Nebraska Judicial Branch Education Lies to Dr. Linda Nielsen

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

The past three posts have been dedicated to reviewing the first documents on the education of Nebraska’s family court judges regarding parenting time, custody orders and children’s welfare. They were produced by Nebraska’s Court Administrator after a two-year fight to keep them shielded from public view. The Nebraska Supreme Court made short work of the Administrators claims to secrecy, so now we know what information judges have been getting in the years 2012 and 2014.

As I said previously, Dr. Lisa Blankenau’s presentation in 2012 was replete with misstatements about the science on shared parenting, overnights for very young children and the role of conflict in deciding custody and parenting time. Weirdly, she also made several statements to the effect that children need meaningful relationships with their fathers. A fair summary of her presentation would be that, at every turn, her advice could be read as marginalizing fathers in their children’s lives and at the same time arguing for kids having full, meaningful relationships with them. How she proposed to accomplish both, I have no idea and she didn’t let on.

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