A Personal Message from Ned Holstein
November 17, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
This continues from yesterday’s post.
At this point, it’s appropriate to thank John Schaefer for one thing (Detroit News, 11/13/17). His article is a mess of misrepresentations about what he does know and errors about things he doesn’t, like the science on shared parenting. But fair is fair and Schaefer deserves thanks.
That’s not because of his words, but because of his photo. The image he provided to the Detroit News fairly shouts “wealthy and prosperous!” Schaefer, in his tailored dark blue suit, bright white shirt and hankie and silk necktie, is the very picture of the well-heeled divorce lawyer. As such, his photo tells readers what his words do not – that divorce law can be very, very lucrative. So, for all the dishonesty of his words, his picture speaks the truth.
November 16, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
If there’s a shared parenting bill before a state legislature, there must be at least one family lawyer ready and willing to misrepresent it to whoever will listen. And sure enough, there’s a strong shared parenting bill with lots of support in the Michigan Legislature and divorce attorney John Schaefer to oppose it on specious grounds (Detroit News, 11/13/17).
As seems to be invariably the case when family lawyers oppose a shared parenting bill, there are two possibilities – either Schaefer has read HB 4691 or he hasn’t. If he hasn’t, he should have, because writing an op-ed on a subject about which one is ignorant does a disservice to readers. If he has read the bill, he’s intentionally misrepresenting it, an even more serious indictment of him and his article.
November 15, 2017 by Linda Reutzel, Chair, National Parents Organization of Missouri
Many people in Missouri were very excited about passing Family Court reforms in 2016 with House Bill 1550. Many especially like the statute change that would "maximize to the highest degree the amount of time a child may spend with each parent". Also HB 1550 got rid of default parenting plans that restricted the children's access to their father to one night during the week and every other weekend, and now no court, in the entire state, can have a default parenting plan.
Since our initial excitement we have had ups and downs. First, two days after the new law went into effect, the Missouri Eastern District Appellate Court actually mentioned the new law and made some very interesting observations about it. In this case, Morgan v. Morgan, the judge said that the traditional "siegenthaler" schedule of one day a week and every other weekend was not considered joint physical custody. The parenting time allowed by this schedule was not significant. I, along with hundreds upon hundreds of Missourians that I speak with, agree with this. But then throughout this past year I have heard from many fathers that say judges are still not giving 50/50, so their lawyers tell them to settle for less and many are actually still getting the default schedule.
November 13, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
For reasons I can only guess at, this article paints a very anodyne picture of child protective services in the U.K (Phys.org, 11/7/17). Its primary and, as far as I can tell only objection is the portrayal of caseworkers in the popular media. It offers but two examples, one from the news and one from pop culture.
The piece’s message is roughly this: