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Friday, May 8, 2015

Dads' Rights From the Start Workshop - May 12th, 2015


Every man should be given the opportunity to succeed as an expectant, new and seasoned parent whether living at home or apart. With timely information, respectful guidance and fair and just legal counsel children will benefit from the love of a father.
6:30pm - 8:30pm (Child care provided in Conference Room A) 

The United Way, 3250 SW 3rd Ave., Miami, FL 33129

Holly Zwerling, Fatherhood Task Force of South Florida

 Call individual workshop contacts for details.

Community Partners Recognize the Importance of Fathers in Families Florida Senate Resolution 1392 and Florida House Resolution 9117
Workshops recognizing the importance of “Fathers in the know.” The more men know about fathering the more their children will benefit. Fathers should advocate for their children to secure their future. A Father’s engagement in all aspects of planning ahead for their child’s birth, being involved in their education as well as all aspects of childhood development helps secure their child’s welfare for a bright future.

The Fatherhood Task Force thanks our partners for providing the following free workshops during Fathers in Action & Advocacy Week. Open to fathers and families in various locations.

Children’s Trust & Fatherhood Task Force Sponsorship

Moderators: Diana Ragbeer, Director of Public Policy & Community Engagement, The Children’s Trust and Holly Zwerling, CEO/President of the Fatherhood Task Force
Marilyn Blumberg, Family Attorney, FTF Fathers: Michael Coburn, Lionel Lighbourne, Jason Allison

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Dealing With Judges, Difficult and Otherwise, in Family Courts

Pointers for Dealing With FAMILY COURT JUDGES (Difficult and Otherwise) - What Every Lawyer and PRO PER Should Know!

Pointers for Dealing With FAMILY COURT JUDGES (Difficult and Otherwise) - What Every Lawyer and PRO PER Should Know!

Working with Family Court Judges

I recently attended this year's annual AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts) Conference in Orlando. Two Canadian jurists put on a workshop entitled "Dealing With Difficult Judges," and they kindly gave their permission to share their materials with you. Many thanks to the Honorable Carole Curtis and to the Honorable Roselyn Zisman - both family court judges within the Ontario Court of Justice system. I summarize their observations and suggestions here, and add a few of my own. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Advancing the Cause of Parental Rights in Florida

Rep. Michael Bileca has courageously undertaken our cause in the House of Representatives to sponsor Parental Rights Bill HB 737. In the Senate, Sen. Thad Altman has done the same with SB 1532. We are thankful for these legislators and their efforts. Please extend your gratitude to them by clicking their names above, and sending them a thank you note via e mail.


Contact the three Legislators below via e mail 

These three legislators chair committees that the 2015 Parental Rights Bill (HB 737) needs to pass through.

Rep. Kathleen Passidomo(R) 
Civil Justice Committee Chair ~ Email: Kathleen.Passidomo@myfloridahouse.gov

Rep. Charles McBurney(R) 
Judiciary Committee Chair ~ Email: Charles.McBurney@myfloridahouse.gov

Rep Gayle Harrell (R)
Email: Gayle.Harrell@myfloridahouse.gov 

Children, Families and Seniors Subcommittee Chair

What should I write?
Here is some suggested Language for your e-mail. Add edits as needed to personalize if desired. But remember - keep it short and to the point. Lengthy e mails lose their power because they are not likely to be read by the Representative or their staff.

Subject Line:
Committee Chair - Please Support HB 737 Parental Rights Bill

Body:Dear Rep. (Their Last Name),

This e mail is to express my strong support for HB 737 - The Parental Rights Bill. I support it because I believe that Parents should have a fundamental right to direct the care, upbringing and education of their children. This bill has been assigned to the committee that you currently chair. I respectfully ask that you allow HB 737 (Parental Rights Bill) to be discussed and voted on in your committee.

I look forward to seeing HB 737 Parental Rights Bill passed as Law in Florida this year!

(Your Name)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Psychological evaluations and testimony legal? - Parents in Florida Family Courts

Whores of the Court: The Fraud of Psychiatric Testimony and the Rape of American Justice 

by Margaret A. Hagen  (Author)
Psychologist Margaret Hagen, a professor and medical industry insider, details the very real danger of this booming business. In every state, a child can be taken away from a parent on the strength of five minutes of "neutral" testimony from a social worker. A criminal suspect's freedom or incarceration can depend on a superficial psychological examination performed by an incompetent, overworked, or, at worst, paid-off psychologist. Parole hearings hinge on the testimony of similarly incomplete or fraudulent evaluations, allowing "rehabilitated" violent criminals back onto the street to commit more heinous crimes, with no accountability for the reviewing "expert." Unmasking some legal psycho-expertise as a total fraud, Dr. Hagen instructs readers to protect themselves and their families from being victimized by psychological testimony in the courtroom. In today's frenzied legal climate, her insight and wisdom make for provocative, compelling and invaluable reading.
Post by Childrens Rights Florida.
Attorney David Schorr slapped a court-appointed shrink with a defamation lawsuit for telling the judge deciding a custody battle with his estranged wife that he was an unfit parent — for refusing to take his son to the fast food joint for dinner.

Dad Unfit Parent Says Court-Appointed Shrink

  • “You’d think it was sexual molestation,” Schorr, 43, told The Post Thursday. “I am just floored by it.” Schorr says in his Manhattan Supreme Court suit that E. 97th Street psychiatrist Marilyn Schiller filed a report saying he was “wholly incapable of taking care of his son” Liarand should be denied his weekend visitation over the greasy burger ban. Schorr, a corporate attorney turned consultant with degrees from NYU and Oxford University, had planned to take his 4-year-old son to their usual restaurant, the Corner Café on Third Avenue, for his weekly Tuesday night visitation last week. 
    CRF #familycourtinjustice   #familycourtabuse   #psychologist 

    Please join this campaign: Enact Zoey's Law - Create a law to prevent Parental Alienation - Zoenika Humphreys is not the first child to commit suicide as a result of inadequate investigation of parental alienation claims, but she must be the... https://www.change.org/p/enact-zoey-s-law-create-a-law-to-prevent-parental-alienation?recruiter=17261955&utm_campaign=mailto_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition
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  • Thursday, February 26, 2015

    NewJudge.Com - The absence of a father from a child's life - SayNOtoPAS.com

    South Florida LawyersI've previously noted William S. Burroughs and his "cut-up technique," where you take a perfectly understandable linear text, cut it up into individual words or phrases, and then reassemble it all back together again into a new, wholly inexplicable and completely non-linear artistic expression. 
    Well that seems to have happened in this new federal lawsuit filed against Judge Manno Schurr. 
    I'm rarely this effusive, but let me be clear -- I believe these pro se litigants have lifted the mechanical, soul-sucking drudgery of preparing a complaint into the lofty realms of high art. 
    Indeed, these visionaries should be applauded for confronting and challenging the reader, and for daring to radically reimagine -- nay -- forquite literally unshackling us -- from the small-minded, restrictive and fundamentally bourgeois chains of Rule 8(a). 
    I'm fairly certain Judge King will see it the same way, don't you agree?

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