

Nebraska Judge Susan Strong has ruled that the state’s judiciary must make public the materials used to train its judges in child custody and parenting time cases. Read more...

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Missouri NPO Affiliate Files Shared Parenting Bills in House and Senate
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
The National Parents Organization’s Missouri affiliate has submitted identical shared parenting bills in the state’s House and Senate. NPO member Linda Reutzel reports that she’s satisfied with the bills and has high hopes for passage. Here’s House Bill 2055.

The bills would do four things. First, and most importantly, the bills require family courts to presume that equal parenting (or as close to equal as possible) is in children’s best interests. The standard parenting time order would become alternating weeks for each parent unless the parents submit an alternative plan. Read more...

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Domestic Violence Down Sharply in Canada
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
NPO’s good friend and one of the best authorities on shared parenting and family conflict, Dr. Edward Kruk of the University of British Columbia reports that Canada’s statistical agency, StatsCanada has just published its data on domestic violence from the General Social Survey of 2014. And the results are excellent.
“Results from the 2014 General Social Survey (GSS) on victimization show that of the 19.2 million Canadians in the provinces who had a current or former spouse or common law partner, about 4% (760,000 individuals) reported having been physically and/or sexually abused by their partner during the preceding five years. This was significantly fewer than what was reported a decade earlier in 2004 (7%).”
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Vladek Filler Wins Again!
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
As readers of the NPO blog know, Vladek Filler has been embroiled in a legal battle that is now nine years long. It began with his divorce and child custody case in which his wife leveled charges of rape and sexual battery against him in an effort to gain custody of their children. The ploy failed. Filler was given primary custody by the family court that found his ex’s allegations to be untrue and made for the purpose of gaining an advantage in the custody litigation.

Undeterred by that finding by the family court, Assistant District Attorney Mary Kellett and ADA Paul Cavanaugh proceeded with criminal charges against Filler who eventually prevailed on those as well, with the exception of one misdemeanor charge. In doing so, Kellett violated numerous rules regarding discovery in criminal cases and still other articles of prosecutorial ethics. Filler complained to the state bar association and Kellett became the first ADA in the history of the state to be sanctioned for prosecutorial misconduct. Read more...

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