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April 11, 2014

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Parental Alienation: Understanding It — Strategies to Fight It.
By Michelle Jones, LCSW, Member, Executive Committee, National Parents Organization of Utah

Michelle Jones
Michelle Jones, LCSW
View Michelle’s complete presentation given at a Utah Membership meeting: Parental Alienation: Understanding It — Strategies to Fight It.

We have wasted years caught in a distraction of controversy about whether or not parental alienation is a syndrome, or whether it exists at all. It is interesting how although there is a large body of research validating its existence, along with thousands of adults who attest to having suffered through it as children, and other parents who are currently traumatized, watching helplessly as their relationships with their children are being destroyed, there is still resistance and ignorance about what parental alienation really is and what to do about it. What is parental alienation? It is a pathological family interaction pattern which unjustifiably requires children to align with one parent against a formerly loved parent, putting the children in a destructive loyalty bind. It is usually within the context of a high conflict divorce that parental alienation occurs. It is a horrific form of child abuse.

Because it is anti-instinctual to hate and reject a parent, the child must develop an elaborate delusional system consisting of spurious, frivolous, and absurd rationalizations to justify the hatred and rejection. Eventually, the child comes to believe all the absurdity. The double-bind situation of being unable to have, love, and to be loved by both parents can lead to psychosis. Remaining with hatred and anger is not healthy under any circumstances, let alone for a parent.

“The process of using a child to serve the emotional needs of the alienating parent and doing that parent’s appalling bidding is abuse in itself.  It is also a reversal of a healthy family hierarchy. The child is continually operating under a cloud of anxiety because the fear of a slip of the tongue and or a slip of behavior will reveal the child’s true loving feelings for and longing for the alienated parent.  This will inevitably lead to horrific consequences from the alienating parent.   The child suffers from depression because having a parent severed from her/his life is a loss...a loss of the most severe kind.” (Linda Kase-Gottlieb, LMT, LCSW-R, excerpt taken from Amicus Brief documenting that alienation is child abuse.) Read more...

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Child’s Death Spurs Audit of Child Protective Services in All California Counties
April 10, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
It was — what? — three days ago that I reported on the Ventura County, California case of Scott and Sara Rolick. They’re the ones with a five-year-old daughter, Stevie, who’ve had her taken into foster care. Read more...

Should Eric and Charlotte Kaufman Lose Their Children?
April 9, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
So this incident has been making the news (New York Times, 4/8/14). It raises some issues about what parents may and may not do as custodians of their kids. Predictably, it’s raised the ire of many people on each side of the debate. Read more...

Child Protective Services Outrage in Ventura County, California
April 7 , 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
There’s more heavy-handedness on the part of California Child Protective Services, this time in Ventura. CPS in the Golden State has demonstrated time and again its willingness to play the role of state thug and this looks to be no exception. Read more...

U.K.: New Family Law Takes More Flak
April 7, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Having just excoriated the British government for ignoring the needs of fathers and children in their amendments to the Children’s Act set to take effect this month, I thought I’d mention that at least some members of the family law bar are saying the same things. Here’s family solicitor Mark Day’s take on the matter (Business Daily, 4/4/14). Read more...

Jolly Stanesby Writes an Open Letter to Chief Family Judge, Nicholas Wall
April 6, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The incipient revolt of fathers against the barbarity of British family law may be taking shape. As we know, the British system of handing children to mothers makes the American one look like a child’s birthday party. Here, fathers get primary custody of their kids about 17% of the time; in the U.K. it’s under 10%.Read more...

Washington Dad Awarded $9 Million in False Sexual Abuse Case
April 4, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
It’s taken almost 30 years, but justice has finally come to Clyde Ray Spencer. On February 3rd, a jury in federal court in Tacoma, Washington awarded him $9 million for the malicious denial of his civil rights by police officers and prosecutors there. Here’s the latest (The National Trial Lawyers, 3/26/14). And here’s a post I did on the case back in 2009.Read more...

Vancouver Sun Encourages Single Motherhood

April 3, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
According to this article, the Provinces of British Columbia and Ontario (at least) are insufficiently encouraging single motherhood (Vancouver Sun, 3/31/14). The writer is Daphne Bramham and she’s in a snit about the unfairness of laws and government programs regarding state support for single mothers, child support and related topics. Read more...


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