A Personal Message from Ned Holstein
January 21, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
The U.K.’s Department of Welfare and Pensions has announced that it will simply write off some £2.5 billion in child support debt (Independent, 1/14/18). The Department that oversees the Child Maintenance Service that’s charged with administering child support collections and disbursements acknowledged that the debts are uncollectible and that it would cost more to attempt to collect them than any amounts received. The announcement refers to some 475,000 cases.
Part of the problem stems from the days of the erstwhile Child Services Agency that was legendary for its incompetence. The CSA was so bad in fact that the government simply shut it down altogether and established the CMS. But many of the current problems with collections are holdovers from old CSA days.
January 19, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
A soon-to-be-published survey of Arizona family court judges, attorneys, mental health providers and mediators drives a stake into the heart of two of the common objections to shared parenting laws raised by (usually) family attorneys. The survey was designed and led by Dr. William Fabricius of Arizona State University, a long-time researcher in the area of shared parenting and children’s well-being. It will soon come out in the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage.
Dr. Fabricius has now weighed in on the debased and debunked editorial in the Washington Post opposing a presumption of shared parenting on which I commented here (Baltimore Post Examiner, 1/18/18). In his rebuttal to the Post editorial Fabricius explains the methodology and results of the survey.
January 18, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
In Australia, a court has ordered a mother to repay the child support she received from the man she falsely convinced was the father of her child (Herald Sun, 1/17/18). For reasons that escape me, the mother, man and child were referred to pseudonymously by the court and therefore by the article. The judge ordered the mother, “Ms. Fielder,” to pay despite her claims of domestic abuse and being too frightened to tell “Mr. Hallis” the truth about her child’s paternity.
“Ms Fielder” — a court given pseudonym — portrayed herself as the victim of her ex-partner’s “aggressive and intimidating behaviour”.
January 17, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
All those who reflexively oppose shared parenting should read this article (ABC, 1/16/18). It tells the story of equal parenting from the perspectives of one mother and one father, each of whom has that arrangement with a former spouse. Unsurprisingly, what they report is what equal parenting promises – children’s welfare and better parenting from both Mom and Dad. What’s not to like?
When her relationship with her husband broke down five years ago, they agreed splitting the time with their two daughters 50/50 was the best option.