August 11,2020 by Robert Franklin, JD, Member, National Board of Directors
Donald Williams, Jr. is suing the ironically named Arizona Department of Child Safety and several individual officers thereof for $25 million (AZ Central, 8/1/20). I hope he gets every penny of it. He won’t, but I still hope he does. Williams’ case is a lesson for anyone who wants to learn about the depredations of child welfare agencies. It provides a good look at what they do and the assumptions they make.
Williams lives in Sacramento, CA. Back in 2014, he had a brief relationship with a woman who soon moved to Arizona. She gave birth to their daughter, Melody, in 2014, but the child was taken from her at the hospital because she tested positive for illegal drugs. She’s not been a part of the case since.
August 6, 2020 by Robert Franklin, JD, Member, National Board of Directors
This article performs an excellent public service (Lincoln Journal Star, 7/27/20). It once again informs us about the bankruptcy of the arguments made by anti-shared parenting activists, this time in Nebraska. This is all they have to offer? If so, there is in fact no argument of any substance against equal parenting.
Readers may recall that, not long ago, I posted a piece on the pro-shared parenting op-ed in the same publication by Ray Keiser. Well, the linked-to piece is supposedly an answer to his. It’s almost touchingly naïve. From its ungrammatical headline to the final word, the article could have been written by a high school freshman. And, tellingly, while it’s written by two lawyers, neither of them has any background in family law. Is there really not one family lawyer in the state who can be convinced to trot out the usual nonsense that poses as reasoned opposition to shared parenting? Apparently not.
August 5, 2020
Dear National Parents Organization Supporter
I’m writing with exciting news! National Parents Organization is making available, free of charge, video recordings from the most significant shared parenting conference ever held.
NPO, in collaboration with the International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP), brought together the world’s leading researchers on child well-being and separated parenting in order to address the most pressing questions about shared parenting when parents live apart:
August 4, 2020 by Robert Franklin, JD, Member, National Board of Directors
In Ireland, the frank discrimination against unmarried fathers and the children they seek to parent continues. And it will do so into the foreseeable future (Irish Examiner, 7/28/20). Amazingly, it’s all part of a public policy that pretends to further marriage. The Irish might want to rethink that.
In the Emerald Isle, if a man who fathers a child isn’t married to the mother of that child, he has no parental rights. She has full parental rights, he has none. With luck and the goodwill of the child’s mother, he may be able to acquire those rights, but otherwise, he can’t.
Here’s how it works: For the first three months after the child is born, the unmarried father has no parental rights. Period. It doesn’t matter how good a partner he’s been to the mother, how much he’s done to support and care for her or how much he wants and loves the child. He has no parental rights.