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“Within a system which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day.

Fear of imprisonment, fear of torture, fear of death, fear of losing friends, family, property or means of livelihood, fear of poverty, fear of isolation, fear of failure. A most insidious form of fear is that which masquerades as common sense or even wisdom, condemning as foolish, reckless, insignificant or futile the small, daily acts of courage which help to preserve man's self-respect and inherent human dignity. It is not easy for a people conditioned by fear under the iron rule of the principle that might is right to free themselves from the enervating miasma of fear. Yet even under the most crushing state machinery courage rises up again and again, for fear is not the natural state of civilized man.

The Fundamental Rights to Parent

How do the courts transform a stay-at-home parent into a parent who only gets to spend every other weekend with the kids?

The Legislative intent of the State of Florida and the Florida Statutes  reflect a presumption of "shared custody," but fails to define what that means.

As a result, judges routinely assign one parent primary custody and limit children to spending 4 days or less per month with the other parent. If a judge feel it is in the best interest of the child to spend less time with one parent, the judge should be required to specify what steps the noncustodial parent needs to take in order to be granted equal time with the child.

"I will fight for your rights and bring back your fathers into your lives!"

A brave presidential candidate our society needs and our children deserve!


"America leads the industrialized world in fatherlessness. Right now, around 41 percent of children are born to single mothers. For women under 30, who bear two-thirds of all children, that rate is 53 percent. In total, about one-third of all children are raised in father-absent homes. By some estimates, this means more kids are growing up with televisions in their bedroom than with both of their biological parents. Boys are especially affected by this trend. Without positive and consistent male role models, society misses out on much of their constructive potential.

It’s no coincidence 70 percent of male inmates did not grow up with both parents, for example. Across the board, children with intact families have more advantages than their fatherless peers.

A report published by The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says children of married biological parents or adoptive parents are healthier, have fewer definite or severe emotional or behavioral difficulties and are less likely to grow up in poverty.

The gap between rich and poor will keep getting worse as fatherlessness rises among those of lower socioeconomic status.Children who grow up without fathers are more likely to become single mothers or absent dads, use drugs, have low academic achievement and are less likely to believe in marriage or have successful marriages.

Children who had frequent and positive interactions with their fathers, such as the father paying attention to the child’s interests, offering encouragement and smiling, during the first year of their lives were calmer and better behaved than other children at age two. This was especially true for boys.

The government can step up by commissioning a White House Council on Boys and Men. There is currently a White House Council on Girls and Women, but they have yet to support a similar platform for men, even though it has been proposed and endorsed by a number of experts.

Creating policies that support a father’s right to be present in his children’s lives during divorce and custody battle situations, eliminating perverse welfare incentives for parents to live apart, offering men paternity leave equal to maternity leave, providing childcare for both mothers and fathers and encouraging family members to visit inmates would also be steps in the right direction."

Shared Parenting Train - 2015

U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart
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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson
(202) 224-5274
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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio-Florida
(202) 224-3041
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"Family Law Reform 2016"

Ted Fattoross Worthy
by Dr. Ted Fattoross

During the last 25+ years as a speaker within the educational, corporate, nonprofit and government agency sectors I came to realize how we all struggle with feeling "worthy". Worthy of praise, worthy of receiving love, worthy of being edified, acknowledged and rewarded. I've seen it in most everyone - from the child in 2nd grade to the CEO of a Fortune 500 company and from the bus driver to the physician.

My intuition tells me that we are born boundless with unlimited potential with the seeds of greatness planted within us while in our mother's womb. Upon birth this seed is, at times, nurtured, sometimes ignored or, worse yet, compromised. As we all know, "it takes an entire village to raise one child, one president, one bus driver, one physician. We, as a community, effect each child and have a responsibility to be a role model for every one of them. If a child does not see their heroes at the dinner table they will search them out on the street.

The street can be a dangerous place - especially for a child looking to "fit in" by being validated. We all know there are people who do not have the child's best interest in mind - and, at times, this may even come from the home. One way a home can be a dangerous place for a child is Parental Alienation. It's dangerous to the child's self-esteem, compassion and moral compass. It is most dangerous to the child's relationship with the absent parent.

Parental alienation divides families and destroys the emotional well-being of the child. The child, of course, goes on to become an adult and will most likely repeat the cycle of pain, separation and anxiety. We as a community have a responsibility to help heal each other ... not just the children but also the adults involved. And to heal not just the individuals involved at the nuclear familial level but the relatives and extended family, teachers and principals, guidance counselors, social workers, psychologists, doctors, attorneys, judges, police; anyone who becomes involved with the child and parents who are victims or perpetrators of Parental Alienation.

The legal and judicial systems, the educational and medical professions, along with churches and community organizations are, in my opinion, the most underserved communities within the Parental Alienation Syndrome.

Whether you know it or not, we are all in this together, each and every one of us. You may not even ask to be involved or think you ever would be involved, but what will you do if a child confides in you, or you see an injustice taking place? Will you turn your back?

I would love to see the end of Parental Alienation. I, as just one man, one Dad, one caring person, want to do something to help better these situations. Are you with me?

I want to leave you with a poem, some tips and a picture to remind us all that we are "worthy."

Children need more time, not more toys.

Children need more love not more stress.

Children need to be children; not adults.

Children are not their grades.

Discipline your children consistently but LOVE them UN-conditionally. (agape)

Born Complete
by Ted Fattoross

We are born complete,
we are not born deficient.
We need not be fixed,
for we are not broken.
We are whole, not fragmented.
We need to nurture the child in us,
not force it to grow up.
We are love, only love.
It is fear that prevents us from
being who we really are.
We are love, only love.

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Create Shared Parenting in Divorce Proceedings

As it stands now, shared parenting of 50/50 is not an automatic when a couple gets divorced. If both parents are not being accused of abuse, neglect, etc, then it should be an automatic that they both receive 50/50 time share parenting with their children.

Both parents have equal standing raising children after a separation or divorce.This preserves a strong bond between children and their parents which is critically important to children's emotional, mental, and physical health. Gender equality and a strong presumption of shared parenting embraces every issue separating children from loving fathers and mothers, grandparents, and other relatives.

Enact Shared Parenting in ALL states.

Created: Jan 29, 2014

Issues: Family, Women's Issues

Parental Rights are being eroded. is fighting for the rights of parents to raise their children as they see fit. Parents all over America are losing their rights and don't even know it. If you care about your rights as a parent, please share this video with your family and friends. Featuring 3 reenactments based on real cases, "Overruled" is a shocking 35-minute docudrama that exposes how the rights of parents in America are being eroded and what you can do to turn the tide.

Here's how you can help:

1. Sign the petition at
2. Tell others about
3. Write your local paper
4. Contact your Congressman
5. Make a donation at

Families Civil Liberties Union - FCLU.ORG

New York, NY
Our Mission is to Protect Families From The Family Court System Until The Family Court System Protects Families. We ARE NOT affiliated with the ACLU. We use legislation, litigation, education, industry research, the power of the press and checks and balances to fix a system that damages millions of Americans and our children. Matrimonial attorneys use laws created by attorneys for attorneys and instigate conflict and custody battles to transfer divorcing family wealth and children's college funds to themselves. We focus on education and promotion of equalized gender rights, fair and standardized laws and practices nationally in relation to Family and Domestic Relations Law. We will not stand by as 10,000 ABA matrimonial attorneys exploit, extort and destroy 10 Million families and our children.

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A Kid's Right - Kids have a Right to both Parents free from Government interference!
The Declaration of Family Rights - That when a child is born, both biological parents have a right to know. A child has a right to both parents in their lives. Fit parents decide what is inthe 'best interests' of their children. Good, average, & poor parents are Fit & Equal parents.That you and your spouse have a right to be …more >>Authors: Moms & Dads


Support criminalization of custodial parents whom do not honor custody and visitation guidelines set in Family Court.

We The People of the United States of America support criminalization of all custodial parents in divorce and custody cases that voluntarily withhold their children from the non-custodial parent for whatever reason they deem fit.

We The People recognize that father's have rights too and that father's desire to be a part of their children's lives; NOT to be treated like human automated tellers by the family court system.

We The People support a fiduciary accounting of child support payments, to be required of custodial parents, whom receive any state welfare assistance, and/or child support from non-custodial parents.

We The People support the removal of prison from the punishments of which can be applied to non-custodial parents in default of child support.

Father's have rights too!

Created: Apr 15, 2013

Issues: Civil Rights and Liberties, Family, Human Rights

Tell states to make equal parenting time the standard in all divorce cases where both parents are fit and proper.

In an effort to benefit children of divorce, all states should begin all child custody cases with a 50/50 split in parenting time. We understand that some men and women are unfit to parent, and judges should rule accordingly in the best interest of the children. If both parents are found to be fit and proper an equal parenting time arrangement should be the standard. Research shows that children of divorce benefit greatly with the opportunity to have a fair and equal relationship with both parents. All across our country the future and well being of our children are being put at risk from unfair parenting arrangements handed down from judges in cases that never even go to trial. Thank you for your support.


Created: Mar 24, 2013 Issues: Civil Rights and Liberties, Family, Human Rights

Secondly the Alienated Parent should be given full custody of any child in this situation to repair with their child. This is according to the latest psychology recommends, Dr. Childress Psy.D.

Petition by Fathers Against Kidnapping

Issues: Civil Rights and Liberties, Family, Human Rights

We petition the Obama Administration to:

Stop the unfairness in courts - We know the federal incentives are the reason for the unfairness. Custody should be 50-50% and each parent supports the children during their time with the children. With 50-50% custody there should be no reason for anyone to pay child support. A child has the right to BOTH PARENTS. And no judge, court or anyone else has the right to say that one parent is better then the other.

Created: Mar 15, 2013

This Petition will be delivered to:State Legislators Legislators: Protect Parental Rights and Children's LivesPetition by Coalition for Equal ParentingThis Petition will be delivered to:

The President of the United StatesThe U.S. SenateThe U.S. House of RepresentativesYour GovernorYour State SenateYour State House Family Court System Reform - Revamp Laws That Damage Families and Only Benefit Matrimonial Lawyers and Court "Experts"
Issues: Civil Rights and LibertiesFamilyHuman Rights

Stop Parental Alienation in the USAWe need to give children their rights to have both parents in their life. Many of us have been through alienation and it's not an easy thing to deal with. We have to give children their rights to have both parents in their life. Parents who abuse their rights and violate court orders should be accountable for their actions. Parental Alienation should be viewed as child abuse. Children have rights and their rights should not be removed from them from a parent or anyone.Issues: Civil Rights and Liberties, Family, Human Rights


Link: Civil Rights and LibertiesFamilyHuman Rights

We only support organizations who show an understanding that children need both parents, and that either parent is equally capable of the choice to perpetrate hate or declare peace.

Advocacy Groups

SourceMiami Rally

Note: Dads Of Florida does not endorse any of the sites listed, but provides this list only as a reference:
A Child's Right - It's a Child's Right to have EQUAL and substantial time with BOTH parents without government interference
A Kid's Right - Kids have a right to both parents free from gov't interference
A Matter Of Justice - a legal reform group that also coordinates efforts with other groups
A Voice for Children - A voice for children helping parents who are falsely accused of child abuse
A-Team - for the wrongly accused of child abuse, domestic violence and for interstate/international child custody disputes.
Abolish Alimony - how To Challenge Alimony Laws And Stop Contempt Of Court Hearings.
Abuse Excuse - resource for those unjustly accused of child abuse, neglect, child pornography, "repressed" memories, sexual harassment, or domestic violence
ACFC (American Coalition for Fathers and Children) - promotes a better family law system, legislative system, and public awareness
Action 4 Justice - a legal reform group
ANCPR (Alliance for Non-Custodial Parents Rights) - an active site on NCP's rights
American Family Advocacy Center - Protecting Families from Child Protection Services
American Family Rights Association - The national voice of Family Rights advocates
Angry Dad - Just another dad who is outraged by the family court system he's stuck in (blog)
Anti-Deadbeat Dads - dispelling the myth that dads are deadbeats
Bill's Arena - THE DIVORCE SITE FOR KIDS, RUN BY A KID! Info on shared parenting & custody issues
Broken Bread - A single father's thoughts on parenting, work, life, love, and faith (blog)
Broward Advocate - a blog by lawyers about what's happening & criticisms in the Broward Justice system
Children Need Both Parents - an active "social" network addressing issues of divorce, Child Protective Services, etc.
Children Need Both Parents, Inc. - a site promoting the rights of two parents (provides services in MI & IL)
Children's Rights Council - well known for its actions to protect children's contact with both parents and extended family
Childs Best Interest - reform for custody & support for children
Choice 4 Men - Men's Reproductive Choice
Citizens For Judicial Accountability - a legal reform site for Florida
Citizen's Justice Program - Demanding Justice Pro-Se . Learning Law and Avoiding Lawyers
Connecticut DCF Watch - excellent information for dealing with DCF in any state
D.A.D.s Judicial Reform Of America - a legal reform site
Dads Against the Divorce Industry - devoted to reinstating the traditional, nuclear American Family, and the essential role of fathers
Divorce and Child Custody - dedicated to fathers trying to retain equal access to their children
Divorce Support - resource site on family law including links and forums for advice, books, etc.
Domestic Violence Against Men In Colorado - supports resolution of violence against men and false accusation of domestic violence
Equal Justice Foundation - supports restoring rights, civil liberties, and equality in divorce, domestic violence, civil liberties, election fraud, etc.
Fatherhood Alliance - resource for fathers / stepfathers / grandfathers, etc. - an online magazine and good resource for articles
Fathers And Families - for equal rights and responsibilities for fathers and mothers
Fathers For Life - a comprehensive site with articles and information. Check out the Site Map
Fathers-4-Justice - supports family law reform
Fathers' Rights Association - for fathers by fathers
Father's Rights Foundation - free info to help Fathers win divorce, child custody, support & to defeat false allegations battles
Fathers' World - a community of websites devoted to fathers of all types
Feminist Misinformation and Demonizing Men - includes informaton on false allegations of abuse and domestic violence
Fight FOC - fighting for changes in custody and child support (info on Fed. programs that caused the present situation)
Fully Informed Jury Association - information on how juries are supposed to operate, including judging validity of the law
Give Me Liberty - a legal reform and defense site
Glenn Sacks - Columnist, Commentator, Radio Talk Show Host - a resource for articles and information, catagorized archives
ICRC (Indiana Civil Rights Council) - VERY active organization, incl class action suits around nation
J.A.I.L. 4 Judges - advocates new laws to hold judges accountable for crimes, etc.
JAABLOG (Justice Advocacy Assoc of Broward County) - started by a Broward attorney wanting judicial reform. People post their opinions about what goes on
Judicial Accountability Center - documenting the dysfunction & corruption of closed-door processes of judicial selection and discipline on federal, state and local levels
Judicial Watch - "watchdog" over our government, legal, and judicial systems - articles, interviews, videos and a "voice" about fatherhood, children, and the family rights movement (24/7)
Land Rights - know your land rights
Legal Reform Now ! - a catalog of our legal system's deficiencies together with innovative ideas toward correcting them
Men Web - information and resources for battered men and violence against men
Men's Rights News & Info - lots of info
Million Dad's March - Advocating change for men's rights
Mr. Mom - for single dads regardless of custody
National Center For Men - advocates for equal rights for men, filed "Roe v. Wade for Men" lawsuit
National Coalition For Men - dedicated to the eradication of sex-based stereotypes and obtaining equal rights for men
National Family Violence Legislative Resource Center (NFVLRC) - social scientists and researchers who provide guidance to lawmakers for fair laws on DV
National Fatherhood Initiative - encourages fathers to be active in children's lives, had studies on importance of fathers, does not address divorce reform
NFRC (National Fathers Resource Center) aka Fathers For Equal Rights - 30 year old organization with lots of information
Outlaws Legal Service - formed to help and encourage all people to fight the corrupt legal system on their own and stand up and fight for their Rights
Parental Alienation Awareness (PAS) - the name says it all
Parents and Children for Equality - helping to finance a study that shows bias against men
Parents For Children - Addressing Problems Of Abuse And Corruption In Family Court
Parents Organized With Each other for Rights - defending against false allegations of child abuse
Parents Without Rights - another Broward County organization
Paternity Fraud - obtaining DNA tests and dedicated to fighting paternity fraud in the U.S.
Patriot Caucus - Towards a new political voice
Peoples Awareness Coalition - legal reform group making Americans aware of the loss of liberty and fraud in our legal system
Programmers for Family Law Reform - a group of dedicated computer specialists with the goal of distilling the data to help reform family law
R.A.D.A.R. - very active Men's Advocacy group
Rate The Courts - Rate the courts & your judge (all states)
Reform Family Law Now - a lawyer's blog about changing family law by class-action lawsuits - Tips, advice, discussions on a myriad of topics about being a father
Shared Parenting Works - the name says it all!
Stop Child Support Now - advocating changes in unfair child support laws and judgements
Shattered Men: The hidden half of domestic violence - for men who are victims of domestic violence or false claims of DV
The Facts - Committed to family preservation and the Constitutional Right to be a Parent
United Civil Rights Councils of America (UCRC) - One of the most active groups in the country. Many subgroups by locale and topic to volunteer and participate
Victimization by Justice - exposing the fact that the legal system in the USA is broken, and calling for an overhaul of the system
Victims-of-Law - A very informative site for the Legal and Judicial Reform Communities with current news & views
A History Of Family Destruction - from the US House Ways & Means Committee
Consumer Watch - A list of product recalls including children's items that may be hazardous to their safety and health (opens in new window) - A site dedicated to information about drugs and their dangers to children & teens, including sources, abuses, etc. (opens in new window)


  1. "Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race." ~ Calvin Coolidge
    30th president of US (1872 - 1933)

    1. The Father-Daughter Institute ~
      A father who leaves or is taken away from his daughter suddenly, and never again lives in the home with her again, can leave a daughter forever afraid to allow herself to be vulnerable to a man as an adult woman, for fear he to will surely leave her.
      Mrs. Johnson is a Psychotherapist, Researcher and Father-Daughter Communications Coach.
      The Father-Daughter Institute -


      What is the research that supports such a schedule? Where is the data that confirms that such a plan is in the best interest of the child?

      Well, reader, you can spend your time from now until eternity researching the literature and YOU WILL NOT DISCOVER ANY SUPPORTING DATA for the typical visitation arrangement with the non-residential parent! The reality is that this arrangement is based solely on custom. And just like the short story, "The Lottery," in which the prizewinner is stoned to death, the message is that deeds and judgments are frequently arrived at based on nothing more than habit, fantasy, prejudice, and yes, on "junk science."

      This family therapist upholds the importance of both parents playing an active and substantial role in their children's lives----especially in situations when the parents are apart. In order to support the goal for each parent to provide a meaningfully and considerable involvement in the lives of their children, I affirm that the resolution to custody requires an arrangement for joint legal custody and physical custody that maximizes the time with the non-residential----with the optimal arrangement being 50-50, whenever practical. It is my professional opinion that the customary visitation arrangement for non-residential parents to visit every other weekend and one night during the week is not sufficient to maintain a consequential relationship with their children. Although I have heard matrimonial attorneys, children's attorneys, and judges assert that the child needs the consistency of the same residence, I deem this assumption to be nonsense. I cannot be convinced that the consistency with one's bed trumps consistency with a parent!

      Should the reader question how such an arrangement can be judiciously implemented which maximizes the child's time---even in a 50-50 arrangement----with the non-residential parent, I direct the reader to the book, Mom's House, Dads House, by the Isolina Ricci, PhD.

      Indeed, the research that we do have supports the serious consequences to children when the father, who is generally the non-residential parent, does not play a meaningful role in lives of his children. The book, Fatherneed, (2000) by Dr. Kyle Pruitt, summarizes the research at Yale University about the importance of fathers to their children. And another post on this page summarizes an extensive list of other research.

      Children of divorce or separation of their parents previously had each parent 100% of the time and obviously cannot have the same arrangement subsequent to their parents' separation. But it makes no sense to this family therapist that the result of parental separation is that the child is accorded only 20% time with one parent and 80% with the other. What rational person could possibly justify this?

  2. Children's Bill of Rights


    Every kid has rights, particularly when mom and dad are splitting up. Below are some things parents shouldn't forget -- and kids shouldn't let them -- when the family is in the midst of a break-up.

    You have the right to love both your parents. You also have the right to be loved by both of them. That means you shouldn't feel guilty about wanting to see your dad or your mom at any time. It's important for you to have both parents in your life, particularly during difficult times such as a break-up of your parents.

    You do not have to choose one parent over the other. If you have an opinion about which parent you want to live with, let it be known. But nobody can force you to make that choice. If your parents can't work it out, a judge may make the decision for them.

    You're entitled to all the feelings you're having. Don't be embarrassed by what you're feeling. It is scary when your parents break up, and you're allowed to be scared. Or angry. Or sad. Or whatever.

    You have the right to be in a safe environment. This means that nobody is allowed to put you in danger, either physically or emotionally. If one of your parents is hurting you, tell someone -- either your other parent or a trusted adult like a teacher.

    You don't belong in the middle of your parents' break-up. Sometimes your parents may get so caught up in their own problems that they forget that you're just a kid, and that you can't handle their adult worries. If they start putting you in the middle of their dispute, remind them that it's their fight, not yours.

    Grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins are still part of your life. Even if you're living with one parent, you can still see relatives on your other parent's side. You'll always be a part of their lives, even if your parents aren't together anymore.

    You have the right to be a child. Kids shouldn't worry about adult problems. Concentrate on your school work, your friends, activities, etc. Your mom and dad just need your love. They can handle the rest.


    ----Special Concerns of Children Committee, March, 1998

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      Brotherhood of Trainmen v. Virginia ex rel. Virginia State Bar, 377 U.S. 1; v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335; Argersinger v. Hamlin, Sheriff 407 U.S. 425 ~ Litigants can be assisted by unlicensed laymen during judicial proceedings.

      Conley v. Gibson, 355 U.S. 41 at 48 (1957) ~ "Following the simple guide of rule 8(f) that all pleadings shall be so construed as to do substantial justice"... "The federal rules reject the approach that pleading is a game of skill in which one misstep by counsel may be decisive to the outcome and accept the principle that the purpose of pleading is to facilitate a proper decision on the merits." The court also cited Rule 8(f) FRCP, which holds that all pleadings shall be construed to do substantial justice.

      Davis v. Wechler, 263 U.S. 22, 24; Stromberb v. California, 283 U.S. 359; NAACP v. Alabama, 375 U.S. 449 ~ "The assertion of federal rights, when plainly and reasonably made, are not to be defeated under the name of local practice."

      Elmore v. McCammon (1986) 640 F. Supp. 905 ~ "... the right to file a lawsuit pro se is one of the most important rights under the constitution and laws."

      Federal Rules of Civil Procedures, Rule 17, 28 USCA "Next Friend" ~ A next friend is a person who represents someone who is unable to tend to his or her own interest.

      Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519 (1972) ~ "Allegations such as those asserted by petitioner, however inartfully pleaded, are sufficient"... "which we hold to less stringent standards than formal pleadings drafted by lawyers."

      Jenkins v. McKeithen, 395 U.S. 411, 421 (1959); Picking v. Pennsylvania R. Co., 151 Fed 2nd 240; Pucket v. Cox, 456 2nd 233 ~ Pro se pleadings are to be considered without regard to technicality; pro se litigants' pleadings are not to be held to the same high standards of perfection as lawyers.

      Maty v. Grasselli Chemical Co., 303 U.S. 197 (1938) ~ "Pleadings are intended to serve as a means of arriving at fair and just settlements of controversies between litigants. They should not raise barriers which prevent the achievement of that end. Proper pleading is important, but its importance consists in its effectiveness as a means to accomplish the end of a just judgment."

      NAACP v. Button, 371 U.S. 415); United Mineworkers of America v. Gibbs, 383 U.S. 715; and Johnson v. Avery, 89 S. Ct. 747 (1969) ~ Members of groups who are competent nonlawyers can assist other members of the group achieve the goals of the group in court without being charged with "unauthorized practice of law."

      Picking v. Pennsylvania Railway, 151 F.2d. 240, Third Circuit Court of Appeals ~ The plaintiff's civil rights pleading was 150 pages and described by a federal judge as "inept". Nevertheless, it was held "Where a plaintiff pleads pro se in a suit for protection of civil rights, the Court should endeavor to construe Plaintiff's Pleadings without regard to technicalities."

      Puckett v. Cox, 456 F. 2d 233 (1972) (6th Cir. USCA) ~ It was held that a pro se complaint requires a less stringent reading than one drafted by a lawyer per Justice Black in Conley v. Gibson (see case listed above, Pro Se Rights Section).

      Roadway Express v. Pipe, 447 U.S. 752 at 757 (1982) ~ "Due to sloth, inattention or desire to seize tactical advantage, lawyers have long engaged in dilatory practices... the glacial pace of much litigation breeds frustration with the Federal Courts and ultimately, disrespect for the law."

      Sherar v. Cullen, 481 F. 2d 946 (1973) ~ "There can be no sanction or penalty imposed upon one because of his exercise of Constitutional Rights."

      Schware v. Board of Examiners, United State Reports 353 U.S. pages 238, 239. ~ "The practice of law cannot be licensed by any state/State."

      Sims v. Aherns, 271 SW 720 (1925) ~ "The practice of law is an occupation of common right."

    2. Intimidation of Pro-Se Litigants
      The attitude of court officers toward pro-se litigants ranges from condescending to openly hostile, and when pro se's oppose an experienced attorney, they are often dispatched before having the opportunity to properly present their case. In the following article, investigative reporter Sherman Skolnick describes a scenario he has witnessed.

      Big Court Fix

      Part 1: Introduction to what you need to know

      Here is the start of what you need to know about the courts. This applies primarily to state and federal civil cases in bigger communities and cities. And please note, not EVERY court case is corrupt. Maybe one out of twenty, or one out of forty. But after you study this series, you might become more skilled in telling which is which.
      In civil cases, judges usually designate a certain day at a certain time when they have "Motion Call." That means they put on the docket for that day a list of cases where motions (parts of cases) are to be heard.
      So suppose you are a plaintiff, representing yourself against a defendant corporation or a politician or other important personality. You check the computer-generated Motion Call list taped to the wall outside the courtroom door.
      You notice that you are among the first cases to be heard that morning. The judge is not yet on the bench. The defendant's attorney is at the desk, next to the bench, whispering to the deputy clerk.
      The judge comes in, gets on the bench, and your case is among the first called. The clerk, or the judge himself, announces that your case will be heard "at the end of the call," which means you will have to wait in the courtroom for several hours, perhaps close to lunch-time.
      Non-lawyers tend to call the other side, "the enemy." So your enemy's attorney goes out into the hallway with his cell phone. You follow him and ask, "You were whispering to the clerk before the Motion Call started. And when the judge got on the bench, my case was pushed to the end. What is going on?"
      The enemy's "mouthpiece" does not respond. So you raise your voice and repeat the question. Suddenly, the deputy sheriff (state court) or deputy U.S. marshal (federal court) stationed in the courtroom comes out and comes up to you.
      "If you don't stop threatening counsel, I am going to have to arrest you," he warns. Outraged at being falsely accused, you raise your voice to who in past years was called the court bailiff. He barks at you, "Get away from counsel, or I will arrest you."
      You reluctantly walk away from the "counsel" and the "bailiff". You begin thinking to yourself, "Hey, what's going on here anyway?"
      You go back into the courtroom and wait. Before the clerk calls your case, all the other motions have been heard and the court has been cleared out.
      Suddenly, the bailiff goes to the courtroom door and locks it. If you are savvy, you look at the judge's face now. It is not more or less relaxed as you saw it during the Motion Call. After all, the judge often hobnobs socially with some of the same lawyers who were there during the Motion Call. He goes to golfing events with them from time to time. The judge sees many of the same attorneys at Bar Association luncheons and pep-talk meetings, where they pat themselves on the back for the great system of justice they are in. You think, "It is the wonderfully corrupt bench and the bar." And YOU are no part of it.
      So now it is just you, your enemy's counsel, the judge, the clerk, and the bailiff. If you have been around the courts before, you know to notice that the judge's face is now a little red. Although judges practice to show no expression about which way they are going to rule, they are still human and it sometimes does show in their face when a particularly difficult or clout-heavy case is to be heard.

    3. 7 Steps for Managing Awful Opposing Counsel -
      “Honestly, based on the dealings I’ve had so far, I dislike the other attorneys more than the opposing spouse! Why do attorneys have to make everything so personal?”

      The guy who said that practices family law in Florida, and I couldn’t agree more.

      You’ve had the same experience. The opposing counsel is making you miserable. You are not alone.

      My friend in Florida asked, “How do you deal with attorneys like that?”

      I’ll attempt to answer. However, I’ll warn you now that there isn’t a secret formula for these situations. There isn’t a perfect solution for dealing with these difficult humans.

      When I’m dealing with one of these lawyers, I assume that we’re in for the long haul. These folks typically drag out every element of the case.

      How to Never Let Your Clients (Or Opposing Counsel) See You Sweat

      Here’s my advice:

      1. Accept it. Accept that they are who they are and that you can’t change that reality.

      2. Be normal. Make every effort to resolve your cases as amicably as usual. Be yourself. Don’t let their anger, hostility, and bad behavior change you. Don’t spend any special time or effort coming up with some magic plan of action because it’s not likely to work, and it only raises your clients’ expectations.

      3. Explain the increased expense. Tell your clients that you’re likely to go to trial. Explain to the clients how this sort of behavior works in these cases. Explain that it drives up the costs and that they’re in for a long, expensive battle unless they want to concede now and be done by taking a grossly unfair deal. Help your clients understand that a bad deal is a choice some people prefer when compared to letting opposing counsel drag things on forever. Do a cost/benefit analysis with your clients.

      4. Inoculate yourself with your clients. Tell your clients they’re going to have doubts about the quality of your representation and the fairness of the process. Help the clients understand that opposing counsel is acting in an effort to have that impact. Explain that opposing counsel’s bad behavior undermines confidence in you, and that’s the intent. Explain that it makes clients feel out of control. Predict the future for your clients—a future filled with ugly comments, unpleasant interactions, and protracted litigation. Help your clients understand that ultimately, the outcome will still be fair and reasonable.

      5. Avoid emotional counterpunching. Make no effort to psych out opposing counsel. Tell your clients why you aren’t going to bother. Don’t attempt to be a bigger jerk than they’re being. Try not to engage in the crazy behavior. Moving forward with the process is the only agenda.

      6. Get ready for trial. Keep moving your cases forward. Always have an event on the calendar. Assume you’re going to try these cases, and don’t get sucked into the endless insanity of unproductive settlement discussions.

      7. Get it over with. Try the cases. Your clients need finality. They need it to be over. You’ve prepared them for the inevitability of a long, hard slog, and they know it ends with the judgment of the court. Push it forward and get it finished. That way, neither you nor your clients will have to deal with these difficult humans any longer than necessary.

      As I said earlier, there isn’t an easy solution for these most difficult lawyers. Just do the job and accept that they make the process inefficient, expensive, and unpleasant. By pushing forward and disconnecting from the aggravating insanity, you’ll survive this case and be ready for the next one. Unfortunately, you’ll likely have another case with these same lawyers and have to deal with their negative behavior again down the road.

      If knowing that you’ll have to deal with these people over and over is something you can’t tolerate, then sadly, this work may not be for you.

    4. Florida Judge & Lawyer Complaints

      How to file complaints against Florida Family Law Judges and Family Law Lawyers?

      Each State has its own procedures for filing complaints against Judges. All states require a written and signed complaint. Some states have a form for you to fill out. Other States request a letter. Grievances of misconduct usually concern issues of conflict of interest or impartiality. Adverse rulings or judgments are not considered legitimate grievances. You must support the complaint to the JQC about the Florida Family Law Judge with sufficient documentation.

      Florida Family Law Judge Complaints
      Write to the Florida Judicial Qualifications Committee.
      Florida Family Law Judicial Complaint
      Mailing Address
      Judicial Qualifications Committee (JQC)
      1110 Thomasville Road
      Tallahassee, FL 32303

      All states maintain an agency to process lawyer complaints. These disciplinary counsels can usually be found as a department of the state bar association or as a branch of the state Supreme Court. Complaints in Florida can be filed by filling out a form supplied by the disciplinary counsel or by writing a letter to The Florida Bar.

      Florida Family Law Lawyer Complaints
      The Florida Bar handles complaints about family law lawyers in Florida.
      Mailing Address
      The Florida Bar
      651 E. Jefferson Street
      Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300

    5. The National Association of Pro Se Litigants ~

      Our Mission

      1. Enable pro se litigants and fight to protect their rights and interests.

      2. Raise public awareness that constitutional rights are not guaranteed and pinpoint the three major reasons average citizens are denied rights.

      a. Judicial Corruption and Incompetence

      b. Lawyer Corruption and Incompetence

      c. Flaws in the design of the Judicial System

      3. Hold lawyers and judges personally accountable when they betray public trust.

      4. Correct the picture that the corrupt elements of our justice system have painted of pro se litigants.

      a. We are not ignorant. Many of us have advanced degrees and understand the law better than those licensed to practice it.

      b. We are not crazy.

      c. We are not anti-government.

      d. We are American Citizens, many who have served our country, and we are merely seeking what our Constitution purports to guarantee -- Liberty and Justice For All!

  3. Dear Friends,

    One in six Americans know someone who has been falsely accused of domestic violence. The silver bullets in divorce, false allegations are sometimes used to obtain child custody. This despicable act removes fit and loving parents from the lives of their children.

    Please take a moment, as soon as possible, and speak out for the millions of children who are missing a falsely accused parent. And do it for the parents who are grieving for their children, stolen with a lie.

    Find your senators here:

    Take note of their party affiliation and phone number.

    If your senator is a Republican, call, and ask them to support Sen. Grassley's Substitute Amendment to VAWA.

    If your senator is a Democrat, call, and ask them to demand changes to Sen. Leahy's VAWA (S. 1925), to curb false allegations of domestic violence.

    Do it For the Children, Stolen with a Lie

    Thank you for taking a stand for affected families everywhere.

  4. “Justice is a part of the human makeup. And if you deprive a person of Justice on a continuous basis, it’s really an attack (and not to get religious or anything) but it’s an attack on the human soul. We have, as societies, evolved ideas of Justice and we have done that because human nature needs Justice and it needs resolution. And if you deprive somebody of that long enough they’re going to have reactions…”
    ~ Juli T. Star-Alexander – Executive Director, Redress, Inc.

    Redress, Inc. 501c3 nonprofit corporation, created to combat corruption. Our purpose is to provide real assistance and solutions for citizens suffering from injustices. We operate as a formal business, with a Board of Directors guiding us. We take the following actions to seek redress: Competently organize as citizens working for the enforcement of our legal rights. Form a coalition so large and so effective that the authorities can no longer ignore us. We support and align with other civil rights groups and get our collective voices heard. Work to pass laws that benefit us and give us the means to fight against corruption, as is our legal right, and we work to repeal laws that are in violation of our legal rights. Become proactive in the election process, by screening of political candidates. As individuals, we support those who are striving to achieve excellence, and show how to remove from office those who have failed to get the job done. Make our presence known through every legal means. We monitor our courts and judges. We petition our government representatives for the assistance they are bound to provide us. We publicize our cases and demand redress. Create a flow of income that enables us to fight back in court, and to assist our members impoverished by the abuses inflicted on us. Create the means to relieve the stresses on us, as we share information and support each other. We become legal advocates for each other; we become an emotional support network for each other; we problem solve for individuals on a group basis! Educate our judges, lawyers, court personnel, law enforcement personnel and elected leaders about our rights as citizens! Actively work to eliminate incompetence, bias/prejudice, special relationships and corruption at all levels of government! Work actively with all media sources, to shed light on our efforts. It is reasonable to expect that if the authorities know we are watching and documenting, that their behaviors will improve. IT'S A HUGE TASK! Accountability will not happen overnight. But we believe that through supporting each other, we support ourselves. This results in a voice for justice and redress that cannot be ignored. Please become familiar with our web site, and feel free to call. We need each other - help us to help you! Although we are beginning operations in Nevada, we intend to extend into each state in a competent fashion. We are NOT attorneys, unless individual attorneys join us as members. We are simply people helping people. For those interested, we do not engage in the practice of law. You might be interested in this article Unauthorized Practice of Law on the Net. Call Redress, Inc. at 702.597.2982 or e-mail us at WORKING TOGETHER TO ATTAIN FAIRNESS

  5. By Darby Jay @ Target Children Parents Relatives Society

    "I am a father...Not a deadbeat...Not a coward...Not a man that runs away from being a father, or a deserter of my own flesh and blood. Not a sperm donor or a court appointed ATM, but a Father in the purest form of the word. And while choosy “Moms choose Jif”; I sit, at 3:05 am holding the hot hands of a sick 7 year old princess. But that’s my job. Because...I am a Father.
    I would speak to my daughter while she was in utero. She would respond with little kicks and from the womb...we interacted, and hadn’t even seen each other yet. When you immediately accept that, even before your child takes its first breath, you are already a Father; you immediately begin to bond with your child. (I am a Father)
    The Family Law Court System as a whole, and it’s Judges, destroy the lives of children and in turn entire families by violating a Father’s right to "Due Process" and "Equal Protection" under the law. But we’ve known that for decades. Anyone that thinks or believes that there is "Due Process" for Fathers in the Family Law Court System should be placed in a padded room and heavily sedated. Why is it ok for Fathers to miss their children? Why is it ok for a Father to be sick and wrapped in worry? Why is it permissible for “Non Custodial” parents to start legal proceedings at an immediate disadvantage? Why is there no legislation in place to safeguard Fathers that are being swept in amid the men that make us all look bad? We are judged before the first hearing? It physically hurts on days (that) I don’t have my daughter with me. “DEPRESSION HURTS!” as the commercial for anti-depressants says...right? (It hurts because...I am a Father.)
    Ask yourself, what parent wouldn’t be stressed sleepless concerned about their child? Therefore forcing time away from a parent and child would reasonably cause a great deal of stress and worry.. .to truly say the least. But the Family Law Court (and) its Judges are far from reasonable. Now, just imagine that you’re sitting at your desk at work, and two armed Sheriffs approach the receptionist’s desk, then your intercom buzzes, and you are then summoned to the front desk The Sheriff asks you for your name. And then politely informs you that you have been served with child support papers. And that’s just the beginning. Keep in mind that you are the same father that went through the entire pregnancy, CPR classes, ultrasounds, the Birth...ya know Dad stuff. For the record, (a sidebar really); Any man that has stood side by side, each day and night for nine months with a hormonal, morning, noon and night vomiting, habitual mood swinger knows that Fathers don’t exactly have it easy during a nine month pregnancy either. Weather you are an amazing Father, or a deadbeat looser, Family Law Court will filter your life through Hell all the same. I am a Father.
    With no criminal record, never been arrested, no history of violence, domestic or other; At what point did I ask to be Non-Custodial.? There is nothing “Non-Custodial” about me! I have never needed a Court's Order to care for my Daughter. Since when have I not been a Father? I clinch my fist and grit my teeth while, the very system set in place to protect our families not only fatally fails, but spits in my face and violates my rights." (I AM A FATHER!)

    "There is no system ever devised by mankind that is guaranteed to rip husband and wife or father, mother and child apart so bitterly than our present Family Court System." -Judge Brian Lindsay Retired Supreme Court Judge, New York, New York

    "What Social Services is good at is removing "Power" from people. When this is accomplished, then there go choices." -Mr. Sharles Johnson

  6. A Support and Advocacy blog for Protective Parents and innocent Children harmed by wrongdoing under the color of law, the Family Law and CPS Industries. We investigate where the media can't or won't go.

    The people "have the right to instruct their representatives, petition government for redress of grievances, and assemble freely to consult for the common good." In Keeping with the Constitution, Blind Bulldog is committed to serving the common good in Shasta County.

    The following, brilliant take is from a Blind Bulldog affiliate from Southern Cal:

    "The untethered aggression of family courts is due to a vacuum of institutional client advocacy--unlike criminal courts, which have firmly-established constitutional rights, strict state and federal oversight of state court judges, and a dedicated “criminal defense bar” to thwart government aggression, or civil courts that have “plaintiffs'” and “defense” bars to balance one another’s private agendas, family court has no “litigant bar.” The divorce attorneys themselves favor aggression for the simple reason identified in the movie--follow the money. Attorneys have not filled that vacuum to defend their own clients, leaving them vulnerable to the natural tendency of government to intrude. Family court litigants are, sad to say, woefully unaware of what they’re up against, and the body count shows results that are entirely predictable--but we think preventable.

    Family court was created by lawyers and judges--literally--rather than the citizens it should be protecting. We’ve located the history through testimony and other documentation showing something like a Jekyll Island series of “off the record” meetings between California judges, attorneys, and bureaucrats in the 90’s to “set up” family court to their liking, then seeking what became essentially a rubber stamp granting unheard of discretion from the California legislature. This system is now unfortunately the model or trend for many states--hence our nationwide membership and approach. Citizens had virtually no input and maintain no control.

    Federal courts have observed unusually broad adaptations of “federalism,” “comity,” “standing,” and “abstention” legal doctrines to leave the vacuum unoccupied by otherwise ordinary protections of federal rights for individual citizens and legal consumers. Litigants themselves are outmatched in organization--they’re a revolving door commodity. No one wants to stick around long enough to enforce reform. Hence rampant abuse in a lop-sided system of foxes guarding the henhouse, and you and I are on the ever-expanding menu."

  7. "Normal parents can put the needs of their children first. They know that demeaning and demonizing their partner harms the children, and however they may feel, they do not want to harm their children. The problem of brainwashing children arises when one or other parent or both put their needs first and use the children as weapons against each other. These are the adults who have personality disorders that go unrecognized in court. There both parents are given an equal hearing the problem occurs when one parent lies and cheats under oath, manipulates the judiciary and everyone in the case while the normal parent looks on in horror. Women will always be given the benefit of the doubt over men especially by men which is why so many men loose their children. The training of so called experts in the universities and in workshops has been in the hands of radical feminists for the last forty years as a result there is no level playing field between parents any longer. All I can say that I have seen children deprived of a loving parent reconnect after years of demonizing that parent. For other parents they have to live with the injustice for the rest of their lives their child or children are to damaged to ever know the truth." ~ Erin Pizzey

  8. It's human nature to seek out a partner in life, and to possibly marry and have children. Unfortunately the matrimonial establishment, as we are all aware, is being methodically torn down by a demoralized society. Sadly the divorce rate is still on the rise and the foundation of marriage is being devalued and is crumbling. As adults we learn to adapt and move on when divorce attacks our lives but for children this is another story. They are the real victims of divorce and unfortunately they will suffer dearly from our selfishness and in most cases follow the same path of destruction if not worse.
    As a nation we have been granted certain civil rights by our constitution. Through the years it has been amended to better the lives of many Americans. The two most notable changes have come to Women in the 1920s and with African Americans in the 1960s. These rights were long overdue for both segments of our nation but thankfully we realized our mistakes and corrected them. This was not an easy journey for either of these crusades but through dedication and perseverance the bells of liberty rang loudly and victory was achieved.
    Unfortunately we have reached yet another fork in the road and with that comes another challenge to the American people. "We've worked hard for women's rights, but we have to watch out that the pendulum doesn't swing the other way" says Ruthie J. of the Reach FM. Ironically the pendulum has already swung far to one side and this time the male gender is being demonized by erroneous and fraudulent information. Males are being portrayed as callus, uncaring, and without emotion. We are being taught that men represent 95% of abuse in this nation against women. These and many other false statistics are being recklessly strewn throughout society and none of it is true. Yes, women are being abused by men that is a fact. striking a woman is abhorrent to the highest degree and should be dealt with appropriately but men are abused at an equal rate and they are being ignored. According to a study by the Center for Disease Control men represent 38% of domestic violence related injuries. Compound that with the fact that only 0.9% of men report abuse verses 8.5% of women and I think we have a pretty equal degree of violence between partners.
    The cornerstone of this "abuse" is VAWA the Violence Against Women Act. It was passed into law by Bill Clinton in 1994 and has been extended by every subsequent President. This law funnels Billions of dollars into discriminatory education and propaganda that violates men's civil rights. Many times DVIs or Domestic Violence Injunctions are used as a tool in divorce, child custody or just vengeance against a partner, most often against males. This is because the system of acquiring a DVI is simple and requires no evidence, witnesses or prior police reports. Just the word of an alleged victim making a claim of abuse. The repercussions of these orders are devastating and many times result in a violation, arrest and complete destruction of one's life. Even in cases when they are dismissed, a serious blemish remains on the falsely accused forever; how does that look to potential employers who almost always perform background checks prior to employment? This must be stopped and a better system of protecting all victims of domestic violence should be put in place.
    I hope to help bring awareness to gender discrimination and help provide support for men who are abused. There are programs to help women of abuse but nothing for men. My website will provide more information on the facts, my personal experiences and the stories of those who have been victims of this heinous tactic of relationship vengeance. Men and women should truly have equal rights and currently the scales are unjustly tilted. Let's work together to end domestic violence and not vilify one gender as inherently abusive. "United we stand, divided we fall" A powerful statement that we must never forget.

    Thank you,
    Tom Lemons

  9. The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has been interpreted to provide EVERY AMERICAN with the CONSTITUTIONAL right to self-representation, if they so choose. That privilege, like all other constitutional rights, should be enjoyed without fear of harassment, prejudice, or abuse. Furthermore, no law, regulation, or policy should exist to abridge or surreptitiously extinguish that right.

    Self-Represented Litigants have no less of a right to FAIR and MEANINGFUL due process under the federal and state constitutions as those individuals who choose to utilize an attorney for their legal affairs and issues. In fact, NOWHERE in any state or federal constitution does it specify that the hiring of a lawyer is a prerequisite to exercising one's due process rights. Democratic principles dictate that we have the right to freely choose between self-representation and hiring a lawyer to handle our legal matters without suffering humiliation, prejudice, or penalization. After all, it is the parties to the litigation that ultimately have to deal with the consequences of the case's outcome, and not the judge or the lawyers involved in the matter.

    Contrary to the view of certain judges and lawyers, those who opt to litigate their own legal matters without an attorney are NOT second-class citizens deserving of contempt and injustice. Instead, they are BRAVE CITIZENS with an inalienable right to have their legal causes adjudicated objectively and justly -- with or without a lawyer. Self-representation can be a difficult, time-consuming, and often frightening experience, especially for those burdened by demanding work schedules, family responsibilities, and other obligations of day-to-day living. Accordingly, those who engage in the difficult task of self-litigation should be REVERED for their COURAGE and DEDICATION, not scorned or abused.

    We also need to amass momentous opposition against those persons, agencies, and institutions who, in the interest of protecting huge profits, careers, and prestige, subject self-litigants to a hostile and often abusive litigation atmosphere calculated to suppress self-representation and force people to become completely and financially dependent on lawyers to gain "paid" access to a taxpayer-funded legal system.


    Activist sometimes exhibit impatience with theory - often for good reasons. They have seen nonviolence caught in an ideological net in which the purity of ideology eclipsed activity and the nonviolent effort was undermined by a deflection of energy. But nonviolent theory is absolutely necessary. It introduces to the world a new strategy for resisting evil without creating new evils and becoming evil ourselves. But more important, it articulates a new way of being that yields a vision of peace more powerful than all the armies of all the nations of the world. (Peace is the Way, 2000)

  10. Our message to the Legal Community
    We have had enough! We will follow the rules of the system, but we now demand that you follow those same rules. If you conduct yourself with honesty and integrity, then we have no qualms with you. But if you are one of the corrupt, overpriced, lazy or incompetent members of the legal community; we will shine a spotlight on you. Every blunder, every unjust ruling, every dirty trick you've ever played, every incompetent, unethical act will be broadcast to the public. Every case you handle will be publicly scrutinized until you make right the lives you have ruined or you are out of business, whichever comes first.

    We are not afraid to call you out! We are not afraid to picket in front of your law offices or any place where you present yourself as a respectable, credible, trustworthy member of society, which you are not. We are not afraid to boycott you; and we will not be intimidated by defamation or any other type of lawsuit or harassment techniques that you cook up.

    Despite our disgust at the corruption that has overtaken our justice system, we will treat you more fairly than you've treated us, so we do not need to defame you. If we put a spotlight on you, you have already defiled yourself. We will simply convict you in the Court of Public Opinion using your own words and deeds.

    And we will leave it to the public to sentence you. Loss of business, respect, credibility, standing on the Bench or in the Bar, or denial of political advancement are what we predict the sentence will and should be.

    We provide benefit to pro-se litigants through our services; to the legal community by pointing out and providing solutions to corruption and inefficiencies in the system (so that you may fix them) and we provide benefit to society by facilitating an alternative for aggrieved people -- who without equal access to the law -- may take justice into their own hands -- as vigilantes. Therefore, it is in everyone's best interest that pro-se litigants be treated with respect, and fairly.

    Written by Gordon E. Finley, Ph.D., Miami

    While I applaud columnist Paul Flemming for a sound review of the issues in Saturday’s “Alimony bill will be great — for lawyers,” his bottom-line conclusion is dead wrong.

    The proposed state alimony reform bill will reduce litigation, not increase litigation. A bit of history: For years, the divorce vultures (a.k.a., the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar) have conned the Florida Legislature into writing divorce legislation that maximizes litigation and thus maximizes their income. In part, they have accomplished this by maximizing judicial discretion, which in practice means endless conflict and, of course, endless paid litigation.

    No matter what they may say, the divorce vultures are interested only in one thing — maximizing their income.

    I can irrefutably demonstrate this point with Flemming’s own words: “Thomas Duggar, an attorney in Tallahassee and a member of the Florida Bar’s Family Law Section, said last week at a Tallahassee Bar Association meeting that the section has a $100,000 war chest to sway public opinion against the legislation.”

    Do your readers honestly believe they are spending all this money so they will lose income? The divorce vultures get the message in terms of what alimony reform will cost them — and save the children, fathers and mothers of divorce. I regret Mr. Flemming did not do the same.

    Full Disclosure: I am an alimony-paying divorced father of two young adult daughters and retired university divorce researcher with multiple research and scholarly publications on this topic.

    Personally, I can’t find anyone willing to reject that statement publicly. It’s a fundamental truth. We now have a wealth of evidence demonstrating children are better off, in most situations, when they have something near equal time with each parent. So why are shared-parenting bills are being rejected throughout the country?

    Do legislators believe mothers are more important to children than fathers? For the most part, I don’t think so. Politicians are, however, under quite a bit of pressure from some very powerful anti-shared parenting special interests. Recently, we’ve seen these opponents contribute to shared-parenting bills failing to pass in South Dakota and Minnesota.

    Some would argue disappointments like those are clear signs that shared parenting legislation will not happen anytime soon. The opposite is true. The near victories in these states and others is an enormous indication politicians are beginning to understand the vast majority of American citizens believe children of divorce deserve equal access to both parents, whenever possible.

    In fact, South Dakota’s bill lost in a 21-13 Senate vote. That’s a swing of 5 senators. If merely 5 senators felt more pressure from South Dakotans than they did from special interests, South Dakota would have a shared parenting statute. We should commend the remaining politicians in South Dakota’s Senate for doing the right thing.

    In Minnesota … well, Minnesota is a travesty. That bill passed, and on May 24, 2012 Governor Mark Dayton vetoed it. Governor Dayton claimed that both sides made “compelling arguments,” but because the “ramifications” of the legislation were “uncertain,” he decided to single-handedly overrule the will of his constituents and their representatives. Mr. Governor, unless you are ending slavery or beginning women’s suffrage, you will likely never have the benefit of “certainty” in your political career. Again, we should praise the Minnesotan politicians who voted for the bill.

    Six people. Six people stopped two states from enacting shared parenting. Six people do not indicate shared parenting is a distant hope – they indicate profoundly that it is an imminent inevitability.

    Mike Haskell is a divorced dad, shared parenting supporter and practicing family law attorney in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    ACFC is America's Shared Parenting Organization


    The members of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children dedicate ourselves to the creation of a family law system and public awareness which promotes equal rights for ALL parties affected by issues of the modern family.

    ACFC is challenging the current system of American family law and policy. Through a national system of local affiliates and in alliance with other pro-family and civil liberties groups, ACFC is shifting the public debate to the real causes of family dissolution.


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