Tuesday, July 29, 2008

MP backs change to tax law for divorced parents

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Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar has taken up the cause of divorced parents who share custody of their children, but can't claim a lucrative federal tax deduction because they pay child support.

A Letter to My Daughter from Walking the Black Dog

Murder trial draws attention from legal scholars

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A murder case playing out in a Guelph courtroom could be the first of its kind in Canada, according to one legal expert who has travelled across the country to watch the proceedings.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Gender Bias in Family Law Matters, Real or Imagined?

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It is no secret that fathers and mothers are treated very differently in the courts, whether that be Family Court or Criminal Court, judges, lawyers, social service workers, etc. all have their biases about either or both parents.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Children of slain Edmonton woman to stay with grandparents: judge

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- A U.S. judge ruled Friday that the two children of a slain Canadian woman can stay with their Edmonton grandparents until the fall.

Parental Alienation Awareness Caucus: Nation’s Capital to Host DC

Lesbian couple battle in court for custody of child

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TORONTO -- A long-running and fractious custody dispute between two women may determine the rights of same-sex parents when a relationship ends shortly after a child is born.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Parental Alienation Solutions

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When I (Dr Andre) first began work on parental alienation and loyalty conflicts and later developed this website, only a few other parental alienation websites existed. There was a strong need to help to educate, define and name parental alienation. We were still in the first generation of thinking. (First generation work brings a problem into existence by identifying and naming it.)

Divorced dad loses tax court fight

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George Calogeracos has lost his fight to overturn a section of the Income Tax Act he says discriminates against divorced fathers like him who share custody of their children and pay child support.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Smirking Cat

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I've had a lot of e-mails from readers asking me why I haven't been able to see or talk to the kids in so long (currently 55 days). I suppose it's only fair that if I put the counter front and center on my blog, that I explain what is going on. ... Gary's ex filed for sole custody. When Gary's response was filed, his ex decided upon receipt of that response that the kids cannot talk to me on the phone, visit with me, receive e-mails from me, or have any contact with me. She also refuses to allow the children to speak with their daddy.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Tighten rules on restraining orders

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The recent Courier-Post editorial criticizes a New Jersey court ruling that could raise the evidence standard for domestic violence restraining orders. The editorial says the ruling, in concerning itself with abusers' rights, could drag the state back into the caveman era.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Northwest Territories passes motion in support of equal parenting and Vellacott’s Motion M-483

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OTTAWA – The Northwest Territories has demonstrated its pioneering spirit by paving the way for equal parenting in Canada. Guided by the leadership of Kam Lake MLA David Ramsay, the Legislature of the Northwest Territories, on June 19, passed a motion to affirm the importance of "equal parenting" as in the best interests of children even in cases of marriage breakup and family dissolution. This guiding principle of course recognizes exceptions in cases of proven child abuse or neglect. In speaking to his motion, Ramsay said, "I believe strongly that both parents should be involved in the upbringing of a child. If you look around the world, the movement is going to a default system of equal, shared parenting so that both parents in separation and divorce have equal access to children."

Barbara Kay on The unfair perils of divorced fathers: For the sake of the children

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In the 1979 movie Kramer vs. Kramer, a New York mother bored with child care bolts to Los Angeles “to find herself,” leaving her husband suddenly in sole charge of their little son.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Facing reality on domestic violence

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The very high profile case of Fort Lauderdale police Chief Frank Adderley whose wife Eleanor Leisa Adderly shot at him, missed him by inches while he lay in bed, and then continued to fire at him while he fled the house provides South Florida and the nation with a unique opportunity to face squarely three realities regarding Domestic Violence

Why are we not asking the right questions?

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Seventeen teenagers commited suicide in Bridgend, South Wales. Nineteen teenagers have been stabbed to death this year in England. There are very faint brave voices trying to get across the message that the primary responsibility for the violence in the children across the Western world is the destruction of the family.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

False Abuse Accusations Cost Taxpayers $20 Billoin

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WASHINGTON, July 14, 2008 – Divorce lawyers acknowledge persons often make allegations of abuse in order to gain a legal edge. A report released today shows such claims are widespread, harmful to the children involved in such cases, devastating to persons falsely accused, and costly to the American taxpayer.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Implacable Hostility

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Implacable hostility arises after separation or divorce and denotes the attitude shown by one parent to another in denying access to, or contact with, their child(ren). What differentiates implacable hostility from the typical hostility that may arise after separation/divorce is that the deep-rooted nature of the hostility cannot be justified on rational grounds and measures taken by third parties including mediators and the family courts are to no avail.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Jane Creba case: Youth now faces 2nd-degree murder rap

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A youth accused in the Boxing Day, 2005, shooting death of Jane Creba will stand trial on charges of second-degree murder. The Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned a lower-court judgement earlier this year that found J. S. R. should only face manslaughter charges.

Monday, July 07, 2008

DCYF and Parental Alienation

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In fact, whether ... wishes to acknowledge it or not, parental alienation (note the lack of the word "syndrome") occurs frequently. Perhaps if ... were on the other side of the coin she might understand better what may often occur in these situations rather than what she thinks occurs based only upon her own experience and views.

Friday, July 04, 2008

An Unchosen's Truth

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I was secure in the love my daddy had for me. I knew that my dad would never leave me. My mother, however, made it known that her love for me was conditional

Experience in UK family law

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* Lady Justice Hale (in Re K (Contact: Psychiatric Report) [1995] 2 FLR 432) stated: It is my unhappy experience, borne out by other anecdotal evidence and confirmed by the Official Solicitor's department that there seems to be an increasing number of cases coming before the family courts where contact between a young child and the absent parent has become bedevilled by stubborn opposition to contact being shown by the child which may, or may not, be evidence of some implacable hostility on the part of the other parent for good reason or for no reason at all.

Lady Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, President of the Family division, (the top UK family court judge) stated (in Re L, V, M, H (Contact: Domestic Violence) [2002] 2 FLR 334 at 351): There is, of course, no doubt that some parents, particularly mothers, are responsible for alienating their children from their fathers without good reason and thereby creating this sometimes insoluble problem. That unhappy state of affairs, well known in family courts, is a long way from recognised syndrome requiring mental health professionals to play an expert role.

Extreme makeover: Man found guilty of blowing up his home

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Late Wednesday night a jury found John Walkiewicz guilty of deliberately causing destruction to his Duchess Dr. on Aug. 28, 2006.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Parental Alienation Awareness Day: A Parental Alienation Story from the 1940s

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Nine U.S. states and the British territory of Bermuda have declared April 25 "Parental Alienation Awareness Day." To learn more, visit www.Parental-Alienation-Awareness.com. Below is a Parental Alienation story from the 1940s which illustrates the problem very well.

Spanish Psychological Association Accepts Parental Alienation

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According to activist Diego HernĂ¡n Cecchini, Parental Alienation has now been accepted by Spain's Coordinating of Legal Psychology of the General Council of Associations of Psychologists of Spain

Boy bled to death, autopsy concludes

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A 16-year-old babysitter has been charged with murder after the death of a nine-year-old boy on the Little Grand Rapids First Nation northeast of Winnipeg.

Four charged in B.C. teen's death at derelict house

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SURREY -- One thing is certain: Justin Vasey was a lonely 14-year-old looking for friends.