Texas Fathers Rights Movement

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Membership Drive

Texas Fathers’ Rights Movement Membership Drive

Likely you or someone you care about have been negatively impacted by Texas’ family laws.

 

I want to take a minute to tell you that you are not alone.

  • You are not alone in feeling that something is seriously wrong with the Texas Family Law system.
  • You are not alone in reaching out to a community of affected parents like the Texas Fathers’ Rights Movement.
  • You are not alone in your desire for change and
  • YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN YOUR WILLINGNESS TO CAUSE CHANGE.

 

Please take a look at some of the work we have been doing at Texas TFRM.

 

Here are a few projects we are working on right now:

  • DIY Legal – Dealing with Visitation Denial (under construction)
  • We are working on a statewide analysis similar to what we did in Tarrant County which shows the distribution of different types of visitation schedules, and how often non-custodial parents get minimum visitation.
  • .We are doing a study to correlate how often judges award awarded attorney fees with how much those attorneys donate to the judges campaign contribution.
  • We are working on eLearning courses
    • The best Interest of the child and how to prove it in your case
    • Evidence- the Texas rules of evidence for giving testimony, cross examining and presenting physical evidence
    • Texas civil procedure – the rules for filing legal documents and the details you need to know in order to fight your own case
    • Texas Family Law- Statutory and common law rules covering everything that concerns non-custodial parents
    • More to come…

 

We are taking a new step in our organization and asking YOU to become a member. Our operations (all the works we have listed above) come at a cost, the cost of money and time. And we are far exceeding what is sustainable without your help. In short, we need your help to continue and to advance our efforts.

 

The price of your membership will allow us to fund our efforts (studies, political surveys, population surveys, host meetups, expand our legal self help material and so much more.)

 


Texas Fathers’ Rights Movement

Membership

 

Founding Member – $100 – limited to 100 members

 

By joining at the Founding Member level, you will be in an exclusive group of people who are at the forefront of bringing change to Texas. You want to make a difference for Texas families (including possibly your own) who are fighting for equal treatment of parents and the true best interest of children. You understand the need for our organization and are committed to help us bring education, support, and advocacy for Texas fathers. We appreciate your investment in this organization at this level, and value your input.

 

In addition to being a Founding Member of this important Movement, you will receive Lifetime Member benefits, plus these exclusive benefits:

 

  • Name Listing as Founding Member on the TFRM website
  • Exclusive surveys to provide your input into TFRM priorities

      $100.00, one time fee, lifetime membership


Lifetime Member – $140

 

Lifetime members know the Texas Fathers’ Rights Movement is more than a one-year fight, and want to be able to access all of the resources for the duration. Lifetime Members also see the value in building a group who will help bring change to the family law courtrooms, so that more parents are awarded equal custody.

 

Lifetime membership includes:

 

  • All Annual Member benefits
  • No annual dues (Membership never expires)
  • Plus, FREE Lifetime Access to the E-Online Learning platform and series. (Courses described below)



    $140.00, one time fee, lifetime membership


Annual/Monthly Member – $50/$60

 

We understand that as a father, you are fighting for your parental rights, and we know how expensive that can be. We have made our annual membership affordable for dads who need the support, but may not have the funds to afford an expensive program. The information, resources, and tools we provide to members are invaluable.  

 

Annual/Monthly membership includes:

 

  • Quarterly newsletters with pertinent information to include: new case law to help you in court, legislative updates that affect your rights, new products that will support your efforts, updates on equal parenting legislation in other states to add to your knowledge bank, links to self help material, updates on grassroots efforts to change the culture and courtroom environment for fathers, and notifications on future meet-ups/presentations/events
  • Access to TFRM membership directory (with map included to find local supporters)
  • Special discounts from TFRM sponsors (coming soon)
  • Free admittance to all Texas TFRM events
  • Discounted member rates for the E-Online Learning platform and series.
    • Current series includes:  (Free)
      • Talking to your Representative (Everything you need to know about setting up a meeting with your representative and speaking intelligently about family law reform issues)

 

    • Future series to include:
      • How to deal with visitation denial
      • How to prove best interest of the child
      • Texas Rules of Evidence
      • When can you go to court (material and substantial changes)
      • How to modify custody

 

Option 1 : $50.00 USD – yearly
Option 2 : $5.00 USD – monthly


Corporate Member – $500/Annually

  • Brand/Logo and description of services on each quarterly newsletter
  • Monthly add/post on our Texas TFRM Facebook page (95,000 members)
  • Name, Logo and Service description on Texas TFRM webpage

 

$500.00, good for one year from purchase.


Texas TFRM Membership Levels
Member

Level

Price No Annual Dues (free lifetime access) Recognition as Founding member Exclusive surveys to help guide TFRM Priorities Quarterly Newspaper Special Discounts from Sponsors Free Admittance to TFRM Events Free lifetime access eLearning Courses Discounted eLearning Courses Member Directory

Access

Founder

(only first 100)

$100  
Lifetime $140      
Annual $50      
Monthly $60      
Corporate $500 Brand/Logo and description of services on each quarterly newsletter Monthly add/post on our Texas TFRM Facebook page (95,000 members)

Vote Smart- 2018 Voter Guide

Today marks the first day of Early voting. At Texas TFRM we are urging everyone to vote smart this year. 

Engage the candidates in your district. Engage your current State Reps. Call them and set up constituent meeting. Show up at town halls and debates and ask them questions publically. 

Check out our 2018 Voter Guide and see if your representative supports equal parenting, child support reform and enforcing visitation denial.

 

2018 Texas Fathers’ Rights Movement Voter Guide (Candidate Questionnaire)

Submit your info here to receive a free copy of the voter guide. 


A voter guide for the 2018 primaries has recently been put together. It consist of asking candidates the following 4 questions:

Question 1: Do you believe that children should be allowed to have equal access to both parents after a divorce or separation, assuming fit parents?

Question 2: Texas Family Code 153.252 specifies that the standard possession order is in the best interest of the child. The Standard Possession order states that non-custodial parents are allowed to visit with their children every other weekends and 2 hours on Thursdays. Texas Family Code 153.252 is the reason the S.P.O. is so prevalent in Texas. Do you agree with 153.252, that, in general, the S.P.O. is in the best interest of the child?

Question 3: Although interfering with court ordered visitation is a felony offense (Texas Penal Code 25.03), open record request to every county in Texas has shown that while the crime is prevalent and often reported, it is rarely prosecuted. Rather parents are told to spend thousands of dollars in civil court to enforce the court order through contempt proceedings. Do you believe that District Attorneys should enforce Texas penal code 25.03, Interference with Custody?

Question 4: Texas is only one of six states that uses a flat percentage model to determine child support (child support amount is based on a percentage of an obligor’s income which corresponds with how many children a obligor has). 40 other states use an Income Shares Model which takes into account BOTH parents income as well as the time each parent spends with their children. Do you think it’s time for Texas to adopt an Income Shares model of child support?

102 candidates responded. The candidates were for District Attorneys, District Judges, State Representative, State Senator and Governor. Many were challengers, some were incumbents. The results were overwhelmingly positive. 

Here is one of the candidates for State Representative:

State Representative District 150 (Harris) James Wilson-REP Q1 Yes-Absolutely.  My preference would be for a child to spend 50% of their time with each parent, or whatever schedule of time makes the most sense for the individual situation of each parent. 
Q2 No-I would prefer for the Standard Possession Order to be modified to an equal 50/50 split of the child’s time between both parents, with neither parent paying child support to the other.
Q3 Yes-Absolutely.  The law should be enforced fairly as it applies to both parents.
Q4 Yes-Absolutely.  The current flat percentage model is based upon archaic presumptions and can be unfair in many 21st century situations. I would support adoption of an Income Shares model of child support. 
Additional  

 


The voter guide has been emailed out to the individuals who have submitted their info to Texas TFRM.  Submit your info here to receive a free copy of the voter guide. 


 

Vote smart people!

 

Respectfully,

Ben Beveridge

TFRM Regional Director

2018 Primaries – Exciting times! – Get involved now and make a difference!

Click here to find the candidates in your district. Click here for information on how to engage them.

In case you are not aware, right now is a very exciting time in Texas for our movement. The 2018 primaries are in full swing, last years candidates are campaigning to keep their spot and new incumbents are eager for their turn. (By the way, early voting is February 20th-March 2nd, most elections are won or lost during early voting..). But that’s not what prompted this blog. We are interested in equal parenting (and family law reform in general), the plight of the non-custodial parent and the true best interest of Texas children, among other things. So what is exciting for us about the 2018 primaries is that for the first time people from the Movement (all the different groups across Texas) are coming together in a very real way to help candidates who support equal parenting and to support the opponents of those who don’t support equal parenting. In fact, Several others and myself in the Houston area raised over $1,000 for Richard Bonton in House District 142, Future Texas Representative Bonton has publicly stated he supports equal parenting, and more importantly, his opponent, Harold Dutton, is the reason none of the bills we support got passed, so if Bonton wins, no more Dutton! And now we are making phone calls to voters in his district, we are well over 1,000 calls made now and plan to top 10,00 by February 20th. In addition we will be working the polling stations for him during early voting. And that’s not all we are helping him with, but I won’t publically say more.

So, in addition to the Bonton campaign, there is a similar effort in Galveston county, another candidate in the Houston area actually reached out to us for our support and offered to sign a Equal Parenting Pledge to publicly state his stance, and lastly Danny Harrison who is running as an independent for Governor has pledged his support. More importantly, the voters we are calling, already know why we are calling, they know that the members of our movement are now active. And this is just my experience in the Houston area. So we want this to spread! Now is the time! Candidates are responding so favorably to us right now that it would be a waste to not take full advantage of the situation. We want this momentum to spread in two ways:

  1. We want more of you to engage the candidates RIGHT NOW while they are running for office. See where they stand on the issues and get involved with their campaign. You can help by making phone calls for them from home, they love this kind of help.
  2. Attend the public events where candidates are, like town halls, debates and fundraisers and publically ask them where they stand. Raise the issue!

 

Click here to find the candidates in your district.

Click here for information on how to engage them.

 

You see, something very fundamental has happened. An awakening, if you will. For the most part, we have waited until the legislative session was in full swing and then we would visit the capitol and ask the staffers to support our bills. But it always seemed like we were asking for handouts, and we were, since we brought nothing to the table. But that’s all we could do since we were limited on resources, right? Wrong! We were limited on funds, but not resources. We just didn’t know what we had. When candidates receive campaign donations a great part of that money goes to paying people to do block walks, make phone calls to voters in their district and otherwise pay people to help their campaign. Well we have people! We can skip the middle step of giving them money that they will spend on people by providing our time and efforts. And that’s the value we can give them, that’s how we can establish the relationships with them that we need in order to be successful with our bills.

The thing is, this is just the primaries, all this just started a few weeks ago and word is already getting out. If we can use this time now to go to the town halls and debates and make our issue heard publicly, and then if we continue to do that into the general elections, there is no doubt that our efforts, our cause and our issues will be in the mainstream news. When they talk about the general elections they will also talk about us. But only IF, we all get out there and make noise now. So what are you waiting for, go find a town hall!

Respectfully,

Ben Beveridge, TFRM Regional Director

 

Click here to find the candidates in your district.

Click here for information on how to engage them.

Quantifying the Need for Equal Parenting in Texas

Statistical Report for the 300th Judicial District Court

Texas TFRM has completed a study of custody awards and visitation schedules in Brazoria County Texas. Looking at two months of court cases in the 300th district court, we can now quantify the distribution of visitation time awarded between primary and nonprimary parents, in Brazoria County at least.

 

The study’s key findings included a showing that only 9% of visitation orders allow more than the legally prescribed minimum (4 days a month) and only 5% of the orders allowed 50/50 visitation. Additionally, only 7% of primary parents were men.

 

The study was prompted by misinformation spread to our legislature in the the last legislative session concerning the distribution of visitation schedules in Texas. Specifically, the Texas Family Law Foundation (TFLF) was informing the legislature that non-primary parents already received 47% visitation time with their children. The TFLF is self described as being the lobbying arm of the family law section of the state bar, although it is illegal for the state bar to lobby. The TFLF made the claim about non-custodial parents receiving 47% time with their children in response to H.B. 453, a bill which, if passed, would give judges the option of allowing 50% visitation time. That’s an option the TFLF does not want judges to be allowed to exercise.

 

At Texas TFRM we want all of Texas, and specifically the Texas Legislature, to be aware of the true nature of visitation orders in Texas. It has long been proved that limiting a child’s visitation to one of their parents to a mere 4 days a monthy is detrimental to children, induces ongoing litigation and high conflict court battles. This is the first of many like reports that we plan to carry out to give a representative analysis of visitation schedules awarded in all of Texas. Hopefully our work will help shed light on one of the most serious problems faced in Texas today. A problem which is detrimental to the wellbeing of Texas’ most vulnerable and beloved assets, our children.

 

Ben Beveridge, bbeveridge@tfrm.us

 

See study here

 

We are NOT visitors. We are NOT paychecks. We are NOT DEADBEATS. We ARE FATHERS.