Thursday, March 31, 2011

Siblings succeed as parole denied for mom's killer (Ruth Papay)

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Men's murderous revenge

Dr Debbie Kirkwood, the author of the linked article, is a researcher at the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, and is writing a paper on filicide in the context of parental separation. The image that accompanies her article implies that men are beasts from birth. I wonder if her paper will be as biased as her article.
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Petty: Trying to put the children first

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Stay Connected With Your Children After Divorce With Facebook

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Darcey Freeman's death reverberates

"The death of four year old Darcey Freeman, who was allegedly thrown by her father from Melbourne's Westgate Bridge is still reverberating:."
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Freeman found guilty
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 Australian man who threw daughter off bridge jailed for 32 years
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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Couple charged in child's death

Antonio Lee Scott held on murder charge; mother Christy Herron released with notice to appear

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Retired judge to probe death of Phoenix Sinclair, cracks in child welfare system

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Estranged husband (Sean Burton) guilty of murder in love triangle

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About Parental Alienation

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A program to fix our ailing family courts

“One of Canada's best hopes for family-law reform is Ontario Chief Justice Warren Winkler: He is influential, has a track record of reform and has sounded a steady drumbeat for change. And his patience is wearing thin.”

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Why Canada needs a split from its messy divorce laws

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The many faces of family law

From the Globe and Mail: “Attempts to reform Canada's family courts have created a patchwork of methods that vary widely from region to region. One key difference lies in the adoption of the unified family-court model, where a single judge, appointed jointly by the federal and provincial governments, deals with most family-court matters under one roof. Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Newfoundland have such courts. British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia, however, do not, and they lean heavily on generalist judges.”

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The above comments are not accurate, at least as they apply to Ontario, since there are 17 Family Court of the Superior Court of Justice locations in Ontario: Barrie, Bracebridge, Brockville, Cobourg, Cornwall, Hamilton, Kingston, L'Orignal, Lindsay, London, Napanee, Newmarket, Oshawa/Whitby, Ottawa, Perth, Peterborough, and St. Catharines.

Crown's appeal dismissed in case of baby left in Walmart toilet

PRINCE ALBERT — Saskatchewan’s highest court has upheld the decision of the trial judge in the April Halkett case, agreeing the young Saskatchewan woman was not guilty of child abandonment.

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Prosecutors appeal Wal-Mart baby case

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'Parental Alienation Syndrome' – Judge (Sacramento Superior Court Judge Jerilyn Borack) Isn't Buying it

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Ii seems there will always be naysayers.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Teacher Kathleen Dorsett and Her Father Charged With Murdering Ex-Hubby Stephen Moore

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Stephen Moore's Mother-in-Law Tied to Murder Plot of Family Member of Slain Surf City Native Who Was Locked in Trunk of Burning Car

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Mother (Cecelia Burnette) on trial for baby's murder in Bedford

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Mother lied in baby death investigation, prosecutor says

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Parental Alienation

Post Divorce Point of View – Parental Alienation, Part I

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Post-Divorce Point of View- Parental Alienation Part II

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Post-Divorce Point of View: Parental Alienation the Aftermath

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Mother (Dora Alicia Tejada Pleitez) charged with murder in death of girl, 3

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Hitman aged 15 gunned down mother

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Parents: can you let go of grudges after divorce?

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Turning AVOs into weapons

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“THE abuse and over-use of personal apprehended violence orders is out of control, with the number at an all-time high and some serial "victims" able to take out dozens over a period of years.”

Monday, March 14, 2011

Expert (Prof Donna Coker) tells of domestic violence-poverty link

Another expert who would seem to believe that parental alienation accusations lack validity.

NBA star Dwyane Wade awarded custody of sons

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Alienating Conduct a Large Factor in the Dwyane Wade Custody Case

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Mother (Michelle Bond) Arrested for Death of Son

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

MOMMY WITH A MISSION SAYS, "NO SUCH ENTITY AS PARENTAL ALIENATION"

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“Claudine Dombrowski and her followers claim that there is no such entity as the Parental Alienation, it is only a theory. They state that they are advocates for women. To say that Parental Alienation Syndrome does not exist because it is not listed in DSM-IV is like saying in the 80s that AIDS does not exist because it is not listed in the medical books.”

Parental alienation syndrome’s addition to manual remains uncertain

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Is Parental Alienation a Myth?

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"If someone is being deprived of his or her rights of parenting time, custody or even phone time with his or her children, judges must step in. They should issue sanctions including court costs, attorney fees and even jail time. In extreme cases, there should be a change of custody."

Investigation Continues Into Death Of Amherst Girl (Bianca Cartagena)

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Stronger Support For Victims Of Domestic Violence

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Family Law Reform In Ontario

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Judge gives custody of son to homeless father... instead of his $90,000-a-year mother

The judge said his decision was based on the wishes of the boy, who, according to the court papers, claimed his mother was 'self-absorbed' and uninterested in his issues.

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The Plight of Non-custodial Parents

As the following chronology of events illustrates, the effort of one parent to exclude the life of the other parent from their child's life can have devastating consequences, and politicians and advocates for women have no qualms about using such events for their own purpose.
  • On 19 February 2008, Bernice Sampson began the process of abdicating her responsibility to care for her child, Katelynn, by asking the Ontario Court of Justice to place her in the custody of Donna Irving, a known prostitute and drug addict, who lived with her partner Warren Johnson. The Court File listed Irving as the Applicant, although she was not a relative, and Sampson and Mark Letang as Respondents, although Letang was not present at the proceedings. During the proceedings, Sampson stated, among other things that: Letang was not the father of Katelynn; one George States was Katelynn's father, she did not want him to be a part of Katelynn's life; she approved of Irving's partner; no father was listed on Katelynn's birth certificate; the father was someone in Nova Scotia; and she would write up a piece of paper explaining to the Court, one way or another, what should be done about the father.
  • On 6 June 2008, after additional court appearances, Irving was granted custody of Katelynn even though Letang, who was the father and who was believed to have been living in the Toronto area, had never been properly identified and notified of the ongoing proceedings.
  • On 2 August 2008, Katelynn died while in the care of Irving, and she and Johnson were subsequently charged with second-degree murder.
  • On 12 August 2008, Letang put his daughter's casket in a hearse after her funeral at Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church in Toronto.
  • On 24 November 2008, a Toronto Star headline and story appeared that read, in part "Changes to family law aimed at better protecting women, children", "Death of Katelynn Sampson weighed on attorney general and others who examined child custody laws in Ontario" and "We can no longer ignore the fact that the safety of women and children in this province must be paramount," said Zahra Dhanani, legal director for the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children". No mention, however was made of Letang.
  • On 25 November 2008, the attorney general introduced Bill 133: Ontario's Family Statute Law Amendment Act.
Incredible as it may seem, among the several amendments proposed in the legislation, none deal with one of the root causes of what lead up to Katelynn's death. The obvious desire, on the part of one parent, to exclude the other parent from her life.
Unfortunately, in the Province of Ontario, not a day goes by that some custodial parent fails to abide by court ordered custody of or access to a child.
While I am not usually an advocate of State intervention in such matters, I do believe the time is now to find a way for the Ontario to take the lead in the enforcement of court ordered custody and access, similar to what is done in the case of court ordered support payments and arrears of support.
The chance of this happening, however, are slim since it would seem that from the State's point of view, taking a proactive approach to the collection and dispersal of money is simple, politically correct, and apt to make the State look good; while dealing with the access issue would be complex, politically incorrect, and apt to make the State look bad.