Author Archives: Sherry Palmer

Hassellhoff Wants his Ex to Get a Job so He Can Stop Paying Spousal Support

David Hassellhoff has paid over 2.5 million in alimony. He has paid since 2006. Recently he filed to have the spousal maintenance eliminated stating that his ex-wife, Pamela, has failed to improve her job skills and is not seeking employment. Why has this argument failed for so many parents in family court in the past?…

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Making Parental Alienation a Criminal Offense

DEFINING PARENTAL ALIENATION Many organizations would like parental alienation to be considered child abuse. But before that can happen there needs to be a discussion about how to make this a crime, and what constitutes the crime. In other words, what gets included as being criminal, you cannot make it criminal for parents to express…

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Guardian ad Litems can Cost you Your Child Custody Case.

Another word for Guardian ad Litem, could be EXPLORATORY SEARCH! This is not something you want to subject yourself, your child, or your pocketbook to. The actual definition of Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is “a person appointed by a court as guardian of an infant or other person to act on his or her behalf in a particular action or proceeding.” (dictionary.com) APPOINTING A GAL If a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is assigned in your case, you need to know some…

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Chilling 911 call from Mother right After Killing her Children Day After Father Files for Divorce

Two killer mothers, same bad court process. This mother stabbed her two young children in the neck in November 2016. Her trial was set to begin last month. She has pleaded not guilty even after telling 9-1-1 she killed her children because she didn’t want her husband to get them in the divorce. Brandi Worley…

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Colorado Court Self-Help Website Promotes Biased Mother’s Group

When a group is clearly not neutral, should your court be providing them as a resource? Should the Colorado Judicial government website list groups who are promoting the destructive idea that women are the better caretakers and that men who challenge this are abusers? This website claims: “Roughly 80% of divorces in our country involve uncontested…

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Was Joint Custody Appropriate for Little Boy Jude Sandberg Killed by Mother in Orono?

Is joint custody appropriate in situations such as Jude? The appellate court reviewed this question recently and rendered their opinion on April 3, 2017, just a few short months before Jude was killed by his mother in Orono.  Despite the high conflict between the parents, allegations of mental health of the mother, allegation of a…

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Mother kills son after loses child custody dispute that was to end in equal 50-50 custody

Father, Jeff Sandberg, and his family have suffered a terrible loss. He has decided to turn his tragedy into an effort to change the laws in Minnesota. He has started these efforts even before his son’s burial. The law that he wants to change has to do with psych evals. This is somewhat interesting since…

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Joint Custody Bill HB 4691 Passes Committee and Prohibits Parents From Living More Than 80 Miles Apart

H.B. 4691 Michigan Joint Custody Bill passes 6-3. Republicans for the bill and Democrats against. Many states are commending themselves for passing bills they call joint custody, shared, parenting, or equal parenting bills. But what is really going on and what do these really mean. Let’s take a little closer look at 4691. It’s a…

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Washington State’s Equal Parenting Law is Being Ignored!

Washington State has had an equal parenting law since 2002! Who knew? The law is RCW 26.16.125 and reads: “Custody of children. Henceforth the rights and responsibilities of the parents in the absence of misconduct shall be equal, and one parent shall be as fully entitled to the custody, control and earnings of the children…

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Gag Orders in Family Court Overturned with Constitutional Law

A pro se mother got some of her gag orders overturned by a Tennessee appellate court in a recent case ruling. The mother says she used the constitutional principles she learned from the Palmers book, NOT in the Child’s Best Interest. The appellate court stated that they had no “on point” case law to guide them…

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Interview of Sherry Palmer by Ted Fogg with RFIR Radio and Million Parent March

California, Washington State, and Texas family court and legislation discussed during this interview with Sherry Palmer, Michael Ferrini, Ted Fogg, and Johnny Panko. We talk with Michael Ferrini about how children are actually harmed by the state ignoring proper procedure necessary allegations in order to properly protect the children. Michael worked as a probation officer,…

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Why Did Equal Parenting Bill HB 453 in Texas Die?

Chair Dutton officially announces the death of the equal parenting bill HB 453 on May 3, 2017. And he makes an unprecedented public statement to all equal parenting proponents that as long as who they perceive as supporters of equal parenting are making threats (or what they perceive as threats — we have been told that…

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Best Interest Bill HB 1899 makes it through committee!

Jeremy Newman, Public Policy Director and Attorney Cecilia Wood for the Texas Homeschool Coalition’s hard work has paid off so far. They spent their time educating the house representatives that fit parents were losing their children to grandparents and CPS in violation of the constitution as interpreted by the Supreme Court of the United States…

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Two Bills with Death Threats – Equal Parenting Bill and Abortion Bill – Guess Which One is Still Moving Forward?

Texas Representative Tony Tinderholt, is sponsoring a controversial pro-life bill 948 with real death threats. And even though he and his wife and baby have to have police protection! The Blaze and the Dallas Morning News reports that “In spite of the threats, Tinderholt intends to continue fighting for his bill.” So questions have been stirring about…

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New Child Custody Enforcement Bill Filed in Texas Today HB 3883

Texas Representative James White has filed another powerful bill in the Texas Legislature this 85th session, HB 3883, relating to interference with possession or access to a child, with penalties. Noncustodial parents have been having difficulty enforcing their possession time with their children. It’s expensive and they couldn’t get help from law enforcement or the…

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Does ChanceTheRapper Know The Fight He Has Ahead of Him in Family Court?

The same reporter who sang ChanceTheRapper’s praises when he won 3 Grammys last month, might be changing her tune just because the rapper has not agreed to pay child support. When it comes to child support, even journalists are not immune to the biases that have been perpetuated by the family courts. Mary Mitchell of…

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Should You Coach Your Child Interview with the Judge?

Attorneys say that children should not have to worry about these adult issues yet the court is going to affect the time and access that child has with each of the parents, so yes the children will worry. The child is not divorcing the parents and should not lose time and access with one of…

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Parental Alienation Education Pleas Made to Board in California

Parental alienation is not junk science. Professor Ron Berglas says that the only reason that parental alienation has been able to be used by abusive parents is because the mental health professional has not properly been trained to identify parental alienation. Watch as Dr. Berglas testifies to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to urge…

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Removing Immunity from Guardian ad Litems

College funds are being stripped from children to pay the family courts. Courts are appointing Guardian ad Litems and AMCs in Connecticut who had unlimited authority, total immunity, and could bill without limit. Parents were threatened with jail if they did not pay. This was the picture in Connecticut 3 years ago. This father decided…

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State Bar lobbyists Oppose 50/50 Bill in Texas – Watch Testimony Here

TFLF (Texas Family Law Foundation) continues to make arguments against equal parenting bills in Texas. This year it’s HB 453 and last year it was HB 2363, even though the current laws have been shown to hurt children and parents. Representative White asks The Family Law Foundation President JoAl Cannon Sheridan questions about the equal…

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Wyoming Parental Rights Bill Passes Both House and Senate

This Bill, HB0153, sponsored by House Representative Mark Jennings, is just waiting for the President of the Senate and then the Governor to sign. Once that is done, this bill goes into effect on July 1, 2017. Parental rights receive protection in Wyoming.

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Mom Gets Texas D.A. to Enforce Penal Code for Child Custody Interference and Arrest Father

Parent withholding your child? Are you being alienated? This mother finally got a Texas District Attorney’s office to enforce the penal code regarding child custody interference. They arrested the father yesterday, March 2, 2017, and she was able to go and pick her children up immediately. Penal Code 25.03 says that a person is interfering…

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Texas State Bar Lobbying Arm Caught Misleading Legislators

The Texas Family Law Foundation (TFLF), a lobbying arm of the Texas State Bar, made a recent attack on parental rights bill, HB 453 in Texas; a Bill that puts an equal parenting time option into the family code. TFLF circulated a flyer to the members of the 85th legislature warning that if the legislators passed…

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Attorney General Indoctrinating High School Students Into Child Support Program

Did you know that as soon as your son signs the Attorney General’s paternity acknowledgment form he subjects himself to being jailed for a felony. Attorney General, Ken Paxton, in Texas is indoctrinating children into the child support program in their high school health classes through a “Parenting and Paternity Awareness (P.A.P.A.) program”. Failure to…

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Texas Legislative Equal Parenting Packet

You can get this packet for free from The National Family Law Policy Center here. Take with you when you are discussing why and how equal parenting protects children.

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ABA Says Child Support Program exists because of Deadbeat Dads

The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) says that Child Support is “good” for children and their most successful program to date. And one of the writers on the ABA blog writes that child support “IV-D only exists because of deadbeats…” But they don’t take a look at the destructive practices that this accomplishment drives.…

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Attorney General Ken Paxton on Child Support

When you think of child support, do you think of a child in need? That’s what we have been culturally conditioned to believe. Just like anything else, until we are educated, we only know what we are fed. What if you found out that child support was being used to enrich government officials in your…

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Prove to Me Why You Should Get 50/50…

Are the days of having to prove why you deserve equal custody of your child coming to an end? Looking through the history of the child custody laws in the state of Washington, you might not think so. Over the years, Washington residents have had several changes to their child custody statutes and no doubt…

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Should a Court Protect a Child from a Not so Great Parent?

Virtual Round Table is a new podcast with Stephen Krasner, guest blogger for Huffington Post, and Zena Crenshaw-Logal, J.D. Zena, around time marker 8:30 asks Stephen whether the court is “erring on the side of caution” and whether or not the court is justified when they create delays in order to keep a mother away from…

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Status Quo in Family Code Statutes are Going to Have to Change

This is a continuation of the last blog I wrote yesterday on how the Standard Possession order statutes managed to turn into minimum possession orders and weaved their way through the Family Code in Texas to whittle away at parental rights. So we have written 4 new Bills that several people are carrying to the…

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Was the Standard Possession Order ever Intended to be Standard?

According to Appellate Judge Puryear, the legislators never intended for the Standard Possession Order in Texas to be the standard default possession order. Judge Puryear states in a concurring opinion made in 2005 that the joint managing conservator statute § 153.001, mandates “only minimal restriction on either parent’s possession or access,” id. § 153.193. Puryear says…

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Appellate Judge in Texas Believes that Clear and Convincing Evidence is Required in SAPCR

Judge Puryear, a Texas appellate court judge, believes that preponderance of the evidence standard is too low for determining infringement of the care, custody, and control of a child. PROPERTY RECEIVES MORE PROTECTION IN FAMILY COURT THAN CHILDREN! Judge Puryear states that property receives more protection than a parent-child relationship by the family courts currently.…

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Appellate Judge Believes Fit Parents Are Entitled to Equal Rights.

According to Appellate Judge Puryear, in a concurring opinion in 2005 in Texas, the trial court judges have been applying the wrong standards and getting the intent of the joint custody portion of the family code wrong. He states that the joint managing conservator statute § 153.001, mandates “only minimal restriction on either parent’s possession or…

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Best Interest of the Child Senate Bill Fact Sheet

The National Family Law Policy Center evaluated and published their review of the newest Texas Senate Bill 816 sponsored by Senator Campbell affecting the Best Interest of the Child Statute. The Policy Center’s evaluation states that the “new text in the proposed bill appears to improve conditions for parents,” however, “it perpetuates presumptions that have been…

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Civil Rights Attorney Wins Big Again Against CPS

Tammi Stefano of The National Safe Child show interviews California civil rights Attorney Shawn McMillan who talks about how even he was at risk of having his children grabbed by CPS because he was litigating these cases. His children are grown now so he has much less to worry about. McMillan says that CPS “violate…

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APA Says Joint Custody is Healthier for Children…even Infants

Right now most state laws do not require a judge to order equal custody. That makes state laws contrary to the best interest of the child. The most recent study regarding infants and toddlers by Fabricius finds: “Contrary to some previous findings, the current study found benefits to both parent-child relationships associated with overnights (a) up…

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Equal Parenting Bill HB 453 in Texas has a Companion Bill in the Senate SB 816

In most states equal parenting bills are not addressing the problems that best interest leaves in place when it comes to a judge using best interest to get out of issuing an equal parenting bill. We have been complaining about best interest making equal parenting bills moot for years. And best interest being problematic because…

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Woman Sexually Assaulted by Family Court Marshal – A Reason All Courts Should be Videotaped

Monica Contreras was sexually assaulted following a hearing in her divorce case. In August of 2011, Marshal Ron Fox sexually assaulted this mother in the Clark County Courthouse. Then he arrested her and had her child taken. This is not a new story but one that is relevant for raising right now while legislators are…

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GAL Program Found to Be Operating Unethically for Years

A volunteer Guardian Ad Litem, Cynthia Bemis, and its VGAL program was found by Judge Anita Farris in Washington State, Snohomish County Superior Court to be engaged in abusive litigation tactics. This is just one of many recent cases of lying and engaging in harmful tactics by a state agency. Channel 5 Reporter Susana Frame…

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Iowa Proposed Joint Custody Bills Getting Major Push Back from the Bar and Domestic Violence Groups

It looks like Iowa is trying to move closer to an equal parenting presumption and their idea of an equal parenting law. Iowa has a House Bill and a sister Senate Bill that propose joint physical care. equal parenting bills that are getting quite a bit of opposition from C.P.S. saying that this presumption will increase domestic…

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Equal Parenting and Mental Health

Download, print, and take this Legislative talk sheet with you to present to your legislators: Equal-Parenting-Effects-on-Mental-Health

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Missouri’s Proposed Equal Parenting Bill — SB 377

Missouri has filed a House and a Senate Bill this year for equal parenting. Senate Bill (SB 377) was the newest Bill to be filed. This Bill adds an equal parenting presumption to the Missouri family code. “SB 377 – Adds a rebuttable presumption that equal or approximately equal parenting time with each parent is in…

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Legislative Bills in Texas – Find a Bill

If you want to find a Bill currently being proposed in Texas, you can Find your Bill number here. The current proposed equal parenting bill is HB 453 sponsored by James White (text of HB 453).  If you want to know if there are more bills regarding Equal parenting, click here and use the key words…

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Teen Mom 2 Kailyn Lowry and Javi Marroquin Settle on No Child Support

These two young parents, Kailyn Lowry and Javi Marroquin have settled on equal parenting, 50/50, and no child support. You might think, “Aha, I bet the attorneys are pissed, no more gravy train.” Or you might be thinking, “The state is never going to see a penny of their money now.” Unfortunately, this is not…

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Live Stream Video and Audio of Testimony on Legislative Bills in Texas – Find Links Here

Go here for live Recordings and Broadcasts of Floor and Committee Meetings and Hearings www.txlegis.com Proceedings Floor proceedings of the senate and the house of representatives and on-site committee proceedings, both during the legislative session and during the interim, are broadcast live online, on cable television, and via mobile devices at www.txlegis.com. Video and audio broadcasts…

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How do you Register to Testify for a Bill in Texas 85th Session 2017?

If you want to testify on a particular Bill in Texas, you can start your registration process early. (For more help on putting your testimony together, click here.) You can schedule an appointment to talk to any House Representative (click to see all) and Senator (click to see all) at any time. However, if you want to…

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Legislative Dates and Status of Bills in Texas 85th Session 2017

You can follow the status of Bills, how to contact your legislator, find important Bill dates, and how a legislator voted all through this link: Texas Legislature Online

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Noncustodial Parents in Illinois Can Receive Child Support!

See the case In Re Marriage of Turk (Illinois Supreme Court 2014). The court ruled that the custodial parent can be made to pay the noncustodial parent to alleviate the noncustodial parent’s inability to pay their share of their responsibility to support the child. “the final child support order may result in a “negative” payment…

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Illinois has a New Way to Calculate Child Support

“Up until now, Illinois has followed the “Percentage of Income” model of child support, calculating support based on a flat percentage of only the non-residential parent’s income without any consideration of the residential parent’s income.” Illinois is getting ready to join 39 other states where income calculations will not be based on both custodial and…

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Which legislators are interested in family law bills in Texas?

  There are multiple bills sponsored already in Texas that affect the parent-child relationship in one way or another. One bill makes it criminal for a Guardian ad Litem to release confidential information. Another bill puts a time limit of one year on a temporary order when the suit is filed by a nonparent. And…

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