Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Too bad the linked article is so contemptuous of fathers

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In the words of Pamela Cross "it is more useful to look at the role each parent has played in the past than to look at the parent’s promises about what he intends to do in the future when determining the abilities of each parent to parenting effectively"

Ontario government apologizes for handling of sex abuse allegations

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Price of depravity: Parents' fury as nursery paedophile Vanessa George gets just seven years' jail

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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Bob Geldof accuses 'barbaric' family courts of 'kidnapping children from their fathers' Read more

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'Here is one more report that empirically nails the obvious fact that to remove a child from their father (in the hugely vast majority of cases), their grandparents and other family, their school and friends, is wholly destructive to a child and its family."

East Hanover mom (Patricia Schafer) who ran away with kids sentenced to four years in prison

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Child Abuse Survivor Amanda Young Introduces Her New Book, Silent Prisoner

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Saturday, December 05, 2009

Lorrie Mae Thomas

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Mom takes plea deal in girl's death

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Expert: Girl severely underweight at death Flint child was found in storage bin

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

International Child Abduction

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Chris Little guilty in Markham double-murder

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Girl, 15 (Tylar Witt), To Be Tried As Adult In Mom's Slaying

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Babysitter's Custody Win May Be Short-Lived

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Some Mich. dads say paternity law unfair

Link "Since the Paternity Act was enacted in 1956, Michigan courts have concluded the purpose of the law was to ensure financial support for illegitimate children rather than allow them to become a financial burden on the public. ...If the mother is not married, the biological father is responsible for providing support. If the mother is married, then the husband is responsible for the child, not the biological father. Only in divorce can the husband cede his parental rights to the child.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

How Divorce Wars Take A Toll On Kids

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MP apologizes for writing judge

Link Larry Miller has accused a man of trying to blackmail him for $10,000 in connection with the local MP's intervention in a high-profile child custody case this summer.

Link Craig Cannock v. Jessica Fleguel

Children pay the price when parents put their own feelings first

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Because Lying in The Family Court is Child Abuse

Link he Chief Justice of the Family Court, Diana Bryant, has recently launched an extraordinary attack on Australia's internationally regarded 2006 Family Law amendments,1 by writing to the Attorney-General and asking him to urgently repeal important provisions within the amendments.

Link The Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia, Diana Bryant, has recently launched an extraordinary attack on Australia’s internationally regarded 2006 Family Law amendments, by writing to the Attorney-General and asking him to urgently repeal important provisions within the amendments.

Link "Sydney, May 7, 2009: Fathers4Equality respond to recent comments by the Chief Justice of the Australian Family(Diana Bryant)"

Friday, November 13, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Judge reverses parental alienation ruling

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Parents who've lost custody of their kids say the family law system is broken, and state lawmakers agree

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"Along with organizations like the Child Advocacy Center, the Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence and the California Protective Parents Association, the CJE (Center for Judicial Excellence) believes there is a crisis in the family courts, and that abused children are being handed over to their abusers. One CJE study claims that 38 percent of fathers who are identified as perpetrators of abuse receive full custody of their children."

So who should we believe?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Manslaughter plea in C-Train death

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"A woman (Natalie Pasqua) who pushed a Calgary teen into the path of a C-Train has pleaded guilty to manslaughter."

Scheduling Events When Divorced

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Sunday, November 08, 2009

Trial date set in death

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"Tabatha Etches, charged with neglecting to get help with child birth and concealing a body of a child, will stand trial June 7, following a pre-trial set for April 12. "

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Spotlight on shared parenting laws

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If you are a separated parent, and your children are living in a shared-care arrangement with your former spouse, who should pay for their school uniforms?

Shared parenting laws on way out: Link
"THE Rudd government is planning to roll back the controversial shared parenting law passed in the final term of the Howard government, enraging men's groups, which say the laws have finally given them access to their children after separation."

Hollenbecks arrested, child safe

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Search underway for Henderson (Henry and Cathy Hollenbeck,) couple accused of abducting own daughter
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Man (Craig Raymond Bradley) in custody over child abduction attempts

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Jurors deadlocked, mistrial declared in Edmonton matricide trial

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EDMONTON — The first-degree murder trial of Keshroy Bristol, accused of matricide, ended in mistrial Saturday morning after the jury became deadlocked.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Ruling on killers' appeal reserved

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"Karl McKay and Samantha Kematch are back in their prison cells following the conclusion of an appeal court hearing concerning the killing of five-year-old Phoenix Sinclair."

Child abuse: when family courts get it wrong

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You can't get much more biased than this.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Belgium’s new shared parenting laws

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Russian mother convicted of child abduction in Finland

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HELSINKI, FINLAND - A Finnish court found a Russian woman (Rimma Salonen) guilty Tuesday of child abduction in a bitter custody case that sparked a diplomatic row between Russian and Finland.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Abduction woman appeals conviction

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"Nearly a year after she pleaded guilty to abducting a child, Hamilton woman Kay Skelton has appealed against her conviction. "

Sunday, October 11, 2009

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"Many professionals in Southwest Florida have had training and are knowledgeable about the dynamics of domestic violence, but this is not enough. It is critical that professionals are also educated on how to properly assess for potential lethality (level of danger)."

What's the delay on shared custody?

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

San Francisco Family Law Attorney comments on the rise in spousal support for men cases in family law courts

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San Francisco Family Law Attorney comments on the rise in spousal support for men cases in family law courts.

Adoptive parents aren't second best

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"A Quebec proposal to preserve the legal bond between child and birth parents risks undermining the whole idea of adoption"

Lawyer from U.S. sets up body to repatriate abducted Israeli kids

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"In an effort to combat Israel's labeling as a war zone in international child-custody cases, a prominent divorce lawyer from the U.S. has recently founded an organization which equips Israeli parents with tools to convince foreign judges to repatriate Israeli-born children."

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Family photographer (William Mordick) on trial for allegedly killing wife in 1983, leaving Calif. with kids

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Dad in Israel, mom in Switzerland: Where will child live?

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"The custody battle between an Israeli man and a Swiss woman has reached France. The fate of the six-year-old child caught against his will in the middle of a legal battle being waged between his parents will soon be decided by the judges of the European Court of Human Rights who will rule where the child will live – be it with his father in Israel or with his mother in Switzerland. "

A Smart Parenting Plan Your Best Asset when Parenting After Divorce

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By Rosalind Sedacca, CCT

Parenting plans are becoming more and more recognized as the way for both parents to coordinate their parenting, their lives and their relationship with their children after divorce.

Two Dads – A World Apart – Abducted Children

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"Australian father Ken Thompson has been searching for his 5 year son Andrew for 16 months after his ex wife Melinda Thompson (nee Stratton) took him in 2008."

"Canadian Stephen Watkins who’s boys Alexander and Christopher Watkins were abducted seven months ago by his former wife Edyta Watkins (maiden name: Ustaszewski)."

Champaign 10-year-old (Lafayette Travis Jackson) found safe in New Mexico

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Father (Jamie Allen Dorey) charged in Calgary baby's death

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Why custody labels matter By Martha McCarthy

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It seems to me that there is more than a little bias against fathers in this article.

"In 1998, the Joint Senate House of Commons Committee on Custody and Access released its report, “For the Sake of the Children.” The report was the result of a political compromise reached when the federal child support guidelines were in the Senate and Senator Ann Cools imposed her fathers’ rights agenda on the process. The report suggested an increased emphasis on the maximum contact principle, a movement away from the language of “custody and access” and a presumption of joint custody in every case.

Although not adopted as law, the report and the fathers’ rights agenda have been highly influential on the public, legal and judicial mindset. There has been an increased preoccupation in custody and access litigation with elevating the maximum contact principle through the language of shared parenting."

Monday, October 05, 2009

Vigil planned for teacher

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Will there be a coroner's inquiry?

Suffolk County Family Court Judge helps bring parentally abducted children home to NY from Wyoming

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Courts continue to grant access to violent parents

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This begs the question how many people will be falsely accused of domestic violence, and will, therefore, lose access to their children?

Sunday, October 04, 2009

The good divorce

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This is a marvellous article, about a divorced couple that got it right, for the sake of their children.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Charged teacher (David Dewees) dead

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Will we ever know whether or not David Dewees was realy guilty of anything?

Dead babies found in Berlin flat

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Children must see dad, like it or not: Family Court

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Charles Pragnell of the National Council for Children Post-Separation is quoted as saying "How can it be in their best interests to force them into a relationship?" I would say the same way that forcing them to go to school, go to bed, brush their teeth, etc is.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

“Deadbeat Judges: How Courts Disenfranchise Fathers”

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Children often become pawns in divorce battles

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"And our judicial system doesn't exactly encourage cooperation. Our adversarial system encourages a winner take all approach. While some lawyers prefer a more collaborative approach others play it as a zero-sum game. Many discourage compromise and encourage their clients to take uncompromising positions."

Fighting for Liam: Michael McCarty Journeys to Italy in Hopes of Regaining Custody of Son

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Saturday, September 05, 2009

Crumbling legal aid system gets boost

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Bentley says "The law should work in the best interests of children and give everybody more information, tools, supports and means for resolving these often very emotional issues much earlier," rather than years later when the kids have been caught in the tussle between parents, he said."

I only wish Bentley would acknowledge that, in the majority of cases, it is in the best interest of the children to have their fathers play a meaningful part in their lives. A major problem with the Family Law situation is that custodial parents routinely violate Court Orders regarding joint custody and/or access but nothing is done about it. That is to they they are in Contempt of Court, but the Court dose not care.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

A caring and sharing problem

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"WITH the system under unprecedented scrutiny, there are fears from those who pushed for a better deal for fathers that the current reviews will go against them. Lindsay Jackel, from the Shared Parenting Council of Australia, was among those who lobbied the Howard government. He accepts that violence is an issue in some cases. But he believes that allegations of violence can sometimes be used as a tactic by mothers to diminish the time fathers have with their children. ''We sometimes in our group will ask not who has had an intervention order, but who hasn't?'' he says.

But the National Council for Children Post-Separation is pushing for immediate change, and says children are at risk whenever they are placed with a parent - either a mother or father - who has a history of violence or abuse."

Domestic abuse law blasted

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"Authorities 'overreact' as warring couples use zero-tolerance rule to gain upper hand, lawyer says"

I suspect this is only being reported on because the victim of the System is a woman.

Pair (Phillip Garrido and his wife, Nancy) pleads not guilty to 29 counts in abduction

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Friday, August 28, 2009

The Anti FAMILY Brigade seems to be making ground?

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Ever wonder about the power of the feminist movement? I suspect it took many years to have the current law passed and here, three years after its enactment, they have gathered significant support to have it reversed. So much for "the best interests of the children".

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Family Law Education for Women

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Search the internet with Google for "family law education for women" you get 138,000 hits. Search for "family law education for men" you get 0.

Children in conflict focus of family law congress

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"The theme of this year's conference being held in Halifax from Aug. 23 to 26 is Children Caught in Conflict. It focuses on areas of child protection, responding to differences, children of war, and children's rights and family conflicts. Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Jim Williams says the conference's theme shows both the micro and macro level of conflict faced by children."

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Child deaths hit home in Germany

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"Sarah, a three-year-old girl, starved to death under the eyes of her parents in a flat that police said resembled a rubbish dump in the southern German town of Thalmässing this month."

Family Courts in the Words of Dads Who’ve Been There

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"There will come a day when we look back at the times we're living in now, shake our heads in astonishment and wonder "how could we?"

Local case shines light on parental rights

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"Tina Marie Helfer and Richard "Ricky" Rodriguez Jr"

Police look for man (Kevin Maryk) in child abduction

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Canada's Justice Minister Criticizes Equal Parenting after Divorce

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Child Abduction Statistics

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"Family abductions
• In 16% of family abductions, the child experiences severe mental harm.
• 8% of the children experience physical harm.
• 7% of the children are sexually abused.
• Mothers take the child 46% of the time and fathers take the child 54% of the time."

Man (Damiante Dunn) who abducted baby in Pleasanton surrenders, baby is safe

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Mother (Angela Kuehl) who suffocated newborn gets 18 months’ house arrest

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No More Child Support for Freed Childless Man

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Baby Peter: the lessons we have to learn

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An acrimonious six-year international custody battle

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"Fizza Rizvi (Wife) and Ghulam Nurie (Husband): This (case) involves an acrimonious six-year international custody battle, in which lawyers on two continents seemingly have left no stone unturned, while the parties themselves have left no rock unhurled. The accusations and counter-accusations include kidnapping, fraud, and domestic violence, all set against a backdrop of INTERPOL1 warrants, armed gunmen, and flights from justice. In both California and Pakistan, mud has been slung, court orders flouted, and reputations challenged."

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Mother (Bernice Sampson) waits for 'justice'

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This article is a load of rubbish. For some background see my post entitled The Plight of Non-custodial Parents.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Couple to stay in jail

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"Ashiqur Rahman and Jane Gomes, both 23, are accused of endangering the life of their daughter, Aurora Breakthrough. Breakthrough was the baby’s surname."

Woman (Darlene Haynes) found dead with foetus cut from womb

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Domestic abuse target in new law

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"CLAIMS that controversial changes to family law have made it harder for women and children to escape abusive relationships will be investigated by the Federal Government as part of a tough new approach to domestic violence."

Fugitive arrested for child abduction

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"A United States man accused of abducting his young son and spending four months on the run in New Zealand is to appear in a Rotorua court next week facing extradition."

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Severe Sociopath Behavior Leads to Parental Alienation – Update

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Mother seeks Tamils' aid to find son's killers

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"Kristian Thanapalan, 22, and five friends were swarmed by another group in a school parking lot near Kennedy Road and Highway 401. He was beaten with baseball and cricket bats and died a short time later at Sunnybrook hospital."

3 arrested in drownings

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Groundbreaking New D.C. Law for Lesbian Moms

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Parental Alienation and International Parental Child Abduction

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"Peter Thomas: In attempting to shift the child’s trust and belief in the other parent by portraying that parent as a person only interested in causing pain and suffering, the abducting parent commits one of the most unforgivable acts of all: the denial of a child to know the love of the other parent. The relationship between child and both parents is part of the child’s identity. And it is this love to which the child has an inalienable right."

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Jury convicts Winnipeg mom of killing baby.

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"WINNIPEG - Michelle Camire says she is a good mother who made a tragic mistake in a moment of sleep-deprived frustration. But a Winnipeg jury now says Camire is a killer, finding she went too far in trying to quiet her temperamental triplet by throwing him into his bassinet and causing a fatal head injury."

Woman tried in SkyTrain killing gets bail before new trial

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"A woman (Katherine Quinn" whose conviction in the 2005 death of a teenager at a Surrey, B.C., SkyTrain station was recently overturned will be released on bail while she awaits her new trial.

Three convicted of murder in knifing of honours student

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"Two Brampton men have been found guilty of first-degree murder in the shocking stabbing death of straight-A student Akila Badhanage, 16. A third Bramptonian was convicted of second-degree murder in the Sept. 28, 2007 botched robbery on a catwalk near Dixie Road and Howden Boulevard."

Body found is Tori Stafford

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Dad jailed for torching family

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Modesto Parental Child Abduction Alert Issued

Link MODESTO, CA - Stanislaus County sheriff's detectives have issued an Amber Alert for a parental child abduction involving a Modesto woman (Merisha Jackson) and her son.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Paretntal Alienation

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"Although not all alienating parents are mentally ill, there seems to be a common pattern of parental alienation practiced by many parents who suffer from personality disorders, especially the DSM-IV Axis II Cluster B personality disorders."

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Quebec dad still fighting for custody of daughter

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MONTREAL — One month ago a Quebec man, who hasn't seen his daughter in two years, was hoping to reconnect with the 10-year-old after she was found in Vancouver — following a bitter custody battle.Now, however, Frank Gonis, ... , isn't sure when he'll see his daughter because family-law rules in B.C. are preventing him from even seeing the girl.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Katrina Daniels Lee Radio Inteview

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"Katrina Daniels Lee had some good advice on her radio show last night for parents who are prevented from seeing their children by a hostile parent or by the court. She told them to set up a Facebook site and post their positive feelings for their children on it. She said that children are so computer savy these days they will find it sooner or later. In her interview with me, she also told her listeners to reach out for support, help each other and never give up hope for reunification with their children."

East Moline police arrest man in child abduction

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"Felony trespassing and child abduction charges are expected to be filed against a man (Michael A. Foster accused of abducting his 2-year-old son and another child Tuesday."

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Breaking up – for the kids' sake

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Mom outraged by plea agreement for son's killer

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"SAVANNAH - Paulette Harris found out from the 10 o'clock news that her son's killer had agreed to a plea bargain, sending him to prison for 4 1/2 years."

Police: Father kidnapped boy, 5, from mom's home

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"A man (Angel Duprey) who was ordered by the courts to stay away from his ex-girlfriend kidnapped his 5-year-old son from her Lincoln home Saturday, and later abandoned his car when it got a flat tire about 40 miles away near Odessa, state police said."

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Preventing a Parentectomy After Divorce

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Grandparents are left out of the family picture too often

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"When parents separate, grandparents can find themselves cut off from grandchildren with no rights. The law should change."