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June 21, 2011

The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine ran a feature interview Fighting dad (6/18/11) with Fathers and Families" Board Chairman and founder Ned Holstein, M.D., M.S. The piece discussed, among other topics, H02684, our Massachusetts shared parenting bill, which has been endorsed by nearly a third of the Massachusetts legislature. Holstein explained:

Women"s groups are also against [the bill], but they can"t turn out a crowd on this issue. The public understands this is good for children.

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July 18, 2011

"Fathers and Families has no position on same-sex marriage. But we do have a position on same-sex 'divorce.' Once a child has bonded with two adults as her parents, she is deeply and often permanently hurt by the sudden, court-ordered absence of one of her parents, regardless of the parents" sexual orientation..." Fathers and Families Board Chairman Ned Holstein, MD, MS criticizes the new Ohio Supreme Court's lesbian partner/child custody decision in his new column Kids with two parents need both, even in breakup (Columbus Dispatch, 7/18/11). We suggest you write a Letter to the Editor of the Columbus Dispatch, a 200,000 circulation newspaper in Ohio's capital, by writing to [email protected] We also suggest you comment on the piece by clicking here. In the piece, Holstein writes:

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled against Michele Hobbs, a lesbian "social mom,' in her desire to co-parent the child she helped raise from birth. She and biological mom Kelly Mullen agreed to raise a child together, sought out a sperm donor and shared the parenting from the birth of their now-five-year-old daughter, Lucy. The court"s ruling means that Lucy might never see the woman she calls "momma.' It is a mistake.

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July 31, 2011

"[Opponents are] concerned about the effects of parental acrimony on children. Agreed. But what could possibly produce more acrimony than a custody battle in which one parent is the victor and the other the vanquished? Shared parenting defuses acrimony by treating parents as equals." The Boston Globe Magazine ran a feature interview (pictured, right) with Fathers and Families" Board Chairman and founder Ned Holstein, M.D., M.S. on Father's Day. In the piece --- Fighting dad (6/18/11) --- Holstein spoke in support of our shared parenting bill H02684, which has been endorsed by nearly a third of the Massachusetts legislature. Opponents of the interests of children of divorce---the domestic violence group Jane Doe Inc., and a divorce attorney, Laura W. Gal---quickly fired back. Jane Doe's Executive Director Mary R. Lauby accuses Holstein and F & F of "wholesale misogyny" and writes:
A review of case outcomes in Massachusetts reveals that in cases where the divorce is contested and abuse is reported, fathers are likely to receive either sole or joint custody. In addition, abusive husbands are more likely to contest custody as a means of controlling or emotionally attacking their victims.

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August 18, 2011

Fathers and Families Board Chairman Ned Holstein, MD, MS was quoted in the Indianapolis Star concerning new child support enforcement policies. In the piece, Holstein explains that state laws on delinquent parents are counterproductive and unfairly punish poor parents. He says:

It turns poor fathers into fugitives who have to work in the underground economy and keep moving, and Mom doesn't get anything because of it. They'll go after a guy who is making minimum wage, trying his best but only making 80 percent of the payment.

To comment on the piece, click here. To write a Letter to the Editor of the Indianapolis Star, Indiana's largest newspaper, click here. In Those who owe child support get a break (Indianapolis Star, 8/18/11), reporter John Tuohy highlights the Eric Wilborn case, writing:

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September 13, 2011

holstein-necn The New England Cable Network did a piece on a new Northwestern University study about how fathers' biology allegedly changes after they become fathers. According to NECN:

An extensive study from Northwestern University claims that parenthood seems to diminish testosterone levels in men.

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September 29, 2011

Fathers and Families founder and Board Chairman Ned Holstein, MD, MS discussed the new Massachusetts alimony law on the Jeff Katz Show on AM WXKS 1200 in Boston this morning. To listen to the interview, click here. The bill, signed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick yesterday, will largely end the lifetime alimony burden that family courts have placed on many Massachusetts obligors. Dr. Holstein cautioned that the new law, while a big step forward, could still be undermined by the gender bias pervasive in family courts. He explained:

"Whatever people think is the right and fair solution [on alimony], it should be the same for men and for women."

Dr. Holstein criticized Patrick for his judicial selections, some of which he called "awful." He explained:

"One of his appointments was a woman whose law practice in Cambridge had been called the 'Women's Law Center' and he appointed her to be a family court judge. She had never represented a man because she didn't believe in it, and now she's adjudicating cases between men and women."

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October 8, 2011

Fathers and Families Board Chairman Ned Holstein, MD, MS discussed president Obama's new Domestic Violence Awareness Month proclamation on the Dr. Laura Show Friday. To listen to the audio, click here. Dr. Laura clearly enjoyed the interview, telling her listeners afterward "That was fabulous---I loved talking to him." To join the vigorous discussion of the issue on Dr. Laura's Facebook page, click here. Dr. Holstein explains that Obama"s new proclamation misstates several key facts on men, women, and domestic violence:

"Obama tells us that ‘One in four women and one in thirteen men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime." In reality, over 200 studies have found that women initiate at least as much violence against their male partners as vice versa. Obama"s 3.25 ratio is actually 1-1. And men comprise about a third of domestic violence injuries and deaths.'

During the half hour interview, Dr. Holstein noted that this isn't just a quibble over statistics. In a recent release he asserted:

"The myth that ‘only men do it" has crept into family courts, leading judges to put children into the custody of dangerous mothers whose violence is ignored because of the pervasive myth that women do not injure or kill.'

The controversial Dr. Laura has been a longtime supporter of family court reform. For example, in 2004 in the wake of the California Supreme Court's move-away decision in In re Marriage of LaMusga, Dr. Laura helped our campaign to defeat legislation sponsored by the president of the California Senate which would have abrogated LaMusga and given custodial parents the right to arbitrarily move their children whenever they wanted, wherever they wanted. To learn more about LaMusga, see our column Is a Pool More Important than a Dad? (San Francisco Chronicle, 5/4/04).

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November 21, 2007

Background: We've done several protests against ads which portray men and fathers as clowns--see Campaign Against Anti-Father Verizon Commercial, Campaign Against Anti-Male Advertising, Campaign Against Detroit News ‘Get Her a Gift or She"ll Give You a Black Eye" Ad and Portable On Demand Storage Decides to Remove Anti-Male Ad in Face of Protests. To learn more about the problems with the way men are portrayed in advertising, click here. Brandweek editor Todd Wasserman discusses the problem of 'Dad as Idiot' advertising in his recent column The Surviving Dads Of Ads (Brandweek Magazine, 11/12/07).

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February 25, 2009

1784I discussed teen singer Chris Brown"s reported assault of singer Rihanna on Rover's Morning Glory radio show in Cleveland, Memphis and other cities this morning. Rover is very tuned in to men's and fathers' issues, while his female co-host Duji is...less so. Rover was very interested in what happens to men who are accused of domestic violence, particularly in relation to divorce/custody. If this is something you have experienced, I suggest you write to him by clicking here. Teen singer Chris Brown"s reported assault of singer Rihanna is being widely depicted as an opportunity for society to learn about domestic violence, particularly teen dating violence. However, much of what the media and misguided women"s advocates are using the incident to teach is faulty. The view that males almost exclusively perpetrate domestic violence, and only females are victims is a severe distortion. For example, the most recent large-scale study of domestic violence was published in the American Journal of Public Health in 2007.

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hencklogoGlenn discussed AB 2416 on Outside the Box with Mitch Henck on News/Talk AM 1310 WIBA in Madison, WI on April 20. To listen, click here---the interview begins at 24:30. Glenn also discussed AB 2416 on Madison the Black Eagle on AM 1450 in Washington DC and XM Radio 169 The Power on April 21. joe-madisonAt Fathers & Families we receive many letters from divorced or separated military servicemembers with painful but preventable family law problems. California AB 2416 will help protect the loving bonds that mothers and fathers who serve share with their children. Fathers & Families has worked closely with Assemblyman Paul Cook, the American Retirees Association, and others on AB 2416, and earlier this month thousands of you responded to our Action Alert in support of the bill. We are pleased to announce that this week the bill passed the Assembly by unanimous consent. The bill will now go to the Senate. To learn more about the bill and to read Fathers & Families' official support letter, see our AB 2416 Campaign page here.

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kplcFathers & Families Executive Director Glenn Sacks was interviewed by NBC Louisiana affiliate KPLC on the subject of male victims of domestic violence on June 8. To watch the report, click here. To read KPLC's Brandon Richards' news article, see Men are victims of domestic violence too (6/8/10). According to the report::
men-are-victims-of-domestic-violence-tooWhen police respond to a domestic dispute between a man and a woman, chances are the woman is the victim. But that's not always the case. "Research shows that about a third of all domestic violence injuries are sustained by men, so it is a significant problem," says Fathers & Families Executive Director Glenn Sacks. "The research has been clear on this for 35 years, that women are at least as likely and to some degree more likely, to initiate domestic violence than men are." Sacks said the legal system is no help to abused men either. He said men who experience abuse are not likely to report it because they fear they will be perceived as the abuser by police and arrested. He also said abused men who are fathers don't want to risk losing or leaving their kids with an abusive mother. "Let's say you're a father, you're married, have two kids and your wife is abusing you," explains Sacks. "Well, if you take off and leave then you're leaving your kids in the sole custody of an abusive, violent woman." Sacks said the problems are only going to grow worse for men until victims speak out and demand change, much like women's groups have done in recent decades. "There has to be a real public consciousness that domestic violence against men is a real issue," said Sacks.
To learn more about domestic violence, see Glenn's co-authored column No One Believed Me (MSN.com, (8/1/09).

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October 18,2010

Donald Hubin, Ph.D., Chairman of Fathers and Families of Ohio's Executive Committee, appeared on the Scott Sloan Show on WLW AM 700 in Cincinnati today. He discussed SB 292, a new Ohio bill that will raise child support amounts in the middle of the worst economy since the Great Depression. To listen to the audio archive of the interview with Don, please click here. Sloan devoted a full two hours to the subject--to listen to the second hour, click here. Sloan said that he planned to ask the bill's co-sponsor, Senator Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati), about SB 292 when Seitz appears on his show at 10 EST tomorrow (Tuesday). To listen to Seitz and Sloan live tomorrow, click here. To participate in F & F of Ohio's campaign against the bill, please click here.

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October 19, 2010

Donald Hubin, Ph.D., Chairman of Fathers and Families of Ohio's Executive Committee, appeared on the Scott Sloan Show on WLW AM 700 in Cincinnati on Monday to discuss SB 292, a new Ohio bill that will raise child support. The next day Sloan had the bill's co-sponsor, Senator Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati), on his show and asked him in detail about SB 292. Hubin has written a response to some of Seitz's comments in defense of SB 292. He says:
Senator Seitz seems to think that if the numbers in the basic child support schedule is in dollar amounts rather than percentages, then the table doesn't respond to inflationary pressures.  However: 1) The tax tables are in dollar amounts.  Certainly nobody thinks that a person earning x dollars in 2010 should pay the inflation-adjusted amount of income tax that a person earning x dollars in 1992 would pay. This is similar. 2) General inflationary effects are handled by the child support tables because as people's income goes up due to inflationary pressures, they get into a higher income bracket and, so, pay more in child support. 3) This is why there is a huge difference between a "hard coded" dollar amount for a poverty level etc. and a "hard coded" (dollar amount) in a table that links payments to incomes. On the radio I said that the general inflationary effects are handled by the above mechanism–people moving to a higher income bracket as the value of money declines. It is true that some inflationary effects on child support remain, but they are relatively minor. They arise because lower income people spend a greater percentage of their income on their children than do higher income people.  Therefore, the effect of inflation is to lower the percentage of income that people are assumed to pay at a given level of real (inflation adjusted) income. If the increase in the tables were just based on the rate of inflation itself, then they would have to go up much more than SB 292 recommends.  The fact that no one is recommending this is an admission that the reasoning that Seitz and others is using is flawed. Only part of the proposed increase in the tables is attributable to the inflationary effect I mentioned above (#2).  The rest of the increase results from the change in methodology used.
To participate in F & F of Ohio's campaign against the bill, please click here. To listen to the audio archive of the interview with Don, please click here. Sloan devoted a full two hours to the subject--to listen to the second hour, click here. To listen to the audio archive of the interview with Senator Seitz, please click here and click on "Scott Sloan 10/19/10 Hour 2."

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December 20, 2010

hubin-quoted-12-20-10Donald Hubin, Ph.D., Chairman of Fathers and Families of Ohio"s Executive Committee, was quoted in 10 Ohio newspapers over the weekend concerning men's fear of divorce and the family court system. Reporter Jessica Alaimo of the Media Network of Central Ohio wrote:
One observer points to a cause of the trepidation on men's part: The change in their pocket just isn't enough. "Lower-income males are not very marriageable," said Donald Hubin, executive director of Fathers and Families Ohio, a group dedicated to family court reform. Hubin said men are marriage-shy. "People say, 'What's the point of getting married when it will end in divorce?'" he said. Hubin said men have concerns about obligations family courts will impose on them. The organization recently lobbied against a bill that would have raised child support obligations.
To read the full article, see the Media Network of Central Ohio's In Ohio, single men outnumber single women (12/20/10).

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Fathers and Families Executive Director Glenn Sacks appeared on the Dr. Helen Show on PJTV alongside radio host Tony Katz and media commentator Alfonzo Rachel on Wednesday, March 16. The subject of the show was Kay Hymowitz's controversial new book Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys. To watch the show, click here.

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May 5, 2011

Fathers and Families Executive Director Glenn Sacks discussed NV AB 313 and SB 284, bills to address many of the family law/child custody problems faced by Nevada's active duty and reserve service members, on The Heidi Harris Show on KDWN in Las Vegas on May 5. Harris became interested in bills after seeing Sacks' column Protecting parents who serve (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 5/1/11). heidi-harris-kdwnHarris (pictured) criticized family courts for being "biased against men." Harris. a child of divorce, condemned Parental Alienation and visitation interference, and said that during her childhood, "I was lucky--my parents weren't jerks about it." We also discussed the Miller/Jenkins lesbian child custody battle--to learn more, see F & F's column MSN.com column With Gay Marriage Comes Gay Divorce: The Rise of Lesbian Custody Battles (10/15/09).

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June 1, 2011

wksuFathers and Families of Ohio Executive Committee Chairman Donald C. Hubin discussed HB 121 on NPR affiliate WKSU on June 1. To listen to Hubin, click here--the interview begins at 2:05. HB 121 is a bill to protect military parents' child custody rights which is modeled in part on AB 2416, which we helped pass in California last year. The bill recently passed the Ohio House of Representatives. To learn more about the bill, see Hubin's op-ed column Custody agreements should survive deployments (Columbus Dispatch, 4/6/11).

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June 20, 2011

msnbc-glenn-1F & F"s Glenn Sacks debated the new dad-bashing ‘Married Single Moms" survey on MSNBC Live on Friday, June 17. The survey's promoters, ForbesWoman.com and TheBump.com, claim in their highly-publicized press release that many mothers feel their husbands do so little that, though married, they're really like single mothers who have to do all the work. To watch the debate, click here. In the show's opening we're told that 92% of mothers feel "overwhelmed" and 70% resent their husbands. Alison Bernstein, Senior Editor of TheBump.com, then explained that "even working moms feel like they're taking the majority of work on their shoulders." Sacks replied with three points:

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kfwb-logo Fathers and Families Executive Director Glenn did a one hour interview on CBS radio in Los Angeles on Thursday July 28. To listen, click here. Glenn and KFWB AM 980 host Bob McCormick discussed numerous subjects, including:
  • The abuse of restraining orders and the lack of due process regarding domestic violence accusations
  • Paternity fraud
  • Alimony abuses
  • Default judgments
  • Shared parenting
  • Problems faced by unmarried fathers
  • The distinction between joint legal and joint physical custody
  • Child support
  • The problems faced by military parents

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August 14, 2011

npr-columbusDonald C. Hubin, Ph.D., Chairman of Fathers and Families of Ohio's Executive Committee discussed child support issues on NPR in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, August 16. To listen/watch the show and to comment on the NPR station's website, click here. The show is All Sides with Ann Fisher. In studio guests included:
  • Kim Newsom Bridges, Director, Ohio Child Support Enforcement Agency Directors" Association
  • Susan A. Brown, Director of the Franklin County Child Support Enforcement Agency
  • Glenn Harris, Director, African American Male Initiative, Columbus Urban League.
Hubin was invited to appear in studio but had a schedule conflict--nonetheless, he appeared on the show via phone for 20 minutes.

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September 17, 2011

Under new Ohio policies, child support enforcement agencies will not be able to seize the driver's licenses or professional licenses of any obligors who are paying at least half of their child support obligations.

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September 26, 2011

columbus-dispatch-icon Donald Hubin, Ph.D., Chairman of Fathers and Families of Ohio"s Executive Committee, was quoted in Child- support changes arrive: New provisions give struggling parents leniency (9/25/11) in the Columbus Dispatch, a 200,000 circulation newspaper in Ohio's capital. Under the new Ohio policies, for which Fathers and Families has advocated and supports, child support enforcement agencies will not be able to seize the driver's licenses or professional licenses of any obligors who are paying at least half of their child support obligations.

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October 25, 2007

My recent His Side with Glenn Sacks radio commentary for KLAA AM 830 in Los Angeles criticizes the new child support/passport rules which are so overwhelmingly popular among the editorial boards of our nation's newspapers. To listen to the commentary, click here. To learn more about the passport law, see my co-authored column, Passport Rules Unfair to Child Support Debtors (San Antonio Express-News, 9/8/07). His Side with Glenn Sacks radio commentaries are broadcast daily on KLAA AM 830, a 50,000 watt talk station in Los Angeles and Orange County. KLAA AM 830 is owned by Arte Moreno, owner of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. KLAA hosts include Glenn Beck and Michael Savage. From 2003-2005, His Side with Glenn Sacks ran in a syndicated talk show format in Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Seattle, and other cities. To listen to show archives, click here.

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November 26, 2007

My recent His Side with Glenn Sacks radio commentary for KLAA AM 830 in Los Angeles discusses Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's bond with his late father.  Schilling says that in every game he starts, he reserves a seat for his dad. To listen to the commentary, click here. To learn more, see my blog post Curt Schilling: 'My Father Was the Glue That Held My Family Together'. His Side with Glenn Sacks radio commentaries are broadcast daily on KLAA AM 830, a 50,000 watt talk station in Los Angeles and Orange County. KLAA AM 830 is owned by Arte Moreno, owner of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. KLAA hosts include Glenn Beck and Michael Savage. From 2003-2005, His Side with Glenn Sacks ran in a syndicated talk show format in Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Seattle, and other cities. To listen to show archives, click here. [audio:http://www.glennsacks.com/hsrc/mp3/hsrc-shilling.mp3]

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