February 4, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

With the unexpected and intellectually bizarre attack by McIntosh in 2011 on the scientific consensus regarding the value of maintaining meaningful relationships between children under the age of four and both of their parents came the response reasserting that consensus.  Dr. Richard Warshak led that effort.

Warshak spent two years reviewing and analyzing 45 years of scientific inquiry into the parenting of children under the age of four when the parents don’t live together.

Then I vetted my analyses by incorporating feedback from an international group of experts in the fields of attachment, early child development, parent-child relations, and divorce. The results appeared in Social Science and Parenting Plans for Young Children: A Consensus Report (Warshak Consensus Report) published in the American Psychological Association’s journal, Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, that is edited by Cambridge University Professor Michael Lamb, a prominent child development scholar.  The report was published with the endorsement of 110 of the world’s leading researchers and practitioners, several who had conducted the seminal studies cited in the report.

Its conclusions were unambiguous and pointedly refuted the claims of McIntosh, et al.

No compelling evidence was found for the idea that children under four need or benefit from restrictions with parents who are loving and attentive. Warnings against infants and toddlers spending overnight time with each parent are inconsistent with what we know about the development of meaningful, positive parent-child relationships in the first few years of children’s lives…  Given these observations, after the parents separate, most mothers should have no reason to worry about leaving their very young children in the father’s care. In fact, fathers who are more involved with their infants and toddlers become better parents and have better relationships with their children.  Better parent-child relationships, in turn, lead to better outcomes in other spheres of development, such as stress-related physical health, grades, mental health, and behavior.

Those warnings of course had been issued by McIntosh and the AFCC.  They had no scientific support for them.

Plus, it shouldn’t need to be said, but fathers who are actively involved with their children tend to be better fathers.  How could it be otherwise?  Given that, judges’ bias or state laws on custody and parenting time that either prevent or actively discourage fathers from being those involved, loving parents tend strongly to keep those relationships from flowering.  That in turn tends to result in poorer outcomes for kids.  That should be obvious enough, but amazingly, ensuring that kids maintain full relationships with both parents is still not public policy in any part of the English-speaking world.

To maximize infants’ chances for a secure lifelong bond with both parents, public policy should encourage both parents to actively participate in daytime and overnight care of their young children. Scholars who study the benefits of children’s relationships with both parents find no empirical support for the belief that mothers are more important than fathers in their infants’ and toddlers’ lives. In short, after their separation, in most circumstances both parents should maximize the time they spend with their young children, including sharing overnight parenting time. This lays a strong foundation for parent-child relationships and allows children to enjoy the unique and overlapping contributions of each parent to the children’s development and wellbeing.

There is no evidence that mothers are more important than fathers to children’s healthy development.  Both parents’ involvement in children’s lives is important to that healthy development.  Therefore, public policy should promote the involvement of both parents – whether married, divorced, separated or never married – in their children’s lives.  “Public policy of course is a broad term, but at a minimum it should include laws requiring judges to maximize children’s time with each parent as long as the parents are fit and nonviolent.  It should also include the education of judges in the science on what custody and parenting time orders best promote children’s well-being.

As Warshak describes, that is in fact the state of the science on parenting time for parents of young children.  His consensus report that was endorsed by 110 eminent scientists worldwide is the gold standard on the subject.  All else is dross.

I’ll have more to say on this tomorrow.

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Question It!

Researching Reform

Welcome to another week.

As there are a few items of interest today, we’ve decided to set them down below, rather than offer you one story and invite you to comment. As always though, we would love to hear your thoughts:


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(BERLIN, Germany.) Secret DDR Escape Tunnel Discovered: A 80-meter-long tunnel connecting the eastern and western parts of Berlin was accidently discovered in the Mauerpark in Prenzlauer Berg district during construction works almost 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall #AceNewsDesk reports

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#AceNewsReport – Feb.03: Archeologists believe that the find is sensational, and hope that the tunnel can be presented to the German public “in its original condition.”: “This is the first tunnel we have discovered in the inner city area, namely on Bernauer Strasse #AceNewsDesk reports

A DDR-era escape tunnel found in Berlin

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A DDR-era escape tunnel found in Berlin: For over 10 years I have been accompanying the work at the Berlin Wall Memorial. So far, we have not been able to find an escape tunnel. This is the first uncovered tunnel in the middle of the city,” chief archeologist Torsten Dresslertold Sputnik Germany……….Mauerpark is a public park in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district. Its name can be translated to “Wall Park,” indicating its status as a former part of the Berlin Wall. Residential houses and other buildings in the area were located in the immediate vicinity of the former barrier. In…

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(BALTIMORE) BPD Report: Plan to use a ‘ Biometrical Scan of Officers Finger Prints ‘ at ‘ Start & End ‘ of Shifts in order to prove they are working the agreed hours as overtime payments are spiralling out if control reaching $1-million per week but has not assessed cost of system #AceNewsDesk reports

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#AceNewsReport – Feb.03: Editor says according to Baltimore Sun The Baltimore Police Department plans to require officers to scan their fingerprints at the start and end of shifts in order to prove they’ve worked the hours claimed on their pay slips #AceNewsDesk reports

The move comes as the department struggles to control ongoing overtime spending of nearly a million dollars a week, and amid the ongoing federal trial of two Gun Trace Task Force officers whose colleagues have admitted to rampant overtime fraud by the unit: Let’s not sugarcoat this: ” Criminals found a gap in the system and took full advantage of it,” T.J. Smith, a department spokesman, told the Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday’s not fair to the city, and it’s not fair to the men and women in this agency who do their job honourably every day ” Smith said the department is…

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Shedding Your Work Skin

The Return of the Modern Philosopher

life hacks, humor, work stress, coping skills, Modern PhilosopherI don’t know about you, Modern Philosophers, but I’ve discovered that the best way to deal with the stress of work is to not take the job home with me.

Every day, after they unchain me from my desk, I walk out to my car (running would be an amateur move) and say a silent prayer thanking Zeus for my surviving another day.

Once I clear all the snow off the RAV, and then get the heat going long enough for it to be warm and toasty inside my vehicle, I slip out of my work skin.

I fold it up neatly, put it into a carefully sealed protective bag (you can get them cheap and in bulk on Amazon), and then tuck the package under the passenger seat until I need it again in the morning.

It’s kind of like how Clark Kent sheds his nerdy, reporter skin to…

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From JP–More case law on Fraud on the Court and Void Judgments and how to attack them

Challenge to Jurisdiction

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 60. Relief from Judgment or Order below


“Once jurisdiction is challenged, the court cannot proceed when it clearly appears that the court lacks jurisdiction, the court has no authority to reach merits, but, rather, should dismiss the action.” Melo v. US, 505 F2d 1026.

A judgment rendered by a court without personal jurisdiction over the defendant is void. It is a nullity. [A judgment shown to be void for lack of personal service on the defendant is a nullity.] Sramek v. Sramek, 17 Kan. App. 2d 573, 576-77, 840 P.2d 553 (1992), rev. denied 252 Kan. 1093 (1993).

“Court must prove on the record, all jurisdiction facts related to the jurisdiction asserted.” Latana v. Hopper, 102 F. 2d 188; Chicago v. New York, 37 F Supp. 150.

“The law provides that once State and Federal Jurisdiction has been challenged, it must be…

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