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March 18, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Here are Brad Wilcox and Nicholas Zill, two long-time researchers into a wide variety of issues relating to families, parenting and children’s well-being (Institute for Family Studies, (2/27/18). Their new article is both news and not news. It provides updated information on children who are brought up – and those who aren’t – in intact families. That’s news. And it points out that kids brought up in intact homes have advantages in many different areas of life that other kids don’t.
Is growing up with married birth parents advantageous for a young person’s school success and later life chances? There is abundant evidence that it is. As shown in numerous analytic studies, students with stably-married parents are more likely to do well in school and less likely to cut classes, repeat grades, be suspended or expelled, or drop out.5 And significant advantages persist after controlling for related factors like parent education level, family income and poverty status, student race and ethnicity, parent involvement, and teacher or school quality. Rich or poor, this is a type of advantage which parents from all social classes can bestow upon their children: the privilege of a growing up in a stable, married two-parent family.
That’s not news.
So what are the data on kids in and out of intact families? The two researchers surveyed kids who’d reached 18 years of age about their family structures growing up. Here’s what they found:
So how many of today’s young people experience this stable family structure throughout childhood?
The answer is about one-in-two, according to our new analysis of survey data files recently released by the U.S. Department of Education.1This figure is based on the proportion of 17- and 18-year-old high school students who were reported to be living with both their married birth mothers and biological fathers in 2016…
As shown in Figure 1, another 15% of today’s high school seniors lived in a variety of non-traditional two-parent families in 2016: with cohabiting birth parents (2%); with one birth parent and a stepparent (11%); with a heterosexual adoptive couple (1%); or with a same-sex couple (1%). Nearly 30% of high school seniors lived in single-parent families, with either their birth mothers (23%) or biological fathers (6%).
The remaining 6% of students had experienced multiple disruptions in their family lives and resided with neither birth parent.
Therefore, we have 50% of kids living in intact birth families. We have another 30% living with single parents and another 11% living with one birth parent and a stepparent and 6% either in foster care or living with someone completely unrelated to them. Other arrangements are statistically negligible.
Whether children grow up with their birth parents or not depends to a great degree on the level of education their parents attained.
The more education a woman or man has, the more likely she or he is to get married and stay married when raising children. As shown in Figure 2 below, among high school seniors whose parents or guardians had a college education or more, 64% lived with married parents throughout childhood in 2016. An additional one percent lived with cohabiting birth parents. By contrast, among students whose parents or guardians had less than a high school education, only 29% lived with married parents from birth to the end of high school.
Just why that is, I can’t guess and the authors don’t say, but the facts are there for all to see.
The benefits to children of growing up in an intact family, i.e. with one’s biological parents, are undeniable. As Wilcox and Zill say, they reach across all the usual demographic categories we look to explain social phenomena. Given that, why is it that only half of children get to have that “privilege,” as the authors rightly call growing up with biological parents? Do parents not care what’s good for their kids?
No, but what I observe is that we as a society don’t much care what’s good for kids. I say that because, at every turn, public policy encourages anti-kid behavior on the part of adults. That begins with marriage that our laws, regulations and practices discourage while they encourage divorce.
I’ve said this many times. We tell mothers that, if they’ll just divorce the father of their children, they’ll lose little or no contact with the kids, but gain sometimes bountiful amounts of child support and alimony. Meanwhile, we’ve done away with the stigmas we used to place on divorce and single motherhood. As Vice President Quayle once pointed out, single parenthood has become “just another lifestyle choice.” Unsurprisingly, over 40% of children are born to unmarried mothers, almost half of all marriages end in divorce and 70% of divorce petitions are filed by women.
This is not a healthy situation. We can do better and we must. That means changing laws that incentivize divorce. And it means convincing policy-makers and the news media and popular culture the value of making sure that it’s biological parents who raise children.
National Parents Organization is a non-profit that educates the public, families, educators, and legislators about the importance of shared parenting and how it can reduce conflict in children, parents, and extended families. Along with Shared Parenting we advocate for fair Child Support and Alimony Legislation. Want to get involved? Here’s how:
Together, we can drive home the family, child development, social and national benefits of shared parenting, and fair child support and alimony. Thank you for your activism.
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Damning book by ‘secret barrister’ tells of courts plagued by daily errors leaving them unfit for purpose READ MOREBarristers, at a 2014 protest against legal aid cuts in Westminster. Photograph: Alamy
Anonymous’ barrister confirms what we all know: The justice system is CRIMINAL! That’s why all our dads DIY themselves rather than use solicitors
Courts that are like an A&E unit on a Saturday night, violent abusers walking free because evidence has gone missing, and lawyers doing hours of unpaid work to keep the system from collapse, are all part of a damning picture painted in a new book on the legal system by a barrister.
According to the anonymous author of The Secret Barrister: Stories Of The Law And How It’s Broken, the courts in Britain have been brought to their knees by government cuts and left so plagued by daily errors they are no longer fit for purpose.
The identity of the writer of this fly-on-the-wall account of what goes on in Britain’s courtrooms is a well-guarded secret – and the subject of online curiosity among a Twitter following of 87,000.
The eponymous “secret barrister” uses the accounts of real people and cases to reveal the legal system as being so broken that the innocent can find themselves behind bars while “every single day the provably guilty walk free”.
In a newspaper interview the author, a criminal barrister who works as a defence lawyer and prosecutor, warns that Britain’s legal system is approaching a tipping point and in urgent need of funding and reform.
From the “wild west” of the magistrates’ court, likened to “an inner city A&E department on a Saturday night” to the upper echelons of the crown court, where the stakes are higher but the catalogue of errors equally long, the author describes a system creaking under the strain of a decade’s worth of cuts.
Amid speculation and intrigue over the identity and gender of the author, some rumours have suggested that the hugely popular blog is an algorithm run by a small section of the legal community.
“Secret barrister” has said that just close family members are privy to this moonlighting. “I don’t have a profile outside my online existence. I’m a junior criminal barrister, I’m extremely ordinary. I hope the focus of the book will be on the issues raised rather than me.”
The book says: “Walk into any court in the land, speak to any lawyer, ask any judge, and you will be treated to uniform complaints of court deadlines being repeatedly missed, cases arriving under-prepared, evidence being lost, disclosures not being made, victims made to feel marginalised, and millions of pounds of public money wasted.
“I wanted to bring the things I saw that upset me to a wider audience. They will not come as a shock to lawyers in the system. But whenever I [spoke] to a non lawyer about them they would look at me with horror and I realised there was a disconnect between the criminal justice system and the people it is meant to serve.”
The book tells the story of a man held wrongly on remand for months on end, a violent abuser allowed to walk free because basic evidence was missing and a vulnerable witness who gave up after a trial was adjourned for a third instance due to lack of court time.
Defendants, victims and ultimately society are failed on a daily basis with life-changing consequences, the author claims, by a system brought to its knees by years of public service cuts.
The barrister cites the problem of repeated court adjournments and issues around disclosures as two of the toughest challenges for the system. But, overwhelmingly, the biggest problem is lack of funding across the board, the writer says. “The system is at breaking point and now running exclusively on the goodwill of the barristers and solicitors that work unpaid, after hours, through lunch, through nights, through weekends, to plug the problems in the system. Perhaps we need to say if we and the court staff weren’t going the extra mile, if judges weren’t above and beyond, then everything will collapse.”
There is also a warning that, with changes on the horizon concerning the way criminal barristers are paid, there may come a tipping point soon. “There is a lot of disquiet because reforms the government insist are cost neutral, upon inspection don’t appear to be. They will continue to push people out of the profession.”
However, for the moment, the secret barrister will not be among those departing. “People do not go into criminal justice for an easy life or because they want to earn a fortune but because they want to provide a public service and see justice done.”
But there is one vital half of the job that remains undervalued and misunderstood. “It’s curious, the question that comes up without fail, when I’m asked what I do for a day job – how can you defend somebody you know is guilty? But I’ve never once been asked by anyone – how can you prosecute someone you think is innocent?”
People in Britain tended to lean towards the presumption of guilt rather than innocence, the barrister suggested. “The same cognitive bias that a lot of us share and is not helped by the way the tabloids treat criminal justice, which is – there is no smoke without fire.”
There was a tendency, too, to overlook the word “accused” despite many first-time entrants to the justice system being innocent. “It doesn’t really stick with people until they’ve been through it personally or until they watch Making a Murderer on Netflix. A charge is not proof of guilt. People think it won’t happen to them, but anyone can find themselves in the criminal courts. You never know when you might need a good lawyer and if you do you’d better hope they are operating within a system that works.”
The Ministry of Justice and the Crown Prosecution Service were approached for a response but declined to comment.
We recently wrote a provocative post suggesting that in an increasing number of cases, “single parenting” has become a lifestyle choice.
We suggested that an alarming number of unscrupulous parents are deploying common tactics, shared within online networks, to strip assets, gain an income, often for life and then remove the targeted parent who no longer fits their narrative.
It has stirred up quite a response, because it’s painfully close to the naked truth, it seems.
Given the very many cases and situations we sadly hear in our various forums and platforms, we’re not surprised.
Just this week we heard of one mother who worked in human resources with her ex, spent two years sacking most of her friends, moved into his house after she was made redundant, started a family with him and then, three years later, “sacked him” too. She then blocked out her colleagues and spent years…
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#AceNewsReport – Mar.17: Portsmouth Police Lt. Mark Newport says police have arrested 32-year-old Bronx, N.Y. resident Jasmine Henderson on felony charges of attempted second degree murder, criminal threatening and second degree assault #AceNewsDesk reports
Police say Henderson stabbed a 58-year-old female hotel employee who was assisting her Friday at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel: The employee received treatment at Portsmouth Regional Hospital for non-life threatening injuries……….Police say Henderson is located at Rockingham County Jail and faces a Monday arraignment………..It was not immediately clear Saturday if Henderson has an attorney………..Police have said no argument preceded the stabbing and that it appeared to be a random attack: Information from: Portsmouth Herald, http://www.seacoastonline.com
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The investor has run away, leaving unpaid debts
In Dong Nai province, KL Texwell Vina, the foreign owner of a foreign-invested enterprise, disappeared just days before Tet, leaving an unpaid debt of VND30 billion in social insurance premiums and wages. Nearly 2,000 Vietnamese workers of the company still have not received pay for January.
An analyst said that state management agencies don’t know how to deal with the cases.
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#AceNewsReport – Mar.17: This is an updated report from our Telegram Breaking News here: Fourteen people, including at least four children, drowned when the small boat they were traveling on capsized in the Aegean Sea, Greek coast guard officials said on Saturday https://t.me/acenewsdaily/8923HERES WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR: A massive search and rescue operation was underway to locate about a dozen more people believed missing: The bodies of four children, one man and one woman were recovered off the island of Agathonisi, south of the island of Samos, the coast guard said #AceNewsDesk reports
Three people, two women and a man, managed to reach the coast and alert authorities: The three told authorities they had been in a wooden boat that sank with an estimated 21 people on board. The reasons for the sinking were not immediately clear, and authorities said the total number of people who had been…
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