Category Archives: Family Law

Legal systems and how effectively they serve the interests of alienated children & their families. Legal reforms, developments and best practice.

Lifting the lid off Lifton’s list matches harmful coercion in families and cults

Here we like teaming up coercive patterns in families (e.g. domestic abuse, parental alienation) with those outside families (e.g. cults, terrorism, scams). All of them are an alienation experience. Teaming up means we can campaign more powerfully. At first sight, Robert Lifton’s list

Lifting the lid off Lifton’s list matches harmful coercion in families and cults

Here we like teaming up coercive patterns in families (e.g. domestic abuse, parental alienation) with those outside families (e.g. cults, terrorism, scams). All of them are an alienation experience. Teaming up means we can campaign more powerfully. At first sight, Robert Lifton’s list

The BBC delivers: Parental Alienation on mainstream media

Just when you weren’t expecting it, Victoria Derbyshire and Mike Cowan, the hard working reporter, have come up trumps. (No, not that Trump … the pack of cards kind!) On Victoria’s eponymous daily TV news magazine on BBC2 this week (21st Nov 2016), they

The BBC delivers: Parental Alienation on mainstream media

Just when you weren’t expecting it, Victoria Derbyshire and Mike Cowan, the hard working reporter, have come up trumps. (No, not that Trump … the pack of cards kind!) On Victoria’s eponymous daily TV news magazine on BBC2 this week (21st Nov 2016), they

The Archers: An everyday story of coercive control and child alienation

Even outside the UK, you might have heard about the long-running much-loved BBC radio soap opera, The Archers, and its brilliant plot in recent years that has included two lots of coercive relationships. One of those coercive relationships – the domestic abuse – is in all

The Archers: An everyday story of coercive control and child alienation

Even outside the UK, you might have heard about the long-running much-loved BBC radio soap opera, The Archers, and its brilliant plot in recent years that has included two lots of coercive relationships. One of those coercive relationships – the domestic abuse – is in all

Valentine’s Day in Romania: A success story

Through the international network PASG, Catalin Bogdan has shared a remarkable success story with Parental Alienation (PA) cases in Romania’s family courts . How did they do it? Years of sustained ground work along with some help from Wikipedia. In the case report below, it

Valentine’s Day in Romania: A success story

Through the international network PASG, Catalin Bogdan has shared a remarkable success story with Parental Alienation (PA) cases in Romania’s family courts . How did they do it? Years of sustained ground work along with some help from Wikipedia. In the case report below, it

Being wise about the voice of children

New research on what children think of their parents’ separating has been published. Some time later, the kids say: Don’t stay together if you’re unhappy. They say: Include us but not in the crossfire. They say: We don’t want to choose. A new

Being wise about the voice of children

New research on what children think of their parents’ separating has been published. Some time later, the kids say: Don’t stay together if you’re unhappy. They say: Include us but not in the crossfire. They say: We don’t want to choose. A new

Scots appeal wins with child-focused thinking

Earlier this summer, a master-class of careful child-focused thinking went into a successful appeal against a sheriff ruling in a family court hearing. A sheriff is a Scottish judge. The full report of Lord Eassie’s Inner House Court of Session

Scots appeal wins with child-focused thinking

Earlier this summer, a master-class of careful child-focused thinking went into a successful appeal against a sheriff ruling in a family court hearing. A sheriff is a Scottish judge. The full report of Lord Eassie’s Inner House Court of Session

Finding experts: Brian Ludmer

In a recent blog post, Karen Woodall features the globe-trotting but Toronto-based family lawyer, Brian Ludmer. You can hear him and his careful, experienced thinking in two in-depth radio blog discussions recorded in January 2012 – a radio blog discussion with Brian,  Jill Egizii and Judge Michele Lowrance which was continued

Finding experts: Brian Ludmer

In a recent blog post, Karen Woodall features the globe-trotting but Toronto-based family lawyer, Brian Ludmer. You can hear him and his careful, experienced thinking in two in-depth radio blog discussions recorded in January 2012 – a radio blog discussion with Brian,  Jill Egizii and Judge Michele Lowrance which was continued

Rewind: Make more of this wonderful film

We featured one scene from a Dutch TV documentary before – The two truths of torn up letters. There is an (as yet) unpublished English-subtitled version called: Rewind. We must find ways to make much more of it.  The full story plainly underlines several key lessons

Rewind: Make more of this wonderful film

We featured one scene from a Dutch TV documentary before – The two truths of torn up letters. There is an (as yet) unpublished English-subtitled version called: Rewind. We must find ways to make much more of it.  The full story plainly underlines several key lessons

Taking Alienation seriously … and getting taken seriously

Writing a blog is easy but mostly reaches the converted. Getting Parental Alienation into a professional journal is a golden achievement, making wider professionals take notice. But getting well-covered in the public media is perhaps the hardest publicity of all. An

Taking Alienation seriously … and getting taken seriously

Writing a blog is easy but mostly reaches the converted. Getting Parental Alienation into a professional journal is a golden achievement, making wider professionals take notice. But getting well-covered in the public media is perhaps the hardest publicity of all. An

Climbing the mountain: 3. In courts

Now on to Part 3 (of 9) of climbing the mountain of high conflict family separation of all kinds. See Introduction, and Before court. Or read the whole lot at once – with feedback added in.  Inevitably there is a British flavour to all this, but the issues are

Climbing the mountain: 3. In courts

Now on to Part 3 (of 9) of climbing the mountain of high conflict family separation of all kinds. See Introduction, and Before court. Or read the whole lot at once – with feedback added in.  Inevitably there is a British flavour to all this, but the issues are

Pairing up Abduction and Alienation

What’s the difference between Parental Child Abduction and Parental Child Alienation? Not a lot. Recently looking at cults and hostage-taking, we saw how close Abduction and Alienation were. Abduction is a quick way to do the same as Alienation does slowly.

Pairing up Abduction and Alienation

What’s the difference between Parental Child Abduction and Parental Child Alienation? Not a lot. Recently looking at cults and hostage-taking, we saw how close Abduction and Alienation were. Abduction is a quick way to do the same as Alienation does slowly.

How anyone can tell truth to power

Sometimes complex issues in big messy systems crystallise best into simple effective messages. The trick is to care and to have someone you want to get the message through to. American family therapist, Linda Gottlieb provides generic letters that any professional can send to

How anyone can tell truth to power

Sometimes complex issues in big messy systems crystallise best into simple effective messages. The trick is to care and to have someone you want to get the message through to. American family therapist, Linda Gottlieb provides generic letters that any professional can send to