Category Archives: Child Custody

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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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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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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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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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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Please Read My Letter – A Parent’s Plea to NPR

I was very moved today to write about the pathology of the Family Court to Representative Urban of Stonington, CT after hearing her speak on NPR’s “Where We Live” and share the trauma that this inflicts on children in Connecticut: (The following is what I posted on Facebook. Go to the end of this article and…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Constitution state Egregiously Unconstitutional

Connecticut, or otherwise known as the Constitution State, may have a small population but has one of the most energetic activist groups in the U.S. So, why are so many parents up in arms in Connecticut? Most non-custodial parents in Connecticut only see their children 2-4 times per month! These are fit and loving parents…

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When Parents Try to Tell Someone There is a Problem in Family Court…

You try to talk to your neighbor or your child’s teacher and tell them that you really didn’t do anything wrong but that the judge ignored your civil rights, and you most likely are met with disbelief. Worse, if you try to bring up the fact that civil rights exist in family law to your…

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Musings of a “non-custodial” mom

Fielding off well-meaning comments from the public is a skill that every outcasted parent needs to learn. We live in a culture where children are at the forefront of everything. When your children are not with you, and you utter to anyone that you have kids, brace yourself. From elderly relatives who don’t understand how…

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DAILY TOOL: Frequency vs. Duration of Parent-Child Contact

TOOL OF THE DAY: Frequency vs. Duration of Parent-Child Contact CATEGORY: Family Law Many statutes say that the goal is to protect the relationship between the parent and the child in divorce. I know that’s the public policy here in Texas. In fact the statute reads: “The public policy of this state is to: (1) assure…

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DAILY TOOL: Judges have a duty to report child abuse

TOOL OF THE DAY: Judges have a duty to report child abuse CATEGORY: Family Law Caselaw Judges are not special in that they get to ignore child abuse, neglect, or endangerment. And respecting the rights of parents does not endanger children. As discussed in yesterday’s blog as well, judges do not have to ignore the…

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DAILY TOOL: Texas Supreme Court rules “Best Interest of the Child” is not used to Protect Children…

TOOL OF THE DAY: Mediated Settlement Agreements – MSA – Best Interest is not intended to be Used to Protect Children CATEGORY: Family Law Caselaw – Statutory This post is about a ruling that the Texas Supreme Court made on a MSA not being approved by the trial court. However, there is some very good…

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DAILY TOOL: Do states have a Conflict of Interest in Child Custody?

TOOL OF THE DAY: Conflicts of Interest – The State is a Party CATEGORY: Family Law Caselaw This caselaw counters the BS about the state not being a party in divorce or custody issues. The simple fact that the state asserts an interest in deciding what is in a child’s best interest makes the state…

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Breaking News!!! Texas has an Equal Parenting Bill introduced by Rep Gilbert Pena HB2363!

  Texas finally has an Equal Parenting Bill that has been introduced Thursday, March 4, 2015 by Representative Gilbert Pena. This Bill has been given the number HB2363. Subscribe to our mailing list for updates on Parenting Bills in Texas Ron Palmer and Stuart McMullen will be meeting with Representative Pena Thursday afternoon to go…

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Co-Parenting vs. Parallel Parenting – When it is healthier to disengage from the other parent…

DAILY TOOL OF THE DAY: Co-Parenting vs. Parallel Parenting – When it is healthier to disengage from the other parent… CATEGORY: Family Law, Parental Alienation Do parents need to get along in order to have equal time with their child? Should co-parenting be the standard for deciding whether or not the child gets equal time with…

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DAILY TOOL: Social Studies

TOOL OF THE DAY: Social Studies CATEGORY: Family Law Your family code defines what power the court has to order a social study. The code should also states what criteria has to be met before a social study can be ordered. In Texas Family Code section 107.051 the judge is given the power to order…

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DAILY TOOL: How Might a Child Therapist Affect Your Child Custody Outcome?

TOOL OF THE DAY: Child Therapists and Parenting Facilitators CATEGORY: Family Law Child therapists do not determine the best interest of your child unless you authorize them to do so. One way that you can counter some of what a therapist is testifying to in your case is to ask them questions that they have…

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DAILY TOOL: What Did the Court Just Teach Your Children?

TOOL OF THE DAY: Empowering Children in Harmful Ways CATEGORY: Family Law Culture Has your judge ever asked you to “Think about what you two are teaching your children?” Asks you how you want to influence them and what you want to teach them. And then the judge strips one of you of most of your…

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DAILY TOOL: Motion for Protective Order Sample Template

TOOL OF THE DAY: Protective Order Sample Template CATEGORY: Family Law Templates If you have been served discovery, asked to do a social study, psych eval, custody evaluation, submit to a counselor or any other type of search you can ask your attorney (if you have one) whether they can file something like this on…

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DAILY TOOL: I told the Judge No, Now What? Protect Yourself from Family Court Discovery…

TOOL OF THE DAY: A Simple Proven Method for Protecting Yourself from Discovery CATEGORY: Family Law Procedure When a divorce is filed, the judge makes orders right away. These orders trigger things that you will be told that you have to do. We help you understand what is happening in ways that your attorney might…

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Rally Honors Those Who Fight and Have Fallen to Protect Rights in Divorce

Families all over America are grateful for the soldiers who have sacrificed their own comforts and sometimes even their own life to protect the one document that protects your rights and liberties, the Constitution. It’s the Constitution that protects your right to be free from government interference into your private family life, your right to…

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The movie “The Judge” highlights our divorce culture stereotype

What is everyone missing in their reviews of this movie? Something you would only catch if you’ve been through it of course, the looming child custody battle. I was all ready to watch a movie about a father and son with an estranged relationship in the new Robert Downey, Jr. movie “The Judge.” What I…

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Reclaim your Identity

SUBSCRIBE to this blog for cutting edge family court effective tools, cutting edge strategies, motivational support, and training bonuses. This is Sherry Palmer taking the trauma of the family courts and converting that into strength, energy, and power. She has a no BS transparent approach. –Begin Transcript– I believe that your identity is what makes…

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Is Excessive child support destroying families and our national economy?

Is our country on the verge of a new epidemic left over from an old regime? Bankruptcy, joblessness, and incarceration have become synonymous with divorce and child custody proceedings. Could outrageous child support awards be one of the culprits? Deadbeat dads are the scourge of our nation, or so the government would have you believe. Married…

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Will the Constitution help Kelly Rutherford bring her children back from France to the U.S.?

I think not! Kelly Rutherford was on CBS last night because she claims she lost a custody battle in the family law trial courts to the father who now lives in France.[i] Might I remind you that she has 50/50 custody and as Robert Franklin, esq. (writer for Nationalparents.org) so aptly put it, “…50% custody…

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What do you do when there is no attorney that knows how to protect you?    

Have you ever been told, “Well you had an attorney didn’t you? So what are you complaining about?” You are treated like that was enough, like that was sufficient. And then they look at you funny and act like they don’t understand why you are complaining. They act confused about why you didn’t like the…

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GRANDPARENTS HAVE THE RIGHT TO RAISE YOUR GRANDCHILD WHEN…

Grandparents do have rights. If the biological parent of their grandchild wants to designate them to care for the child as opposed to the State or CPS or DHS adopting them out or placing them into foster care, it is certain that they have the right to have the child as designated by the fit…

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The top 5 reasons your family law attorney might be failing you and what you can do about it…

Watch this video and learn how to STOP throwing your money away and get an attorney-parent agreement template* that could save you tens of thousands of dollars… SAVE yourself from years or a lifetime of heartache and heartbreak… Not getting the results that you want?** Don’t feel heard? You’ll leave knowing what your parental rights…

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BREAKING FREE OF THE FAMILY COURT CHAINS…TYDA WEBINAR 4

BREAKING THE CHAINS CREATED BY THE FAMILY COURTS… So many people are suffering from being forced into more family studies/home studies, more therapy, and more attorney bills and have no idea how to make it end…don’t let this happen to you! So many people are suffering from being broke because you fought to be with…

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Would I Have Paid an Attorney If I had Known…

…that they were going to subject me to a costly, time-consuming, gut wrenching, life altering battle that could have been avoided by applying my constitutional parental rights in the first place! (By the way, choosing not to apply the constitution does not mean that the constitution does not apply to the family courts. It means…

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“God Blessed Me With an Angel…” and then I got Divorced

…And no divorce court has the right to deprive me and you. “Believe half of what you see and nuttin what you’re told.” Post by The Fathers’ Rights Movement. For some people it’s maybe a scent that bring them back home. For me, it’s sounds. The cantor of a voice and the diction of the…

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DIVORCE 101 Launching in Dallas Texas D.I.V.A.S.

Sherry and Ron B Palmer are one of the speakers and trainers for D.I.V.A.S. DIVORCE 101 launching this Saturday in Flower Mound, Texas! They are one of the very few constitutional scholars, authors, coaches, and instructors to parents and attorneys all over the United States. They have launched a class that teaches parents how to…

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“I Am The System…”

“We live in a system that’s designed for us to fail….When they get older they are going to face a system that tells them there is no you.” ~Prentice Powell Allowing judges to force their idea of what kind of parent you should be to your child is nothing more than social engineering, systematically stripping…

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