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 …

What to do with an abused child?

Well, that seems to depend on the kind of abuse.  If the abuse is physical or sexual, the child will be removed from a parent(s) and put into care.  That’s public law.  In Parental Alienation cases, children are left to rot.  They are allowed to remain with their abuser.  That’s private law. But the ‘threshold’ …

The ‘Magic Bullet’

What is the ‘magic bullet’ required to stop PA in its tracks? Well, there are several possible candidates, as follows: Introduction The judge could make an immediate transfer of residence order, conditional upon the alienator cooperating with contact.  This is a ‘coercive’ order.  The idea here is that the alienator is incentivised to cooperate with …

Another Tearful and Wholly-Deserving Father – The Case of ‘A’

Introduction Today I am looking at yet another parental alienation case that’s gone badly wrong.  I will be analysing this and attempting to attribute blame – because, by God, some blame needs attributing.  If this case doesn’t get you angry and sad in equal measure… The case is called ‘A’, and can be found here …

PA and DV

Parental Alienation (‘PA’), Domestic Violence (‘DV’) and False Allegations Introduction We have been hearing a lot recently about ‘Parental Alienation’.  My aim today is to offer a brief guide as to the condition, and what we can do to combat it.  I argue that PA is nothing less than the psychological abuse of a child. …

Judicial Cowardice

OK, so, more thinking, more theories.  Still trying to get in the head of the judge… I think we can make a simple case for the explanation of why judges are as useless as they are.  This time, the reason is political.   The reason is cowardice.   This theory emanates from my memory of when my …