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 …

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. …