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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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November 26, 2007

My recent His Side with Glenn Sacks radio commentary for KLAA AM 830 in Los Angeles discusses one of the child support system's more insane aspects--the way it saddles ex-offenders with impossible debts as they exit prison and try to reintegrate into society. To listen to the commentary, click here. To learn more, see my co-authored column New Justice Department Report"s Recommendations Could Reduce Prisoner Recidivism (Chicago Sun-Times, 10/26/07). 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. [audio:http://www.glennsacks.com/hsrc/mp3/hsrc-exoffender.mp3]

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December 11, 2007

My recent His Side with Glenn Sacks radio commentary for KLAA AM 830 in Los Angeles discusses a recent Missouri child support auditor's finding that 27% of the state's 240,000 child support cases have incorrect balances. Some of the errors have gone unfixed for nearly a decade, and have led to enforcement action against innocent men. To listen to the commentary, click here. To learn more, see Truth-Telling Child Support Auditor Susan Montee Under Fire from CS Industry. 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://glennsacks.com/hsrc/mp3/hsrc-childsupport.mp3]

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December 13, 2007

My recent His Side with Glenn Sacks radio commentary for KLAA AM 830 in Los Angeles criticzes the "Single Motherhood by Choice" movement. To listen to the commentary, click here. To learn more about "Single Motherhood by Choice", click here. 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://glennsacks.com/hsrc/mp3/hsrc-singlemothers.mp3]

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December 18, 2007

My recent His Side with Glenn Sacks radio commentary for KLAA AM 830 in Los Angeles discusses the case of Aaron O'Connor, a father serving with the 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq who came back to the United States to visit his two daughters and ended up in jail over a small, questionable child support arrearage. To listen to the commentary, click here. To learn more, see Welcome Home, Soldier--Dad Comes Back from Army in Iraq to Visit His Daughters, Is Jailed for Child Support. 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://glennsacks.com/hsrc/mp3/hsrc-welcomehome.mp3]

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January 23, 2008

Los Angeles, CA--My recent His Side with Glenn Sacks radio commentary for KLAA AM 830 in Los Angeles discusses the California Alliance for Families and Children's upcoming, historic conference--"From Ideology to Inclusion: Evidence-Based Policy and Intervention in Domestic Violence." The conference will be held Friday/Saturday, February 15-16, 2008 in Sacramento, California. The conference will feature speakers from the National Family Violence Legislative Resource Center--a group of domestic violence experts and authorities who are challenging laws and policies based on the idea that only men commit domestic violence in heterosexual relationships. Many of the leading authorities in the domestic violence field will be speaking at the conference. To listen to the commentary, click here. To learn more, see my blog post Group of Domestic Violence Dissidents/Authorities Sponsors Historic Conference. 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. 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-conference.mp3]

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January 30, 2008

Los Angeles, CA--My recent His Side with Glenn Sacks radio commentary for KLAA AM 830 in Los Angeles discusses the testaments of two highly-successful women--actress Nicole Kidman and CBS television anchor Suzanne Rico--to the importance of the father-daughter bond. To listen to the commentary, click here. To learn more, see my blog posts Nicole Kidman: 'There comes a time when you're a daughter, that you need your father' and CBS Anchor Suzanne Rico Discusses Her Father. 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. 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-kidman.mp3]

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February 5, 2008

Los Angeles, CA--My recent His Side with Glenn Sacks radio commentary for KLAA AM 830 in Los Angeles commends Michael McManus, the founder of Marriage Savers, for his increasingly vocal endorsement of Shared Parenting. This is in contrast to some Christian conservatives' meager efforts to defend marriage and fatherhood from the ravages of our current family law system. To listen to the commentary, click here. To learn more, see my blog post Prominent Christian Conservative Speaks out for Shared Parenting. 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. 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-mcmanus.mp3]

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March 25, 2008

Los Angeles, CA--My recent His Side with Glenn Sacks radio commentary for KLAA AM 830 in Los Angeles discusses Randolph Elder, nationally-syndicated radio talk show host Larry Elder's father. In his 2002 book Showdown: Confronting Bias, Lies, and the Special Interests That Divide America, Larry tells the amazing story of his father. To listen to the commentary, click here or on the audio button below. To learn more, see my blog post Larry Elder's Father: 'A black Southerner without a father, disowned by his mother, during the Depression'. 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. 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-larry-elder.mp3]

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April 1, 2008

Los Angeles, CA--My recent His Side with Glenn Sacks radio commentary for KLAA AM 830 in Los Angeles discusses the Roger Clemens steroids case and how it relates to false accusations in family law cases. Clemens denies using steroids and asked a Congressional committee, "How do you prove a negative?" This is exactly the position that so many fathers are in when faced with false accusations of domestic violence or child sexual abuse--how do you prove you didn't do something? To listen to the commentary, click here or on the audio button below. (Sorry for the delayed posting). To learn more, see my blog post Baseball Star Roger Clemens in Family Court Hell. 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. 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-clemens.mp3]

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April 22, 2008

Los Angeles, CA--My recent His Side with Glenn Sacks radio commentary for KLAA AM 830 in Los Angeles discusses a recent victory for the rights of military parents. The federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act of 2003 (SCRA) (formerly known as the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act) protects deployed soldiers against civil legal actions. Perhaps the biggest problem deployed parents face is that judges often do not interpret the SCRA as applying to family law proceedings. Recently Mike Robinson of the California Alliance for Families and Children announced that a new federal law will specifically extend the protections of the SCRA to family law proceedings and eliminate default judgments for deployed service personnel. To listen to the commentary, click here or on the audio button below. To learn more, see my blog post A Victory for Military Parents. 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. 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-scra.mp3]

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May 7, 2008

Los Angeles, CA--My recent His Side with Glenn Sacks radio commentary for KLAA AM 830 in Los Angeles discusses a recent legal victory for Michael Shannon, whose two sons were abducted to Egypt. To listen to the commentary, click here or on the audio button below. To learn more, click here. 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. 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-abduction.mp3]

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May 13, 2008

Los Angeles, CA--My recent His Side with Glenn Sacks radio commentary for KLAA AM 830 in Los Angeles discusses the pitfalls faced by child support obligors who launch their own businesses. To listen to the commentary, click here or on the audio button below. To learn more, click here. 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. 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-estrada.mp3]

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