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July 31, 2013

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Parenting Coordination Short Lived in Pennsylvania
By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, National Parents Organization

Child and Parents
Pennsylvania just eliminated the Parenting Coordinator role that it began five years ago. According to The Legal Intelligencer, its demise is related to a couple of high profile cases.

Pennsylvania was one of eleven states with legislation governing parenting coordinators. The other ten states that still have legislated parenting coordinator programs are: Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Massachusetts, and Texas. As with other areas of family law, the laws and regulations vary by state.

Effective May 23rd this year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted Pennsylvania Rule of Civil Procedure 1915.11-1, Elimination of Parenting Coordination. It states:
“Only judges may make decisions in child custody cases. Masters and hearing officers may make recommendations to the court. Courts shall not appoint any other individual to make decisions or recommendations or alter a custody order in child custody cases. Any order appointing a parenting coordinator shall be deemed vacated on the date this rule becomes effective. Local rules and administrative orders authorizing the appointment of parenting coordinators also shall be deemed vacated on the date this rule becomes effective.” Read more...
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Voice Your Opinion About Alabama Child Support
July 29, 2013
All Alabama parents are invited to attend the meeting of the Alabama Advisory Committee on Child Support Guidelines and Enforcement. Their decisions will affect your child support. Read more...

Surprise! Salon.com Stigmatizes Fathers and Marriage
July 29, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
One of the key elements influencing the decline of marriage and the marginalization of men in families has always been their description in the mass communications media and popular culture. Read more...

Veil of Secrecy Partially Lifted from British Family Courts
July 28, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The United Kingdom’s Daily Mail has long been on a campaign to open to the public the proceedings of family courts. Read more...

AZ Senator Murphy Smeared by Child Protective Services?
July 26, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The shenanigans of child welfare agencies are amazing to behold. The run of the mill type consists of the everyday incompetence that leads child welfare workers to alternately ignore the plight of children in horrifying and dangerous family situations or swoop in and take children from perfectly fit parents. Read more...

Domestic Violence Response Not in Line with Science on DV
July 25, 2013 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Here’s an excellent article by the estimable Phil Cook who knows as much about domestic violence as any lay person (The Daily Beast, 7/22/13). Read more...




The opinions expressed herein are those of our guest authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Parents Organization or its Board of Directors.

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