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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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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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DAILY TOOL: Just Who Do You Think You Are…Are Judges and Attorneys Blaming Parents for Problems the Process is Causing?

DAILY TOOL: Just Who Do You Think You Are…Are Judges and Attorneys Blaming Parents for Problems the Process is Causing? TOOL OF THE DAY: Exercising Your Parental Authority After Divorce CATEGORY: Family Law Culture Have you ever wondered why people run to an attorney when their marriage is on the rocks in the first place?…

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Single Mother Home Statistics

Single Mother Home Statistics The following statistics were submitted by Paul Clements, a father in this fight, who has shared this compiled research. Much of the research is gender based because there has been a strong father initiative over the last decade to get father’s back into children’s lives after a monotropy standard (which by…

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My Declaratory Judgment Journey – Part 1

Filing a motion for Declaratory Judgment in Family Court is bound to raise some eyebrows. Should you go down this path? I believe every parent should. It’s prudent for your case. I have been going through the destructive Family Court for more than seven years. I have followed the rules and jumped through the hoops.…

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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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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 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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A sad day in Connecticut

Virtually all of the parental rights bills that were submitted to the Judiciary Committee for the 2017 legislative session in Connecticut have died in committee. AGAIN.  These are bills that Connecticut citizens have been trying to get passed for years and have had to unnecessarily recycle them, year after year. The bills all encompass the basic principle…

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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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New Bill SB 816 Filed to Challenge Best Interest of the Child Championed by Senator Campbell

Senator Campbell just filed a Bill yesterday that has the potential to put an end to the abuses created by “best interest of the child” standards. SB 816 can be looked at here. Senator Campbell had the foresight to know that just having equal parenting bills was not going to be enough. SB 816 is…

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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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Bullying abounds at big law firms, but it often goes unaddressed, survey finds

Workplace standards in many law firms remain in the Dark Ages. According to this study, bullying and lack of respect plagues many law firms. The study does not say what field of law attracts these types, but I can imagine that those who practice in Family Law fall into two categories: The bullies and the…

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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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Education Suffers when Parents are Denied Equal Parenting…

Remember that many Ph.D.’s will refer to “shared parenting”. Don’t let them get away with that. Insist on equal parenting as the starting point. Go to the post on equal parenting stats to support your argument that shared parenting must start with “equal!” Download this document here Shared-Parenting-effects-on-Education References from this document: Holstein, N. (2015, May…

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Support for Equal Parenting is Good for Children…

Forcing parents into high conflict litigation over rights each parent already has before they walk through the court doors, is harmful to children. Yep, even when parents disagree, it is better for children to be with each parent equally! “Hostility from a divorce is the best predictor of poor outcomes for children (Bonach 2005; Semple…

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Equal Parenting Bill in Texas – Second Most Searched Bill!

You know your doing good when the equal parenting bill is searched more than a gun carry bill. Second only to a bathroom bill.        If you want to follow the progress of this bill, go here. Add it to your Alert list today! Keep the pressure on these legislators and take your…

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Parental Rights Bill Template for Texas

You can take this Bill to your legislators in Texas and ask them to sponsor it. AN ACT for Parental Rights v2_1 FFC Bill They will add a Bill number to it and then you can distribute as a proposed bill once that happens. Send to us if you get it sponsored and we will then…

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Wyoming has a Proposed Parental Rights Bill that could end parental alienation and legal abuse!

Wyoming has a proposed parental rights bill, HB0153. And it is a really good one. Super simple and to the point. Hooray! But don’t get too excited yet. It hasn’t passed yet. It has a lot of sponsors but now you need to do the work to get it approved. Don’t let the work of…

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Nevermind applying Constitutional law to your court motions… how does one even absorb it all in the first place?

Finding yourself stuck in the maze of Family Court life, you are likely to run into a situation where you feel helpless (um, yeah that’s why you’re here, right?). Yet, while seeking knowledge about your parental rights is not a substitute for the representation of counsel, it helps move your case forward more efficiently if…

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Writing Policy: Citing Wikipedia

Fix Family Courts was founded to help parents and their family law attorneys. It is not designed to provide academic or scholarly work. Our publications are designed to help parents and their attorneys prove constitutional legal arguments in courtrooms. Therefore, we ensure that every legal theory or argument we publish is well-supported by case law…

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Interpreting the Constitution

Many people believe that it is exclusively the courts’ job to interpret the constitution. This is a fallacy. What is true is that the courts most often have the final say in what is and what is not constitutional but they don’t always have the final say. The way this works is that everybody has…

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Protecting Parent-Child Bonds Equally – Amendment for Legislative Bills

Use this book to help your legislator take your rights back!                                                                       The 28th Amendment: Protecting Parent Child BondsAuthored by Ron…

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