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

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Surrey man charged in death of wife

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"A Surrey, B.C., man (Thomas Robert Elton) on parole for murder has been charged with second-degree murder in the killing of his 59-year-old wife (Brenda Blondell), who was herself a convicted murderer."

The Changing Role of Father: Involved Dads and Their Positive Impact on Education

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"In the 21st century, the role of ‘father’ has changed. It’s safe to say that most people do not expect fathers to take on the role of sole breadwinner, primary disciplinarian or take a backseat to mothers when it comes to raising children. As this outdated thinking about the role of the father dissipates, dads who are truly involved in their children’s lives are making a significant difference in many areas – including the realm of education."

Effert case revives questions about Canada's infanticide laws

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"Katrina Effert's lawyer was incredulous that a court would find his client guilty of murder. It was "perverse," Peter Royal said. "A miscarriage of justice.""

Baby girl found dead in shoe box

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"A 30-year-old woman - whose name has been suppressed - pleaded guilty to the June 2007 infanticide. She is due to be sentenced in the High Court at Wellington on July 31 and is now in a psychiatric hospital."

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Stepfather charged with double murder

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"Teens in Surrey are reeling at the tragedy of a pair of young lives cut short by gunfire after police announced they had charged the boys' stepfather (Mahendra Johal) in their deaths."

House arrest for killer

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"A 23-year-old Mississauga woman, convicted of drowning her mother in a bathtub, is getting her release from prison just three years into her 10-year murder sentence."

Firms urged to give fathers time

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"Children's Secretary Ed Balls is calling on employers to make more time for fathers, so they can be more involved in their children's lives."

Glenn Discusses Family Law Reform on WTKK FM 96.9 in Boston

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"He (a child support enforcement officer) also said that they (men) are discriminated against in enforcement. As we've often noted, mothers seeking enforcement of a child support order have a massive, multi-billion dollar child support enforcement bureaucracy at their disposal. On the other hand, fathers seeking to endorse their visitation or custody rights are largely on their own, and must pay for legal help (on top of child support) and plead their cases to often indifferent judges."

Monday, June 22, 2009

My Personal Journey Through Parental Alienation

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"I (Dorcy Russell) know I am one of the lucky ones. As an adult child of PAS I very easily could have gone down the same road as my mother. I could have processed through that very low place in myself and caused a great deal of pain for many. I made the choice to do something different."

Alberta woman convicted in death of newborn son

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EDMONTON — An Alberta woman (Katrina Effert) who admitted to strangling her newborn and tossing the body into a neighbour’s back yard was found guilty of second-degree murder by a jury Saturday.

USA – PA – Proposal gives divorced dads reason for hope

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"House Bill 463, the Presumptive Joint-Custody law, would, at the outset of a couple’s separation or divorce, automatically give each parent equal custody of their children.

‘Great privilege’ to be a family law prof

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"Nicholas Bala went to law school at Queen’s University in 1974 with a “firm intention” to practise. Thirty-five years later — he’s still there . . . teaching."

Why ads paint dads as buffoons

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"Such ads are a mainstay because they work: They make viewers laugh, and they sell. And, also, critics argue, because such stereotyping remains socially acceptable. "

Supreme Court to hear appeal of new trial in Courtepatte slaying

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

PARENTAL ALIENATION - FROM DR. SOMMERS

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Our view on international abductions: U.S.-Brazil custody battle highlights wider problem

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Palm Bay man arrested for striking infant

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A Palm Bay dad (Mark Peters) may spend Father's Day weekend in jail on charges of abusing his 5-month-old daughter.

RCSD: Father kicks 3-year-old daughter over potty training issues

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A Midlands father (Keion Gibsoni s in jail after being accused of kicking his child in the head and stomach.

Metro Vancouver slayings for 2008

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Debtor dads displayed on Alberta site

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So tell me there are not any debtor mom's in Alberta.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Kids NEED Equal doses of Mum, Dad and all 4 Grand Parents

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A petition asking Family Law makers World-Wide to endorse Preferential Equal Shared Parenting as the benchmark in World-Wide Family Law and Social Policy. Giving Children their biological Family from conception. Reinforcing the need for Children to be brought up under the influence of their whole Family.

Mother charged after Highway 401 stop foils abduction of boy, 5

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OTTAWA — A five-year-old child is home safe with his father and his mother is facing charges after an alert OPP officer in Leeds County foiled a child abduction, Wednesday afternoon.

Former Boy Scout leader sentenced to six years for sex assaults on youth

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OTTAWA — Former Montreal social worker and Boy Scout leader Joseph Blom was sentenced to six years' imprisonment Thursday on four charges of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy.

Montreal man to be reunited with daughter

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It's been a long and expensive fight but a Montreal father (Frank Gonis) will finally be reunited with his daughter after a bitter cross-country custody battle.

Mom seeking justice for child victims

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Every so often, she (Tina Reddom) said, her youngster’s mind drifts back to the morning of Oct. 16, 2007 when a 24-year-old city woman — in a fit of supposed rage — forced his tiny hands into a pot of boiling water in the Applewood Drive apartment she shared with her then-boyfriend, Damon's father.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Five injured in Mississauga school knife fight

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"Two teenagers were charged with attempted murder yesterday after a melee at a Mississauga high school turned ugly, ending with four students and a teacher stabbed and hundreds of others locked down as police combed the scene."

Two Lynchburg women jailed, charged with abduction

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By Dave Thompson: What appeared at first to be a runaway situation has landed two Lynchburg women in jail on child abduction charges, Lynchburg Police said Wednesday. Louise Pugliese, 47, and Ariel Odom, 20, were each charged with three counts of felony child abduction and are also facing other pending charges, police said in a news release.

’Buffy’ to be sentenced as youth in Nina Courtepatte case

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EDMONTON -- A young woman who helped a group of mall rats rape and murder 13-year-old Nina Courtepatte will be sentenced as a youth, an Edmonton judge ruled Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Maurice Vellacott, MP Saskatoon-Wanuskewin Media Advisory Equal Shared Parenting PMB # C-422 Introduced

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Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

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By Tara Parker-Pope: I was fascinated by today’s Personal Health column by Jane Brody, which focuses on borderline personality disorder. Having known someone who is a “borderline,” I was intrigued by the following description from Jane’s column.

This Father's Day, Give the Gift of Reconciliation

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"Make this Father's Day (June 21) an opportunity for reconciliation. America has been in the grip of a gender ideology that says that no matter what the question, the answer is, blame the man. In spite of the media attention to "deadbeat dads," many fathers make their child support payments and want to spend more time with their children. The Ruth Institute, a non-profit pro-marriage organization, encourages all family members who are estranged from one another to consider taking steps toward healing."

Justice Harvey Brownstone | Parental Alienation

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I had occasion this morning to watch the linked online videos. It was most encouraging to hear the frank, unbiased comments made by those involved. Early court intervention when alienation is seen to be happening, consequences for those who hold court orders in contempt and, most importantly, providing children who are being alienated with the ability to "think critically" about what may be happening in their lives, would all seem to be sound suggestions. let's hope that something comes of them.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Tussle of love

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Bruce Laybourn's, his wife Nil, and their baby, Dylan

Bad mom really needed jail time

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"If the mother in this case had been jailed the first time she ignored court-ordered access, everyone would have been better off. ... The mother would have learned the courts don't take kindly to breaches of court orders, the father would have been able to bond with his children much earlier and court resources could have been used for more worthwhile purposes. "

Ain't that the truth!

Children's Aid Society workers should be reined in, critics say

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"They are charged with the most essential of duties: protecting vulnerable children from abuse and neglect. They will intervene in the lives of roughly 200,000 Canadian children this year."

I believe that members of the CAS are in a position to recognize when repeated false allegations of child abuse have been made, or initiated, by a particular individual, and that, once recognized, they should take legal action to ensure such accusations stop, and the person responsible for such accusations suffers some consequence for his or her action.

Woman on trial for killing newborn had stress disorder, psychologist testifies

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"A young woman (Katrina Effert) on trial for killing her newborn baby had a mind that was "disturbed by mental illness" after she gave birth, a clinical psychologist (Dr. Marc Nesca) told a jury in Edmonton Friday."

Police: Children Bound, Gagged By Mother's Boyfriend

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"After taking the children from the garage, police said they arrested their mother’s boyfriend, Jonathan Weaver. Authorities said Weaver was in charge of baby-sitting the children, and left them in the garage when he left the home."

Child abuse calls made prior to baby's death

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Ava -- Less than two months before 8-month-old Tayler Andrews and his mother were killed, there were two child abuse hotline calls alleging that he was in danger. ... Documents recently released to the News-Leader by the state Department of Social Services spell out the calls depicting the family's escalating fears that the child's father, Dan Andrews, might harm or even kill him.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Matricide suspect found to be lacking criminal capacity

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"A girl who reportedly shot her mother to death on Sunday in southern Adana province after she refused to allow her to take the Level Determination Exam (SBS) will not be tried since it was made clear by officials that being under the age of 12, she lacks the capacity for criminal responsibility."

Victim in fatal Fairway shooting had sought protective order against suspect

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"The suspect (Franklin L. Grammer Jr) in the fatal shooting of his wife Monday in Fairway threatened to kill her previously, according to Oklahoma court records."

Father gets 10-year sentence for killing 6-month-old son

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"A 19-year-old Milwaukee man (Julio Cruz) was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for the death of his 6-month-old son in March."

Parental Alienation Hurts

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"This woman claims to help protective parents but how can you do that if you don’t believe such things."

Help Find My Child | Dedicated to helping families find their loved ones

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U.S. dad's custody case returns to Brazilian appeals court

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"CNN) -- Brazil's highest court said Wednesday it does not have jurisdiction over who should have custody of a U.S.-born 9-year-old boy -- his Brazilian stepfather or his father in the United States."

Calgary man accused of taking son to Lebanon arrested

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"Mohamad Najie El-Ajami, 26,was arrested by members of the fugitive apprehension detail at a northeast home Monday--a little more than a week after a Canada-wide warrant was issued for the man on charges of abduction without a custody order."

Former cop faces heavy sentence for sex attack on ex-wife

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"WINNIPEG -- A former Winnipeg police officer is facing a double-digit prison sentence for his premeditated sex attack on his terminally ill ex-wife."

Family justice reform urgently needed in N.B.

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"Our system is profoundly broken. We each have a story which illustrates the dilemma -- a parental alienation which was not given priority, adjournments, lack of mediation services, child protection matters take too long, no easy way to vary child support, wait times, large legal fees or inadequate legal aid services."

Court punishes woman in alienation case

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"A 42-year-old Toronto woman who spared no effort to alienate her three daughters from their father has been ordered to pay court costs of $251,641."

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Lives torn asunder

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"Not for nothing, then, did former Family Court judge Richard Chisholm describe relocation cases as the "San Andreas fault" of family law. They are cases that lead to rupture and ruin in families."

How To Kidnap A Child

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"Congratulations! You have embarked on a great adventure. Kidnapping a child is probably unlike anything you have done before. If you are a first-time kidnapper you may be hesitant; perhaps you have lingering scruples. It is true you will probably do irreparable harm to your own child. Children of divorce more often become involved in drugs, alcohol, and crime, become pregnant as teenagers, perform poorly in school, join gangs, and commit suicide."

Your Son's Not the Man of the House

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"Dr. Cara Gardenswartz: Children need to rely on their parents to take care of them. In many families, however, children do not experience the carefree years of childhood. They are too busy being responsible little adults, attentive to their parents' needs."

Decomposing remains of three babies found in Ontario home

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"Jennifer Sinn, of London, has been charged with concealing the body of a child and offering an indignity to a dead human body in connection to the infant's death."

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

13 women killed in seven months, and no easy answers

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"Thirteen women slain in Erie and Niagara counties since November have one thing in common: The men they once loved are accused of killing them."

N.B. girl, 16, charged with 1st-degree murder in senior's stabbing

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"A 16-year-old southern New Brunswick girl has been charged with first-degree murder after a 78-year-old man was found dead in his Damascus home on Friday night."

Why Kids Usually Side with the Custodial Parent Especially If They’re Emotionally Abusive

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"Spiritual abuse occurs when we mistreat another person in the name of God, faith or religion. David Johnson & Jeff VanVonderen, in their book “The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse”, describe spiritual abuse:"

'Pub law' on 50-50 access for dads debunked

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"SHARED parenting laws introduced by the Howard government in 2006 do not guarantee divorced fathers the right to a 50-50 time split with their children because such an arrangement is not always in the best interests of the children."

EGYPT: Mom reunited, briefly, with daughter after 12 years

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"After years of legal battles and cross-cultural differences, an American mother was finally allowed to visit the daughter she had not seen in 12 years. Janet Greer of Honolulu, Hawaii, was granted permission last week to briefly see her 15-year-old daughter, Sarah El-Gohary, whose Egyptian father abducted her in 1997 and brought her to his native land."

Sunday, June 07, 2009

July trial for dad (Abidan Eliel Garcia Vasquez) accused of leaving son to drink

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Arizona Man Arrested for Allegedly Killing Wife, Daughter, Injuring Son

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"Police say 29-year-old Michael Miller is being held on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder."

Celina man guilty of murder in baby's death

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"Jason C. Thomas pleaded no contest this week to murder and felonious assault in the Jan. 14 incident that led to the death of his stepson, Kole Mathew Atkins, the next day. A doctor at Children's Medical Center in Dayton said the child had injuries that were consistent with Shaken Baby Impact Syndrome."

Friday, June 05, 2009

The Primary Parent Presumption: Primarily Meaningless

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By Richard A. Warshak, Ph.D “ In sum, the primary parent presumption is misinformed, misguided, misleading, and primarily meaningless.”

Woman acquitted in lesbian-love-triangle axe murder

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"A jury acquitted Ashleigh Pechaluk this afternoon of murdering Dennis Hoy, the boyfriend of her female lover, in October, 2006. The Crown had alleged Ms. Pechaluk conspired with Nicola Puddicombe, 36, to kill Mr. Hoy because he was getting in the way of their relationship."

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Ottawa imagined as marriage counsellor

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"Should the government play a role in promoting marriage?"

Daycare sex charges stun parents

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"A high school co-op student working at a west-end daycare has been arrested, accused of sexually assaulting three preschoolers during naptime."

Alberta boy, 14, charged in double murder

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NJ man coming home without son after Brazil ruling

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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Parental Alienation - Hosted by Anna Maria Tremonti On CBC Radio "The Current"

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Really worth a listen.

The Mysterious Marriage Advantage

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"Both the advantage children experience by living with married parents and the urge progressive scholars feel to explain away that advantage are on full display in a study of children’s economic well-being recently published in the Journal of Marriage and Family by sociologists at Bowling Green State University."

Abducted infant now doing well

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"The infant recovered two months after being abducted by his mother while in legal custody of the Rowan County Department of Social Services just celebrated his first birthday in his new foster home."

Monday, June 01, 2009

The Macabre Dance of Family Law Court, Abnormal Psychology, and Parental Alienation Syndrome – Summary

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If we accept that Family Law courts have a moral imperative to seek truth and to do as little harm as possible, our Family Court system is failing miserably. Too often what prevails in court is not the truth, but the illusion of truth. The current litigation system is not capable of protecting children from the horrendous damage inflicted by those parents who are disturbed. Children lose critical thinking ability, incur the devastating loss of one-half of their heritage and a lifetime doomed for failed social relationships and psychiatric disorders.

Extracurricular Activities Appropriate Or Excessive?

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Part 2

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Participation in Natl Child-Centered Divorce Month in July

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Baby OK, dad arrested in suspected kidnapping

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Father's Custody Ordeal Rallies 200 before Polish Embassy in Sofia

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"Over 200 people gathered Sunday afternoon at a protest rally in front of the building of the Polish Embassy in Sofia to support Bulgarian father, Todor Vasilev, and his custody battle."