Justice vs Best Interests of the Child

It occurred to me the other day that the family court has a unique role in the justice system of England and Wales (and most other Anglo-centric jurisdictions).  This is because the family court, when considering the matter of child custody and access (to use the old terms) is not concerned with justice.   Justice is …

Domestic Violence and Parental Alienation – and why judges always do the wrong thing

There is a somewhat disagreeable tension between domestic violence and parental alienation.   I would like to try to analyse this, as it may well lie at the heart of the problem in getting PA recognised as a ‘thing’ – a proper psychological issue worth investigating.  In order to do this, I think it would be …

Sleeping with the Enemy

I was reading recently about the American Civil War.  Interesting.  I came across this bit about Lincoln: “Historians have overwhelmingly praised the “political genius” of Abraham Lincoln’s performance as president. His first priority was military victory. This required that he master entirely new skills as a strategist and diplomat. He oversaw supplies, finances, manpower, the selection of generals, …

Lies, Damned Lies and Logico-Semantic Trickery

Judges and Social Workers are routinely complicit in child abuse. Let us consider all of the kinds of difficult private law cases involving children-related issues in the family courts.   The courts have used the following phrases.  These phrases have been used haphazardly and non-uniformly.  I would like to reduce all this equivocation into a codified …

Finding Parental Alienation

There has been much discussion about what the courts should do when it has made a ‘finding’ of Parental Alienation.   Perhaps Parental Alienation must be thought of as a kind of child abuse.  I certainly think so, as does June Venters QC, when she asks[1] “One issue that does concern me, and I know many …

Sexual Identity and the Mind/Body Problem

Intro We are all aware these days of people that wish to change gender.  Such people feel, in essence, that, although they have a woman’s body, they ‘feel’ like a man (or visa versa).  That is, that, although they appear to be female, they ‘identify’ as male.  In essence, they have the wrong body.  Or …