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Long Awaited Massachusetts Alimony Reform

A long-awaited alimony reform bill filed with the Massachusetts Legislature has won the approval of the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA). The Alimony Reform Act of 2011 would bring time limits on alimony orders and enact fair and equitable alimony in the state, according to the MBA. Massachusetts’ current alimony law does not have a limit on the duration of an alimony award, does not clearly...

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What is Parental Alienation?

Parental alienation is an act by a parent that tries to denigrate and destroy the relationship between a child and the other targeted parent. Many consider parental alienation to be a form of child abuse. Symptoms of alienation can vary from child to child, making it difficult to explain the need for help, according to Jill Duffy, a father’s rights attorney with Cordell & Cordell....

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How to Deal with Parental Alienation

Any father who has been the targeted parent of parental alienation and witnessed first-hand its dangerous effects always wants to know, “how could I have avoided this?” Parental alienation disorder is a mental condition in which a child, usually one put in the middle of a contentious divorce, allies strongly with one parent and rejects a relationship with the other parent without legitimate justification.



Men and Fathers: Get Your Justice

It’s no secret that men and fathers battling for equal rights face an uphill battle in a family court setting. Lary Holland recognized this, but also saw more of a problem with family courts as a whole within the country. So he started Get Your Justice Live, which originally was a podcast about the local laws and policies that he distributed to government employees.



Kentucky Adopts Uniform Rules For Family Law

Kentucky has adopted uniform rules for family law cases statewide for the first time and there are rules that are beneficial but also some that are harmful to father’s rights. The theory behind the Family Rules was to take the best practices from the state along with relevant statutes, civil rules and controlling case law and codify that into the Family Rules, thus streamlining divorces...

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Fathers Discriminated Against in Citizenship Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments about gender discrimination and citizenship that father’s and men’s rights groups are calling an unconstitutional double standard. Currently, children born overseas who have one U.S.-citizen parent can obtain U.S. citizenship if the citizen parent had been physically present in the U.S. for a certain period of time before the child’s birth, according to the Supreme Court’s blog. If the...

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Fathers and Families Legislative Agenda

Fathers & Families is a national organization committed to family court reform at the political level. The group’s wide-ranging and ambitious legislative agenda for 2011 is aimed at providing more men’s and father’s rights in family law cases. One bill that is being introduced in the California legislature would give the courts statutory power to enforce visitation orders, something that should have been done decades...

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Hague Convention – International Child Abduction Help

When a child is involved in an international parental kidnapping dispute, the non-offending parent should look to the Hague Convention for guidance. The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is a treaty between countries that agree to cooperate and abide one set of laws, the Hague Convention, for the return of children removed from their home country for custody disputes.



Tips to Prevent International Child Abduction

International child abduction is a crime in every U.S. state and in some cases the abducting parent can be charged with a federal crime under the International Parental Kidnapping Crime Act. Nevertheless, international parental kidnapping continues to happen. The Office of Children’s Issues at the State Department lists on its website measures to help prevent this horrible situation from occurring.



Child Support Reform – Fathers and Families

Going after a man’s wallet and his finances is one of the more blatant and destructive ways the family court system attacks men. The past few years many fathers have fallen behind on child support payments due to the economy and high unemployment rate. The problem is when dads do fall behind it is extremely difficult to pay off the additional arrears because of the...

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