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…

Another Incurious Writer Unquestioningly Channels the ‘Protective’ Mother Movement

June 11, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

“Protective” mothers are at it again. This time their gullible mouthpiece is one Marisa Endicott writing in – surprise! – the Huffington Post (Huffington Post, 6/9/17). As usual, it’s an effort to convince readers that parental alienation is just a clever ruse by abusive fathers to get custody of their kids.

Now, to be clear, by the standards of this type of article, hers is pretty good. Of course that’s setting the bar about as low as it can be set. This stuff usually wouldn’t pass muster with the National Enquirer. Back in February I wrote several pieces on an article by Laurie Udesky that was so abysmally awful it almost defied description (see further links at the bottom of the linked-to post). Endicott’s is significantly more balanced and, frankly, ethical than that, but still it misrepresents the realities of its subject.

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Donald and Hillary, Together at Last!

June 9, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Remember, you read it here first. I’ve discovered something on which President Trump and Hillary Clinton agree. No, really! I believe I&rs…

Graham Mills Not Backing Down from Outrageous Alimony Decision

June 8, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Back in February, I wrote this about the case of Graham Mills, a British man who runs a small-but-thriving surveying company. He and his wife Maria had been married just 13 years when they divorced 15 years ago. At the time, Mills gave his ex £230,000 in cash which amounted to all of his liquid assets. He also agreed to pay her £1,100 per month alimony.

But Maria blew the money. She bought at least two houses she couldn’t afford, couldn’t make the payments and now has nothing of the money paid her by Graham. To most people, that would be a problem, but far from an insurmountable one. Most people would simply tighten their belts, resolve to be smarter about their spending habits and perhaps up their hours worked per week.

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International Conference on Shared Parenting: Day Two

June 7, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Having dispensed with Hilary Towers’ nonsense published by the Institute for Family Studies, I can now return to the good news – Day Two of the International Conference on Shared Parenting. The conference was a feel-good moment for, I think, everyone there. The sense that we’re on the right track was solidified when Dr. Sanford Braver, one of the most prominent of all researchers in the field of child custody and parenting time, told activists there that it’s “just a matter of time before this (shared parenting) penetrates” and to “keep fighting because you’re winning.” Powerful encouragement indeed.

Day Two began with Australian law professor and researcher Patrick Parkinson speaking on relocations by one parent. He’s studied the matter and found that almost invariably, the parent wanting to move is the mother. In the cases Parkinson studied, relocation was approved by the court in 60% of cases. That’s true despite the fact that it meant the loss to the child of friends and moving to a different school and of course the move dealt a serious (sometimes fatal) blow to the child’s relationship with his/her father. Of those whose relocation request was denied, over half said it was better that they hadn’t moved.

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Institute for Family Studies: The Craziness Continues

June 5, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Continuing from yesterday’s piece on this horror show courtesy of one Hilary Towers (IF Studies, 6/2/17).
As I mentioned yesterday, Tower…

Institute for Family Studies Has No Clue About Shared Parenting, Opposes it Anyway

June 4, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

I find I must take a short detour from reporting on the International Conference on Shared Parenting. Why? For two reasons. The first is that t…

International Conference on Shared Parenting, Day One

June 2, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

The following are a few of the high points of the presentations at the International Conference on Shared Parenting by the cream of the world&r…

Fabulous Conference Supports Shared Parenting

June 1, 2017 by Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Chair of the Board, National Parents Organization

On May 29 and 30, attendees from 24 countries ranging from China to the Middle East to Europe to North America gathered at the Downtown Westin Hotel in Boston to hear the world’s experts on shared parenting.

They heard that over 50 research studies support shared parenting as the best arrangement for most kids after parents separate or divorce; that shared parenting is better even when there is conflict between the parents (but not domestic violence); that legal conflict between the parents alone does not take away the advantages of shared parenting; that it is better even for infants; and that it improves children’s lives on numerous measures (better physical and mental health, better psychosocial adjustment, better relationships with both dad and mom, better grades in school, less delinquency, happier, and lots more).

Due to the broad international participation, the high quality of the program, the publicity we were able to attract, the videos that will be distributed and the upcoming publication of the plenary presentations, I believe that this Conference may well have an impact for many years. We asked at the beginning whether a watershed moment had been reached in our understanding of the best interest of the child. At the conclusion of the Conference, I think that from both a scientific and societal perspective, the answer will be yes.

Finally, I thought you might like to see some of the publicity we got.  

The conference was organized and hosted primarily by National Parents Organization, with substantial assistance from the Europe-based International Council on Shared Parenting.

I am sure Robert Franklin will be blogging on our website in the days to come about many of the fascinating details that emerged.

Together with you in the love of our children,
Ned Holstein
Founder and Chairman of the Board

International Conference on Shared Parenting a Huge Success!

June 1, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

The National Parents Organization’s International Conference on Shared Parenting wrapped up Tuesday evening. By any measure, it was a reso…

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