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HB 4564 Action Plan

by dadspac » Wed Jun 13, 2007 3:27 am

HB 4564 Action Plan
Darrick Scott-Farnsworth

The bill to give all children in disputed custody cases the right to have both equally fit parents in their life has been introduced to the Family and Children Services Committee. We have listened to the opposition to this equality and their words ring untrue at best and self serving evil at worst. The children’s anti-parental right lobby will not acknowledge that the majority of children are improperly being denied stability in their parental relationships due to a small percentage of cases with domestic violence. They would have us believe that since only 10% of disputed cases make it all the way to the judge that there is no need for reform in the law because 90% of cases are settled by both parents of their own free will. They would also have us believe that children do not need both parents in their lives but just need small amounts of quality time with their non-custodial parent (father). They go on to say that raising the level of evidence by making the court show clear and convincing evidence of unfitness will increase the amount of litigation between divorcing parents. This is like saying that more people would be able to file more civil actions to win millions of dollars in civil suits if the evidence standards where raised to criminal standards. Tell that to OJ…

Anyhow we must now focus on getting the bill through the committee. We know that the bill has a majority of FCS members as co-sponsors. We know that the chair Brenda Clack opposes that bill and that she probably will not let it come up for a vote without a concerted effort to convince her that she needs to. I have heard that she plans on never letting it out of committee and that she will not allow any GOP introduced bills up for 6 months. I am suggesting that we get busy mobilizing and activating within her district so that she hears from every concerned citizen. She needs to hear from all of her campaign contributors that agree that children need both parents.

Here is a link to the page that will show you who contributed to State Rep Clack’s campaign. These people need to know that she needs to be encouraged to allow a vote: http://miboecfr.nicusa.com/cgi-bin/cfr/ … nt&sched=*


Here is a link to a page that gives you the media outlets in Flint Michigan: http://www.mondotimes.com/1/world/us/22/1219

Please work on contacting everyone and getting the message out in Flint. Also the links above can be used for all of the other committee members focusing first on the members who are not co-sponsors.

Darrick Scott-Farnsworth
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by StepMomster » Tue Jul 03, 2007 4:11 am

Here’s their mailing addresses also, for anyone that wants them.

Brenda Clack
N0798 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
brendaclack@house.mi.gov

Robert Dean
N1094 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
robertdean@house.mi.gov

Frank Accavitti Jr.
N0891 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
frankaccavitti@house.mi.gov

Ted Hammon
N0899 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
tedhammon@house.mi.gov

Lisa Wojno
N0792 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
lisawojno@house.mi.gov

Fulton Sheen
N1192, House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
fultonsheen@house.mi.gov

John Stahl
S1186 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
johnstahl@house.mi.gov

Jacob Hoogendyk
N0995 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
jackhoogendyk@house.mi.gov

Brian Palmer
S0885 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
repbrianpalmer@house.mi.gov

Figured I might as save everyone the trouble. But now it’s cut and paste for contacts so no excuses. lol

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Letter to the reps in control of our fate

by Lilje » Mon Aug 06, 2007 11:11 pm

Here’s my letter (using some of the DADS material) to the reps regarding a few of the bills currently in the house. We need to get everyone writing letters to get this passed!!

To: Brenda Clack
Robert Dean
Frank Accavitti Jr.
Ted Hammon
Lisa Wojno
Fulton Sheen
John Stahl
Jacob Hoogendyk
Brian Palmer

Re: Shared Parenting Bills in the Michigan House

I’m writing to urge you to support several initiatives currently up for consideration in the Michigan House. HB 5267, 4818, and 4564. For those of you who already support this bill, I am so grateful for you and the leadership you have shown on behalf of my step-children. Thank you! For those of you who are not in support of these initiatives, please consider the following:

Did you know that children are likely to be better adjusted in Joint VS Sole Custody Arrangements in most cases? According to Review of Research (Living Situation Not As Influential As Time Spent With Parent) …a meta-analysis of 33 studies between 1982 to 1999 that examined 1,846 sole-custody and 814 joint-custody children. The studies compared child adjustment in joint physical or joint legal custody with sole-custody settings and 251 intact families. http://www.apa.org/releases/custody2.html

“Children in joint custody arrangements had less behavior and emotional problems, had higher self-esteem, better family relations and school performance than children in sole custody arrangements. And these children were as well-adjusted as intact family children on the same measures, said Bauserman, “probably because joint custody provides the child with an opportunity to have ongoing contact with both parents.”

Source Article: “Child Adjustment in Joint-Custody Versus Sole-Custody Arrangements: A Meta-Analytic Review,” Robert Bauserman, Ph.D., AIDS Administration/Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 16, No. 1.

While I’m sure you’re aware of the content of 5267 and 4564, I would like to take the opportunity to summarize it for you to be sure:

The Parental Parity Bill merely amends current law [M.C.L.A. 722.26a] to require Michigan courts to recognize and respect the presumed right of both parents to joint physical and legal custody of their minor children in divorce and custody cases; unless by clear and convincing evidence, one parent is proven unfit.

Realistically and in most instances, this bill would encourage parents to present mutually agreed upon parenting time plans for their minor children to the court for acceptance; failing that, the court would be required to impose a “50/50” joint physical/legal custody parenting plan.

Although the equal, inalienable right of parents to the care, custody, and nurturing of their children is guaranteed and protected by the U.S. Constitution, upheld by numerous U.S. Supreme Court rulings, it is sadly and routinely ignored in over 90% of the divorce and custody cases brought before Michigan family courts!

Rather than making a stink about instituting a NCAA playoff system for college football, I would have rather you spend your time supporting these initiatives. The welfare of our children far more important than a playoff system….don’t you think?

I know many politicians state that the judges do a fine job of doling out custody in divorce cases, but I assure you they do not. I am the step mother of 2 children who ask their devoted dad regularly why a man in black robe who doesn’t know them decided for them that they were better off with their mother while spending very little time at their dad’s house. I don’t have a good answer for them. Do you? Their dad attends every school and sporting event the kids have. Where is their mother….the one a judge decided was better for these two kids???? At home…NOT supporting her children. How is this justice? Coincidentally, the mediator in my husband’s case went AGAINST the recommendation of the family councilor assigned to them and gave the mother primary custody. How is that justice? How is that fair? How is that doing what is in the “best interest” of the children???!!! All the kids want is equal time but no one will listen to them. Brenda and others who don’t support our children’s rights, will you please put aside your partisan differences and help the children of Michigan have a voice in divorces? You have the opportunity to make an incredible difference, won’t you please step up to the plate and do what’s right?

Thanks.

~N. Lilje
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by StepMomster » Mon Aug 06, 2007 11:38 pm

Thanks for sharing your letter with all of us. It’s nice to see another step-parent out there fighting for these dads who don’t get anywhere on their own.
I too have been writing letters to our state reps, however I have to question rather or not they’re actually read by then and not just noted by some secretary somewhere sending out endless form letters. As I mentioned in a prior post, I’ve got enough form letters to wallpaper on entire home several times over. I’m to the point now that I feel the only good it serves is to my local pet shop… at least they won’t have a shortage on cage liners. lol

Anyway… thank you again on behalf of step-moms for bring to light some often overlooked facts. Now if only it would get us all somewhere the world REALLY would be a perfect place.

THANKS AGAIN AND GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!!!

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Great letter

by dadsofmi » Tue Aug 07, 2007 4:17 am

Great letter to Rep Clack.

We need to work on the Democrats.

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Response from Granholm’s office

by Lilje » Wed Aug 08, 2007 3:43 pm

I sent a similar letter to Govenor Granholm asking her as the LEAD Dem in Michigan to pursuade the Dems on the committee to support this bill getting to the House for a vote. Here’s the response I received:

Dear Nikki:

Thank you for contacting Governor Granholm’s Office to share
your thoughts and concerns regarding HB 5267, 4818, and 4564..

HB 5267, 4818, and 4564 have recently been introduced in the
Legislature and would mandate shared parenting custody arrangements in
Michigan. Currently, these bills are moving through the legislative
process. Should any pass the legislature and be presented to the
Governor for signature, please know that your views will be given
careful consideration.

Again, thank you for contacting Governor Granholm. Your opinion is
helpful to the Governor as she makes decisions about family court
matters that affect Michigan’s future.

Timothy Martyn Kovacik
Constituent Services Division, Office Administrator
Michigan Leadership Development Program, Internship Coordinator
Executive Office of Governor Jennifer M. Granholm

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So that’s how the Dems will position this issue….it will MANDATE shared parenting and we can’t do that to Michigan’s children because not everyone is capable of being a good parent so we are in essence protecting those who can’t protect themselves….. That’s a LOAD of doo doo. We need to work this angle to ensure the Dems know that there are still requirements that parents have to meet (fit, willing, able, etc.) before shared parenting would be awarded.

~Nikki
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by james » Sun Aug 12, 2007 9:28 pm

When I emailed the reps the only responses I got were the co sponsors of the bill.
Poor Mike Cox…… LoL
Cheated on his wifey.
He should have knocked the chick up so he could be posting on this site like the rest of us.
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