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F & F on CNN; Success--30% of MA Legislators to Co-Sponsor Shared Parenting Legislation
February 8, 2011
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F & F on CNN re: Halle Berry, Padma Lakshmi Custody Battles (Video Available)

Glenn SacksFathers and Families Executive Director Glenn Sacks (pictured) appeared on CNN’s The Joy Behar Show on Tuesday, February 1. The subject was the Halle Berry v. Gabriel Aubry and the Padma Lakshmi v. Adam Dell child custody battles.

To watch the two segments, click here.

In Berry v. Aubry, Berry has claimed the role of protective mother, releasing a statement at the end of January saying she has “serious concerns” for the well-being of her 2-year-old daughter Nahla “while in the care of her father for any extended period of time.” Berry adds that she is prepared “to take all necessary steps to protect her.” Last summer Berry told Vogue that Aubry was an “amazing father,” but she’s apparently changed her mind.

Aubry disputes the accusations, saying that “Halle’s continuing allegations in the press are untrue and irresponsible” and that he’s “a caring father” who “fully believes that a consistent and balanced living situation and two loving parents are crucial for their child even if Ms. Berry feels otherwise.”

In Lakshmi v. Dell, the rather underwhelming case against Adam Dell is laid out by Slate.com in The Pathetic Case of Padma’s Ex-Boyfriend (2/1/11). Fathers and Families Board member Robert Franklin, Esq. discusses the Slate piece here.

Dell’s lawyer recently told the New York Post that his client just “wants to have an active and substantial role in the upbringing of his daughter with Padma Lakshmi. Unfortunately, Ms. Lakshmi has severely limited his time with their daughter and has refused to negotiate a reasonable co-parenting agreement. Mr. Dell has tried his best to avoid going to court, but Ms. Lakshmi has given him no other choice at this time.”


ABC: 'Women Take Biggest Hit in Divorce, Say Experts'

Regarding Women Take Biggest Hit in Divorce, Say Experts (ABC News, 2/4/11), Fathers and Families Board Member Robert Franklin, Esq. writes:
...writer Susan Donaldson James quotes some people who may be experts, not one ever says or even suggests that women “take the biggest hit” from divorce.

Of course we’re all aware that divorce can be traumatic.  Few people who’ve gone through one say otherwise, but from reading the ABC piece you’d think that only women suffer.  That’s because the writer neglected to interview any men.  As is so often the case in pieces like this, men are literally voiceless.  And that’s curious because essentially everything the women say could have been said by a man, if of course, anyone cared to ask.

Indeed, the opening sentences read "Divorce nearly crushed Kathleen Anderson.  She lost her three children in a custody battle and her finances were devastated by child support."
In short, she experienced what most fathers do--the loss of their children and a hefty support obligation...[yet] she found no men to ask about their experiences of divorce.
We suggest you comment on the story on the ABC website--to do so, please click here. Read Robert's full piece here.

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Legislative Update
Success! 30% of MA Legislators Sign on as Co-Sponsors of Shared Parenting Legislation

Your Citizen Lobbyist efforts of the past several weeks have paid off, as nearly 30% of all Massachusetts legislators have signed on as co-sponsors of Shared Parenting legislation. We’re building a strong Citizen Lobbyist Program in Massachusetts and we want you to be a part of it–sign up here.

HD03194, lead sponsored by Representative John Scibak, supports children and strengthens families by creating a rebuttable presumption of shared parenting in divorce cases, so that children can sustain their loving relationships with both parents. To learn more about the bill, visit our Massachusetts Shared Parenting campaign page here.

Fathers and Families gathered thousands of signatures to place shared parenting on the 2004 Massachusetts ballot and led a successful campaign for its passage, winning 86% of the vote. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick told the Legislature that if they pass our shared parenting bill, he will sign it, and F & F  met with Patrick.

Through our efforts and the efforts of our allies, shared parenting was the most-requested plank in the Platform of the Massachusetts Democratic Party and the most popular issue on the Governor’s website in 2009.  Shared parenting was endorsed in principle by the editorial board of the Boston Globe in 2008.

This is the year we plan to push Shared Parenting over the top–to join our efforts, sign up here.

To contribute financially to support Fathers and Families’ work on HD03194 and Shared Parenting, please click here.

Together with you in the love of our children,

Ned Holstein, M.D., M.S.
Founder, Chairman of the Board

Glenn Sacks, MA
Executive Director

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