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  • Ohio high court adopts use of gender-neutral language

    03/14/2016 9:27:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 15, 2016 12:03 AM EDT
    The Ohio Supreme Court is adopting the use of gender-neutral references in family court cases in place of words such as husband and wife following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage across the country. […] The Ohio order also includes father, mother, parent and spouse in its description of terms expressing familial relationships. …
  • Family Court Exploited in Immigration Cases in Queens, Insiders Charge (NYC)

    03/04/2015 10:41:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    WNBC, Channel 4, New York ^ | Updated at 7:07 PM EST on Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 | Melissa Russo, Evan Stulberger and Fred Mamoun
    A federal law intended to protect abused child victims of sex trafficking is being exploited as a shortcut to legal immigration status, Queens Family Court insiders charge. Court insiders tell the I-Team that over the last year, hundreds of young men from the same part of India are all telling similar stories in order to get special access to green cards. Judges say they have no way of verifying their tales. “In my opinion, the process is faulty,” said Queens Family Court Judge John Hunt. Hunt tells the I-Team it is virtually impossible to verify the facts needed to know...
  • Children Strip-Searched At New Philadelphia Family Courthouse

    11/22/2014 8:52:51 PM PST · by Altariel · 19 replies
    CBS (Philadelphia) ^ | November 21, 2014 | Cherri Gregg
    HILADELPHIA (CBS) — Multiple sources involved in cases in Philadelphia Family Court say sheriff’s deputies improperly strip-searched juveniles in both criminal and DHS custody cases who were appearing at the court for hearings earlier this week. And once court administrators discovered what was going on, they put a stop to it. According to multiple sources, juveniles in county custody for both criminal and non-criminal matters who were making courtroom appearances at the new Family Courthouse, at 15th and Arch Streets, were first strip-searched by sheriff’s deputies as a security measure all day Monday of this week and possible part of...
  • Statutory rape victim reportedly forced to pay child support

    09/02/2014 10:08:47 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 166 replies
    PHOENIX — A man who slept with a 20-year-old woman when he was 14 — and didn’t learn he was a father until eight years later — is now being forced to pay child support, the Arizona Republic reports. Olivas, who said he was confused and going through a rough patch at that time of his life time, said the two went their separate ways after the encounter. Arizona law says a child younger than 15 cannot consent to sexual relations with an adult under any circumstance. All of it was put behind him, he thought, until two years ago...
  • Calling FReepers

    05/09/2013 6:41:39 PM PDT · by WaterWeWaitinFor · 34 replies
    5/9/2013 | self
    Is it possible that the Family Court System in Arizona and perhaps across the nation is broken? Lawyers get Judges involved who cannot or will not make a decision, who in turn appoint a Parenting coordinator, who brings in many other "professionals" to evaluate a small child. Then a Best Interest Attorney is also brought in and MORE evaluations begin. Money, money, money and a system that consumes your entire life and drains your bank accounts.
  • Retired Israeli Judge Spreads Controversy in Australia

    03/18/2013 9:45:31 AM PDT · by Love for Israel · 4 replies
    Arutz UnPromisedLand ^ | March 18, 2013 | Sol Havivi
    Tel Aviv, ISRAEL – 18 March 2013. Public outcry in Israel led to Philip Marcus’ early retirement last year. Marcus’ controversial views came to light when he denied custody to a gay father because he claimed his court had no way of knowing whether this homosexual father was a pedophile. That father had Marcus’ ruling overturned on appeal. The backlash over this case forced then-Judge Marcus into early retirement. Philip Marcus’ troubles did not end there. A group of Israeli parents brought his rulings to a committee hearing at the United Nations and successfully proved the family court system which...
  • Mom ends up in jail after son's baptism

    05/13/2012 9:39:27 AM PDT · by SmithL · 41 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 5/13/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    Last December, a 12-year-old boy was baptized in a Karns Baptist church. Four months later, his mother went to jail as a result. "I was in complete shock," Stephanie "Stacy" Miller recalled of the day in April when Knox County Fourth Circuit Court Judge Bill Swann ordered her jailed. "The guy had to drag me down the hallway. I was like, 'I just had my son baptized.' I laid my head (on the arresting deputy's) shoulder and just cried, 'Please, help me.'" Swann's controversial decision is raising questions about the use of the state's criminal contempt law to punish parents...
  • UN Calls on Israel to Amend Custody Law, End Gender Bias Discrimination Against Divorced Fathers

    12/12/2011 2:24:34 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 11 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | December 12, 2011 | Ruth Eglash
    UN Calls on Israel To Amend Custody Law, End Gender Bias Discrimination Against Divorced Fathers By Ruth Eglash The Jerusalem Post UN Rights committee highlights need to ease burden on fathers seeking full or partial custody of their children. The United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has called on the Israel government to amend its laws in order to ease the burden on fathers seeking full or partial custody of their children. At a special hearing in Geneva last month, the committee expressed concern that fathers embroiled in custody disputes in Israel are not always treated fairly...
  • Fathers 4 Justice Embraces Love for Israel Relief Plan to Rescue Collapsed Child Welfare System

    06/10/2011 2:34:18 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | June 10, 2011 | Herb Brandon
    Fathers 4 Justice Embraces Love for Israel Relief Fund Plan to Rescue Collapsed Child Welfare System By Herb Brandon Israel News Agency Jerusalem, Israel ---- June 10, 2011 .... Fathers 4 Justice Israel has endorsed The Love for Israel Relief Fund proposal for calling for outsourced child welfare services in Israel. According to the proposal, outsourcing services saved the welfare system in Illinois and would also rescue Israel's failed welfare system. The Israel state-run infrastructure has reached a boiling point after government employed social workers went on strike in March 2011 and returned to work only to be dragged...
  • ‘We must abandon the claim that the (family) court has been acting in children’s best interests’

    09/08/2010 12:56:40 PM PDT · by fathers1 · 11 replies · 1+ views ^ | 9/2/2010 | Robert Franklin, Esq.
    How many times have you heard or read the phrase “the best interests of the child?” If you read much about family law and family courts, the probable answer is “more times than I can count.” Indeed, establish a Google Alert for the phrase and you’ll get links to several articles, court cases, op-eds, etc. a day, every day of the week. In Canada the “best interests of the child” has been raised by the Supreme Court to a level of importance that trumps even constitutional considerations. So, with the phrase in such common usage and so vital to custody...
  • Can any freeper access a Wiley InterScience Law Article? re: family court destroying my family.

    05/20/2009 7:01:10 AM PDT · by George from New England · 11 replies · 1,148+ views
    Wiley InterScience ^ | Sept 2003 | Judge
    The link has not worked for too many so I will post the abstract below. I hope a freeper can access and if copyrighted, send me the article by freeper email. The train is on track to permanently removing our grandchildren (3 and 1 yr old) from our lives, forever. We suspect that we have an activist judge presiding over our family case and because of the color of different people involved, we may not be able to get a fair and balance outcome. So far the hearings have consistently gone against the biological paternal grandparents, solely based on social...
  • Default Daddyhood

    01/12/2009 10:55:29 PM PST · by FormerACLUmember · 37 replies · 1,513+ views
    Reason ^ | January 12, 2009 | r. balko
    Another wrongful-paternity case from hell: When Walter Sharpe received the certified letter on Feb. 6, 2001, he knew the complaint for child support was a mistake. Andre Sharpe had a different date of birth, a different Social Security number and different previous addresses. Andre Sharpe also had an 11-year-old daughter with a woman in Harrisburg, and Walter Sharpe knew he had been to Harrisburg only once, to register a car. He also knew he hadn't fathered a child to a woman named Terri Jones on that trip. So he ignored it. Big mistake. A court entered a default judgment against...
  • Are Single Mothers the 'New American Family?'

    10/04/2006 11:07:34 AM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 37 replies · 1,327+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 10/3/06 | By Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks
    Call it the backlash against the backlash. Over the past decade, Americans have increasingly understood that the divorce revolution, fatherlessness and single parent households are harming our children. Now those who view the traditional family as disadvantageous to women are firing back, defending women who choose single motherhood and depicting fathers as superfluous. Last fall Stanford University Gender Scholar Peggy Drexler penned the highly-publicized book Raising Boys Without Men: How Maverick Moms Are Creating the Next Generation of Exceptional Men. This month Oxford Press released Wellesley College Women's Studies Professor Rosanna Hertz’s Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice: How Women...
  • Shared Parenting Initiative Helps Women, Too

    09/26/2006 12:50:22 PM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 19 replies · 529+ views
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | 9/26/06 | By Mike McCormick and Glenn Sacks
    Jane is a successful career woman. She has moved up rapidly in a competitive field, and is advancing her career by attending business school at night. Bob works out of their home and does most of the childcare. If Bob decides he doesn’t want Jane anymore, should he be able to take her kids away and push her to the margins of their lives? The opponents of the North Dakota Shared Parenting Initiative think he should. Under the NDSPI, unless a parent is unfit, both parents in a divorce will have joint legal and physical custody of their children. By...
  • Schwarzenegger Should Veto AB 2051

    09/20/2006 2:14:57 PM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 4 replies · 422+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 9/20/06 | Mike McCormick and Glenn Sacks
    Schwarzenegger Should Veto AB 2051 By Mike McCormick and Glenn Sacks The California Assembly just passed a domestic violence bill which will perpetuate the state’s harmful policy of excluding men and their children from receiving state-funded domestic violence services. Under AB 2051, only “battered women” are eligible for the shelters, hotel vouchers, counseling and legal services the state provides victims of domestic violence. Governor Schwarzenegger should veto this misguided legislation. Because AB 2051 is based on the discredited premise that men are rarely the victims of intimate partner abuse, the bill has aroused considerable opposition from domestic violence researchers and...
  • New American Bar Association Article Points to Crisis in False Paternity Judgments

    08/22/2006 4:03:20 PM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 31 replies · 1,174+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 8/22/06 | By Mike McCormick and Glenn Sacks
    Child support enforcement programs are supported by all sides of the political spectrum, from women’s advocates on the left to traditionalists on the right. While this popularity is sometimes understandable, it has also allowed glaring and inexcusable abuses to fester and grow. Of these, none is more egregious than when men are forced to pay 18 years of child support for children who are not theirs, and who in many cases they’ve never even met. In “The Innocent Third Party: Victims of Paternity Fraud,” a new article in the American Bar Association's Family Law Quarterly, Washington DC attorney Ronald K....
  • Respect a Man's Choice, Too

    08/09/2006 11:27:38 AM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 7 replies · 732+ views
    AlterNet ^ | 8/9/06 | By Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks
    In Kai Ma’s recent AlterNet column “The Difference Between a Womb and a Wallet” (7/26/06) she applauds a U.S. District Court judge’s quick, contemptuous dismissal of Matt Dubay’s “Roe v. Wade for Men” lawsuit. Dubay sought to wipe out the child support payments he is obligated to make to an ex-girlfriend who, he says, used a fallacious claim of infertility to deceive him into getting her pregnant. In opposing “Choice for Men,” Ma asserts that a “woman's decision to terminate a pregnancy is not the equivalent of a man's choice to financially opt out of fatherhood.” She cites the pain...
  • Brett Myers Case Obscures an Important Truth About Domestic Violence Arrests

    08/07/2006 12:32:38 PM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 10 replies · 793+ views
    Delaware County Daily Times [Philadelphia] ^ | 8/8/06 | By Mike McCormick and Glenn Sacks
    An important truth has been lost in the controversy over the way the Philadelphia Phillies handled pitcher Brett Myers after his recent arrest for spousal abuse. Mrs. Myers’ injuries and the accounts of several witnesses leave little reason to doubt her husband’s culpability. Nevertheless, the Phillies at first reserved judgment about the case, and allowed Myers to pitch. This was wrong, as the team admitted after widespread criticism, and Myers was given a leave of absence. However, in many domestic violence cases the men arrested do deserve the open mind and support which the Phillies mistakenly extended Myers. Spousal abuse...
  • Philadelphia Daily News Unfairly Stereotypes Dads

    08/02/2006 12:38:07 PM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 19 replies · 905+ views
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 8/2/06 | Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks
    Child support debtors are everybody’s favorite punching bag. The Daily News is apparently no exception, as reporter Dana DiFillippo recently penned two ill-advised, one-sided critiques of divorced and separated fathers. In Jail Threat Springs $$, DiFillippo highlights the story of a local "deadbeat” who offered a judge a “list of reasons why he had failed to pay almost $16,000" in child support. The judge “barks” at these explanations and gives the surprised father two months in jail. DiFillippo approvingly quotes prosecutor Maria McLaughlin, who “chalked up another victory” with the case, as McLaughlin blames the debtor for his incarceration. According...
  • NOW at 40: Group’s Opposition to Shared Parenting Contradicts Its Goal of Gender Equality

    07/31/2006 12:12:29 PM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 19 replies · 748+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 7/31/06 | By Mike McCormick and Glenn Sacks
    The National Organization for Women turned 40 this summer, and formally celebrated its anniversary at its national conference in July. NOW President Kim Gandy has proudly recounted her organization's successes in opening up opportunities for women, and says they are “never giving up the dream of full equality for all.” Unfortunately, on some issues – particularly in family law and child custody – NOW's policies and actions contradict its ideals of “full equality for all.” This is most evident in the group's dogged opposition to joint custody and shared parenting. The logic behind shared parenting is hard to dispute. Kids...
  • NOW at 40: Group’s Opposition to Shared ParentingContradicts Its Goal of Gender Equality

    07/31/2006 12:01:58 PM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 8 replies · 476+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 7/31/06 | Glenn Sacks
    The National Organization for Women turned 40 this summer, and formally celebrated its anniversary at its national conference in July. NOW President Kim Gandy has proudly recounted her organization's successes in opening up opportunities for women, and says they are “never giving up the dream of full equality for all.” Unfortunately, on some issues – particularly in family law and child custody – NOW's policies and actions contradict its ideals of “full equality for all.” This is most evident in the group's dogged opposition to joint custody and shared parenting. The logic behind shared parenting is hard to dispute. Kids...
  • Injured Reno Judge popular target for angry parents (fathers' rights v. judicial tyrrany?)

    06/14/2006 4:23:59 AM PDT · by ProCivitas · 93 replies · 2,512+ views
    LasVegas Sun/AP ^ | 6/12/06 | Angie Wagner
    Injured Reno judge popular target for angry parents By ANGIE WAGNER ASSOCIATED PRESS A lot of people don't like Chuck Weller, and to some it was no surprise when he was shot Monday in the chest as he stood near a third-floor courthouse window. As a family court judge in Reno, Nev., Weller decides how to split up families and who should pay the most child support. And when he rules against a parent in the volatile world of family court justice, he sometimes is regarded as the enemy. Local businessman Darren Mack, who had recent court dealings with the...
  • Judge in Reno shot at courthouse

    06/12/2006 11:48:18 AM PDT · by Brian Mosely · 573 replies · 20,660+ views
    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A judge has been shot at a courthouse in Reno, a police spokesman says.
  • Father's Rights Book May Be Banned By Massachusetts Court.

    03/24/2006 10:43:07 AM PST · by Orlando · 59 replies · 2,290+ views
    ANCPR ^ | 3-21-06 | ANCPR
    On Wed,March 22, there will be a hearing in Essex County Court in Massachusetts, which could result in the banning of a book by Fathers rights(Pro-Family) activist, Kevin Thompson. Kevin Thompson has been fighting a long and lonely battle in the Essex Probate and Family Court to try to be able to be a father to his son. Several months ago, the court impounded the records of the trial and Judge DeGangi has recently granted a restraining order forbidding Kevin from distributing his book, EXPOSING THE CORRUPTION IN THE MASSACHUSETTS FAMILY COURTS.
  • Circumcision battle lands parents of eight-year-old in US court

    02/18/2006 6:34:25 PM PST · by dpa5923 · 435 replies · 7,142+ views
    AFP ^ | 18 Feb 2006 | AFP
    CHICAGO (AFP) - A clash over of their son's circumcision has landed the parents of an eight-year-old Illinois boy in a US court where there is no apparent precedent. A Cook County judge ordered the mother in the case not to have her son circumcised until the court can hear arguments from the child's father, who opposes the operation, and decide if it is in the boy's best interest. Jews and Muslims circumcise their sons for religious reasons. But this case instead involves shifting medical and cultural preferences, which have recently become a matter of debate in the United States....
  • Have Anti-Father Family Court Policies Led to a Men's Marriage Strike?

    07/07/2002 10:55:29 PM PDT · by FreedomFriend · 210 replies · 1,653+ views ^ | 07/05/02 | Glenn Sacks and Dianna Thompson
    Kathleen is attractive, successful, witty, and educated. She also can't find a husband. Why? Because most of the men this thirty-something software analyst dates do not want to get married. These men have Peter Pan Syndrome--they refuse to commit, refuse to settle down, and refuse to "grow up." However, given the family court policies and divorce trends of today, Peter Pan is no naive boy, but instead a wise man. "Why should I get married and have kids when I could lose those kids and most of what I've worked for at a moment's notice?" asks Dan, a 31 year-old...
  • Bad Judge Caught on Camera in Lancaster, PA: The Tip of the Iceberg

    12/25/2005 6:13:22 AM PST · by found_one · 3 replies · 1,028+ views ^ | Oct 6, 2005 | Ron Harper
    Read Our Series on Child Custody in Hummer: A Humdinger of a Judge! See the photos Judge Hummer doesn't want you to see! October 6, 2005 Why would a Lancaster County Judge not want you to see evidence that cleared a man of criminal charges? has been following family court Judge, Wayne Hummer, after receiving many complaints regarding Hummer's bias and improper rulings that damage families and destroy careers and lives. The accusations came from many quarters and from people from all walks of life. The accusations were seemingly outrageous, but were they true? After spending over a...
  • PBS Documentary “Breaking the Silence”: Evidently a Conspiracy

    12/19/2005 1:52:46 PM PST · by Fido969 · 6 replies · 679+ views
    Men's News Daily ^ | Sunday, December 18, 2005 | David R. Usher
    In October, PBS released a scandalous documentary about domestic violence titled “Breaking the Silence”. Despite studied science on the issue, the producers of the show intentionally censored all information contrary to their partisan mission, which we know now was to go to extraordinary lengths portraying fathers as batterers who take custody of children as the final act of abuse.
  • CPTV Show Earns A Rebuke

    12/14/2005 6:19:30 PM PST · by Fido969 · 1 replies · 273+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | December 14, 2005 | ROGER CATLIN
    CPTV Show Earns A Rebuke PBS Ombudsman Criticizes Child-Support Documentary December 14, 2005 By ROGER CATLIN, Courant TV Critic The new ombudsman for PBS wasn't going to start his work until later this month. But criticism of a nationally distributed documentary, co-produced by Connecticut Public Television this fall, got him started early. "Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories," which aired in October, "was a flawed presentation," Michael Getler concluded in his first report as Public Broadcasting Service ombudsman Dec. 2. He hadn't intended to write his first report until Dec. 20 but he wanted to respond "while the events are still...
  • Father's bid to have son returned is stymied (VAWA at work)

    12/09/2005 7:40:49 AM PST · by Fido969 · 26 replies · 1,222+ views
    Kennebeck Journal ^ | December 08, 2005 | DOUG HARLOW
    Thursday, December 08, 2005 Father's bid to have son returned is stymied By DOUG HARLOW Staff Writer E-mail this story to a friend NORRIDGEWOCK -- Bruce Holt of Martin Stream Road says the city of Elizabethtown, Ky., must have a saying similar to the half-joking "Welcome to Maine, now go home." The Elizabethtown version, he said, goes something like: "Welcome to Hardin County -- good luck getting your son back." Holt, along with his brother Eric Holt and nephew Dana Knight, traveled 1,300 miles by car to Elizabethtown, 44 miles south of Louisville, this past week to bring Holt's 7-month-old...
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting Report: 'No Hint of Balance in Breaking the Silence'

    11/30/2005 3:36:20 PM PST · by Fido969 · 4 replies · 399+ views
    men's news daily ^ | 11/30/05 | mens news daily ed
    Wednesday, November 30, 2005 Corporation for Public Broadcasting Report: 'No Hint of Balance in Breaking the Silence' CPB notes: it had no role in reviewing research, production or content; CPB ombudsmen involved only post-broadcast. MND NEWSWIRE - The Corporation for Public Broadcasting released a report Tuesday which endorsed the central charges made by fatherhood advocates protesting PBS's film Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories. CPB Ombudsman Ken A. Bode declared that there is "no hint of balance in Breaking the Silence." Bode noted: "The father's point of view is ignored as are new strategies for lessening the damage to children in...
  • No Way To Treat Our Soldiers

    09/08/2005 7:10:39 AM PDT · by George from New England · 6 replies · 565+ views
    Eagle Forum ^ | Sept. 7, 2005 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Gallant Americans are risking life and limb in Iraq to defend Home and Country. But they never dreamed they might lose their children, too. When Army National Guard Spc. Joe McNeilly of Grand Ledge, Michigan came home after 15 months in Iraq, he found that a family court "referee" had taken away his joint custody of his 10-year-old son and given full custody and control to the boy's mother. For five years, McNeilly had had a 50-50 no-problem custody arrangement with his ex-girlfriend Holly Erb. When called up to go to Iraq, he gave her temporary full custody while he...
  • Judge returns children to accused killer

    04/21/2005 11:13:31 AM PDT · by Woodstock · 9 replies · 951+ views
    Cecil whig ^ | Thursday, April 21, 2005 8:48 AM EDT | Mike Spector
    An Elkton man accused of murdering his brain-damaged wife by keeping her locked in a bedroom regained custody of his three daughters Wednesday. Judge Dexter M. Thompson Jr. returned the children to John Joseph Dougherty, 53, after a hearing that lasted all afternoon in circuit court. The county's social services department took custody of the children Feb. 25, after police found their mother dead on a mattress amidst squalid conditions in their Chestnut Drive home.
  • Court to rule on link between custody, support

    01/14/2005 5:46:26 AM PST · by Fido969 · 16 replies · 636+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | Thursday, January 13, 2005 | KIRK MAKIN
    Court to rule on link between custody, support By KIRK MAKIN JUSTICE REPORTER Thursday, January 13, 2005 - Page A7 E-mail this Article The last thing Joanne Contino expected after she increased her ex-husband's access to their son was to see a judge slash her child-support payments. The dramatic reduction, to just over $50 a month from $563 a month, was meant to reflect a shift of parental responsibility toward her husband, Joseph Contino. Instead, the case has sent a shudder of concern through the family law bar and illustrates a growing state of confusion surrounding joint-custody arrangements. The Ontario...
  • Man paid $20,000 in support for nonexistent child

    12/15/2004 6:09:56 AM PST · by kiki04 · 18 replies · 1,707+ views
    Free New Mexican ^ | Dec 13 | staff
    Man paid $20,000 in support for nonexistent child The Associated Press December 13, 2004 ALBUQUERQUE — Steve Barreras’ attorney said he had never seen anything like it. After Barreras was hauled into court, peppered with threats and demands for money for a child he adamantly denied fathering five years ago and even paid out $20,000 to support, his ex-wife was under a judge’s order to produce the child. So last week, Viola Trevino picked up a 2-year-old girl and her grandmother off the street, promised them a trip to see Santa Claus and $50 and took the girl to court,...
  • Could your kids be given to 'gay' parents?

    07/01/2004 5:02:35 AM PDT · by joesnuffy · 21 replies · 612+ views
    WND ^ | July 1, 2004 | Stephen Baskerville
    Thursday, July 1, 2004 Could your kids be given to 'gay' parents? Posted: July 1, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern By Stephen Baskerville © 2004 In the debate over gay marriage, strikingly little attention has been paid to the impact on children. Some question the wisdom of having children raised by two homosexuals, but the best they can seem to argue is that serious flaws vitiate the literature defending it. Almost no attention has been devoted to what may be the more serious political question of who will supply the children of gay "parents," since obviously they cannot produce children...
  • Overweight child removed from parents' home by Swedish judge

    03/12/2004 12:30:37 PM PST · by geros · 26 replies · 308+ views
    A judge in Sweden has removed a five year old girl from her parent's custody and placed her in a specialized institution. This dramatic decision is meant to protect her: the child weighs 86 pounds, about twice as much as is average for a five-year old. The little girls' legs are bending wrongly because they cannot bear her weight and she has difficulty walking. Because her parents have not done anything about the problem, the judge has taken action. In his opinion, the child's health is at serious risk: she could develop diabetes and heart disease according to the Swedish...
  • The lid's off New Zealand's Family Courts: "Racist, Sexist, Abusive, Biased, Crook and Criminal"

    01/07/2004 2:22:59 PM PST · by shaggy eel · 39 replies · 350+ views
    Newsletter subscription ^ | January 8 2003 | Muriel Newman
    While the Christmas season is a time of joy and hope for many families, others struggle with the aftermath of messy divorces and separations – Christmas presents and cards returned unopened, children denied visits with non-custodial mums, dads and grandparents, police action threatened over un-solicited phone calls to the children … and on and on. Almost no one can dispute that family law in New Zealand is in a real mess, which is why changes presently being recommended by a Select Committee of the Australian Federal Parliament deserve scrutiny. Last year the Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, took a proactive...
  • Convicted Murderess Can Get Custody but Decent Fathers Can't

    09/22/2003 9:06:47 AM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 17 replies · 213+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9/19/03 | Glenn Sacks
    Convicted Murderess Can Get Custody but Decent Fathers Can't By Glenn Sacks Clara Harris, a Texas woman who was convicted of murdering her husband in March, was just granted joint custody of her twin five year-old boys. The ruling validates what fathers' and children's advocates have been saying for years--when it comes to children, many courts believe that mothers can do no wrong. While Clara Harris' murder conviction was not enough to deprive her of equal rights to her children, hundreds of thousands of fathers have been thrown out of their homes and driven out of their children's lives by...
  • Primary Caregiver Fathers: THE Wave Of The Future

    12/26/2002 5:38:43 PM PST · by Z in Oregon · 46 replies · 1,046+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 11/99 | Kristin Komarnicki
    North American Report/Fatherhood At-Home Dads Gather and Bond by Kristyn Komarnicki in Des Plaines, Illinois At a November 21 convention in suburban Chicago, 100 American men gathered to network, listen to experts, and exchange strategies for improving job performance. But any resemblance to corporate America ended there. Dress was casual, the atmosphere noncompetitive, and topics included ways to support working spouses, tips on defusing a two-year-old's temper tantrums, and the desire to see more diaper-changing tables installed in men's restrooms. Giving voice to the growing ranks of men engaged in full-time fatherhood, the third annual At-Home Dads Convention in Des...
  • Marriage, Christianity, and Stay-at-Home-Dads

    12/26/2002 5:31:44 PM PST · by Z in Oregon · 3 replies · 558+ views
    CHRISTIANITY TODAY ^ | 12/26/02 | Suzanne Fisher
    When Eric and Jody courted during graduate school, they assumed that when the time came to raise a family, Eric would work and Jody would stay home with the kids. Six years later, things looked different. "I liked my job, but Jody loved hers," says Eric. "Jody made lots more money than I ever could have. It became clear to each of us that she should work and I should stay home. We came to this decision through a lot of prayer and by discussing it with our church friends ad nauseum."Three children later, Eric is passionate about being a...
  • Would Someone put the "Family" Back in Family Law?

    11/29/2002 2:36:36 PM PST · by yobyddub · 12 replies · 261+ views
    The Ripoff ^ | Nov 12, 2002 | Mark A. Peterson
    The Hidden Hardship in Family Law By Mark A. Peterson CPA, Defendant What do Microsoft and the practice of Family Law have in common? Both are in industries that make a lot of money for attorneys feeding from their offal. Last year, over $8 billion was paid to attorneys who practice Family Law. Jilted spouses and abandoned plaintiffs will readily concede that they were worth every dime. Who can argue when the battle is joined in the interests of providing for the reasonable needs of the marital children? The conflict is often a titanic struggle. To the victor goes the...
  • The Politics of Fatherhood

    11/26/2002 4:57:11 AM PST · by RogerFGay · 49 replies · 832+ views
    American Political Science Association ^ | Dec. 2002 | Stephen Baskerville
    The Politics of Fatherhood Stephen Baskerville, Howard University Fatherhood is rapidly becoming the number one social policy issue in America. President Bill Clinton stated in 1995 that "the single biggest social problem in our society may be the growing absence of fathers from their children's homes, because it contributes to so many other social problems." In 1997, Congress created task forces to promote fatherhood, and in 1998 the governors' and mayors' conferences followed. President George W. Bush recently unveiled a $315 million dollar package for "responsible fatherhood." Nonprofit organizations such as the National Fatherhood Initiative were formed in the...
  • Sex, Equality, And Kidding Ourselves Into Believing In Reason And Accountability

    04/15/2002 12:21:49 AM PDT · by Good Tidings Of Great Joy · 16 replies · 524+ views
    TooGood Reports ^ | 4/15/02 | Fred Reed
    Men of today's older generation grew up in the chivalric miasma of their time, which held that women were morally superior to men, and that civilized men protected women against any available vicissitude. A corollary was that women needed protecting. So common has this understanding been throughout history that one may suspect it of being based in ancient instinct: In a less hospitable world, if men didn't protect women, something disagreeable would eat them, and then there would be no more people. So men did. And do. Instincts have consequences, particularly when the circumstances requiring them cease to exist....
  • No Justice For Fathers: Where Every Day Is Mother's Day

    04/07/2002 1:42:11 PM PDT · by The Giant Apricots · 136 replies · 1,267+ views
    The Courier Times ^ | April 7, 2002 | Anthony Mariani
    Family court. What could we say about it? I feel a name change is in order. It should be referred to as mother's court, since every day in family court seems to be mother's day. Fathers rarely seem to receive any justice there. Why? Because of the many deadbeat dads of the past? How is this fair to all of the good fathers who fulfill their parental and financial obligations? It is not fair! This so-called system of justice is in need of a major overhaul. Any good father who has ever had the misfortune of appearing in family court...
  • "Manhood Is A Terrible Thing To Waste": Cleaning Up After Radical Feminism

    04/07/2002 1:32:09 PM PDT · by The Giant Apricots · 1 replies · 256+ views
    Cleaning Up After Radical Feminism: Manhood Is A Terrible Thing To WasteGerald L. Rowles, Ph.D.April 8, 2002 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts. - Mal:4:3: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. - Mal:4:6: In two previous companion pieces I've reviewed the social nihilism of radical feminism, and the niggerization...