Washington Post Edges Close to Defamation

June 23, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Continued from yesterday’s post about this article by Cara Tabachnick (Washington Post, 5/11/17).
Unlike writers like Marisa Endicott an…

Reunification after Alienation: The Washington Post Channels the ‘Protective Mother’ Movement

June 22, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

I’ve done several pieces recently about the shoddy articles that attempt to debunk the notion of parental alienation and parental alienation syndrome. They’re scandalously bad, ignoring vast numbers of pertinent facts, blatantly making up others, mis-defining parental alienation and, of course, selecting individual cases that seem to support their off-the-wall ideas while ignoring those that don’t.

Those articles invariably channel the natterings of the “protective mother movement” that takes as an article of faith that family courts routinely remove children from “protective” mothers and hand them over to abusive fathers. They do this often, the movement claims, because the dastardly dads have an ace up their sleeve – the allegation of parental alienation. According to the movement and the articles that serve as their mouthpiece, courts, as a matter of course, ignore mothers’ claims of abuse and swallow whole fathers’ claims of PA. That, in every state, domestic violence is a factor in determining custody never makes it into the articles or the narrative of the “protective mother” movement.

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Michigan HB 4691 Passes Judiciary Committee

June 21, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Michigan HB 4691 has passed the Judiciary Committee 6 – 3 on a strict party-line vote. All “Aye” votes were by Republicans and all “Nay” votes by Democrats. This article quotes one of the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Jim Runestad who tells the truth about it and, by way of “balance,” quotes one of the usual anti-dad suspects who doesn’t (Detroit Free Press, 6/20/17). Writer Kathleen Gray appears to have neglected to read the bill. Failing that though, she could have read this article by Runestad himself (Detroit News, 6/17/17). It gives facts about the bill she plainly hasn’t taken the trouble to learn any other way.

Absent reports of domestic violence, judges would be required to award joint legal custody of children to divorcing parents under a bill that passed the House Judiciary Committee today.

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NPR on Fatherlessness

June 19, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

I spoke too soon. Of course I did. No sooner had I proclaimed that I hadn’t found any overtly dad-hating articles for Father’s Day, I stumbled across this (NPR, 6/18/17). But hey, it’s NPR, so what did I expect?

Now the gist of the article is the many problems we face as a society due to fatherlessness, with the focus on educational deficits. That’s an appropriate theme for a Father’s Day piece. But NPR just couldn’t let it go at that. It had to – just had to – get in a slap at fathers.

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Let’s Keep Father’s Day; Mother’s Day Too

June 18, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

So far, it’s been a good Father’s Day. By that I mean there’ve been few, if any, article’s shaming, disrespecting, beli…

Happy Fathers’ Day! 

June 18, 2017

To all the fathers out there, National Parents Organization wishes you the very best on your special day!
This Fathers’ Day, there’s much to be thankful for. By every measure, the move toward true parenting equality in fami…

Support Michigan House Bill 4691!

June 16, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

The National Parents Organization is supporting a shared parenting bill currently before the House Judiciary Committee of the Michigan Legislature. The inside scoop is that committee members generally favor the bill, but NPO wants to make sure it gets voted out of committee and onto the House floor. So everyone in Michigan should contact all member of the committee and urge them to vote ‘aye’ on HB 4691.

The bill has some very strong aspects to it. Most importantly, it establishes a presumption of shared parenting (both legal and physical) that means neither parent is to have more than 200 days per year (about 55%) with the child. The usual exceptions of course apply – a different agreement by the parents, domestic violence, child abuse and unfitness.

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Gilding the Dishonesty Lily: Citing a Task Force Report Repudiated by the APA

June 15, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

One last word on Marisa Endicott’s terrible piece in the Huffington Post (Huffington Post, 6/9/17). If readers of this blog still doubt …

Endicott, Part Three: Wrong, Wrong and Wrong Again

June 14, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

In her article for the Huffington Post about which I’ve written the previous two days, Marisa Endicott treads uncertainly between the mere…

Did the Judge Decide Correctly? Endicott Doesn’t Care

June 12, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Picking up from yesterday’s piece about yet another scurrilous article attempting to cast aspersions on the concept of parental alienatio…

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