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April 29, 2015

NPO Logo National Parents Organization improves the lives of children and strengthens society by protecting every child's right to the love and care of both parents after separation or divorce. We seek better lives for children through family court reform that establishes equal rights and responsibilities for fathers and mothers.
National Parents Organization’s Pennsylvania Affiliate Rallies Against Parental Alienation
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Stephen Meehan
Stephen Meehan, National Parents Organization of Pennsylvania
Last week, Parental Alienation Awareness Day was observed and NPO’s Pennsylvania affiliate convened parents from across the state on the steps of the state capitol in Harrisburg to help raise consciousness of the problem. NPO’s Pennsylvania leader Stephen Meehan is to be congratulated for organizing the rally that was widely reported by state and local news media. FOX43 TV in Harrisburg reported on the rally here and NewsRadio 1020 KDKA, the CBS radio affiliate in Pittsburgh interviewed Meehan.

Here’s Meehan’s statement on the rally and upcoming activities of NPO in the Keystone State:

Parents from PA joined the National Parents Org Committee members on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol, April 25th, to raise awareness for Parental Alienation.  Surrounded by signs, and banners, empty shoes from children on the steps, they shared their similar stories, both Fathers and Mothers. Fox News interviewed Chairman of the PA Affiliate, Stephen Meehan, and provided local news coverage on Sunday. Read more...
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Florida Alimony Reform/Shared Parenting Bill Advances; Contact Senators to Urge Passage
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Senate Bill 1248 passed the Senate Appropriations Committee by a 12 — 6 margin and has gone to the Senate for an up-or-down vote. NPO’s Robert Franklin blogged about the bill here. The bill would reform both alimony law and parenting time for divorced parents. The alimony portion would limit both the amount and duration of alimony awards. The parenting time portion establishes a presumption of “approximately equal time-sharing” by both parents. Read more...

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National Parents Organization’s Holstein in Time Magazine
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Shared parenting continues to make national headlines with some 20 bills before state legislatures this year. This article, in one of the nation’s most-read weekly magazines, is not only favorable to shared parenting, but gives NPO Chairman Ned Holstein prominence (Time, 4/27/15).

Shared parenting is less common in the U.S., says Ned Holstein, MD, founder and acting executive director of the National Parents Organization, and he estimates the rate is less than 20%. Still, he says that the research in favor of shared parenting for kids is overwhelming. “You’ll hear opponents say, ‘You’ll turn them into suitcase kids; they don’t want to be dragged back and forth,'” Holstein says. “Clearly, taking the suitcase back and forth once or twice a week so that you spend a lot of time with both parents is way better for the kids than the alternative of basically losing an intimate and closely loving relationship with one parent.” Read more...
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By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
BOSTON -- As Parental Alienation Awareness Day nears — Saturday, April 25, 2015 — National Parents Organization emphasizes that while our nation’s family courts continue to marginalize one of the parents following divorce or separation, the organization is encouraged by the fact that lawmakers in about 20 states are working to support shared parenting and parental equality in child custody cases.

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New York Times Child Support Forum: Calls for Reform
April 27, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
But all is not darkness at the New York Times. Its forum on child support and its enforcement features two articles that actually make some sense by writers who seem to know the basics of the subject. Read more...

New York Times Forum: Child Support Penalties not Harsh Enough
April 26, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Friday’s piece about Colleen Eubanks’ mistaken claim that our system of enforcing child support is “fair” neglected to mention one of the very least fair things about it — its blatant sexism. As National Parents Organization Chairman Ned Holstein reported here, investigator Terry Brennan squeezed, with much difficulty, data on child support enforcement out of the sheriff departments of the State of Massachusetts. His findings? 98% of those arrested for child support indebtedness are fathers and indebted fathers are eight times as likely as indebted mothers to go to jail for their failure to pay. I’d say that stretches the concept of “fairness” far beyond the breaking point. We don’t know Eubanks’ take on it since she unsurprisingly neglected to mention Brennan’s figures, despite their being well-publicized. Read more...

New York Times Forum Author: Child Support System is ‘Fair’
April 24, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Having published a couple of fact-based articles about the child support system that are also sympathetic to fathers, the editors at the New York Times just couldn’t resist. As they often do on other topics, they followed up with one of their forums called “Room for Debate,” in which they invite a few people with differing viewpoints to comment on the subject in question. That’s a fair approach, but all too often results in a “The Earth: Flat or Spherical?” type of debate. Of course we all value principled disagreement, but in some matters, some arguments just don’t have the heft that others do. Read more...

Mother Forgives $38 K Child Support Debt
April 23, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
And it’s a twofer! The New York Times ran two pieces in the same day on child support, both of them fact-based and sympathetic to fathers. As I asked yesterday, “will wonders never cease?” Read more...

New York Times Attacks Child Support SystemNew York Times Attacks Child Support System
April 22, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Will wonders never cease? This New York Times article on child support is not only accurate, but sympathetic to impecunious fathers (New York Times, 4/19/15). Maybe it’s a combination of the Office of Child Support Enforcement’s latest effort to amend regulations governing establishment, payment and enforcement of child support orders and the recent shooting death in South Carolina of Walter Scott that’s spurred awareness of the travesty that so often is our system of child support. Read more...

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