by Julia Fletcher
This past January, Al Jazeera America published the article entitled,
“Do Courts Use a Controversial Theory to Punish Mothers who Allege Abuse?”
The answer is: “Yes!” And, here’s an even more important question:
“Where’s the United States of America’s
mainstream media’s investigation and coverage of the family court crisis?”
(Refresh the page if the video clip doesn’t load right away.)
Domestic Violence Continued: Contested Child Custody. Producer Dr. Sharon K. Araji, University of Colorado Denver, 2010, DVD.
My attorney told me to hide any abuse, not to say anything about abuse that I had suffered, otherwise I would lose the kids. So I kept quiet. Great job making people afraid to be honest.
If you watched the video clip, you saw real attorneys speaking about real cases involving real abuse. In family courts across the country, there are no plans to protect anyone from dangerous abuse, find an alternative to the adversarial process or remove the for-profit activities in abuse cases. It’s unconscionable.
What is that percentage of custody going to fathers that shows endemic misogyny? If 85% of sole custody orders go to mothers is that endemic misandry?
The subject of the article and the subject of the post is about the use of a ploy in family courts. Richard Gardner named it, “The Parental Alienation Syndrome”. Anyone interested in the subject who doesn’t understand what it’s about should watch the video clip. The two attorneys from Alaska tell it like it is and it’s time for the authorities to listen. The entire video is in the link below the clip.
Here’s another post about Mr. Gardner’s made-up theory: Richard Gardner’s Smoking Guns and Elephants
I have asked myself the same question (Where is mainstream media’s coverage?). Thank goodness for social media — otherwise the despair & possibly suicide rate could be greater. I encourage others to talk to spiritual leaders from Max Lucado to Beth Moore to the Dali Llama to whoever. The Episcopal church speaks out against human trafficking & hunger. I feel sure if we approach & explore all the angles (teachers aiding in alienation, for example) that someone is sure to help bring attention to this cruel form of emotional oppression.
Thanks for your comment Mary. Just out of curiosity, did you watch the video clip?
It’s far, far beyond time to make one parent the winner and one the loser when parents divorce. Normal, loving, caring parents are alienated away from their own children when they don’t live with them and aren’t there to love them for half a childhood, let alone the full amount of parenting time they once thought they’d have. Make equal custody the rule. Accept the fact that one or both of the parents had good reasons for the divorce, and no reason to stay friends. Stop the fighting before it starts. Stop the spending that profits experts and family law attorneys but deprives children of their chances to pay for college. Then deal with the abuse issues, as awful as they are.