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 …

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 …

PA, DV and the Danes

I was interested to read this piece on the interweb about problems in Denmark, related to domestic violence (‘DV’) and PA, which seem, for better or worse, to be inextricably linked.  As you will see, the piece was written regarding a new book published in Denmark (and doubtless elsewhere) called “The Biggest Power Pig Wins” …

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 …

Making PA a Crime

You will see elsewhere that I advocate making PA a criminal offence, as well as a distinct tort.  Well, I have found a lawyer that ‘gets it’ – and these are rare.  The lawyer is June Venters QC, and her article is here. I have to say that it is refreshing to find a lawyer …

The Problem with Parental Alienation

The Problem with Parental Alienation As an alienated parent, I think about PA a lot.   The thing I find hardest to understand is this: How come I get it, and can explain it to anyone in 5 minutes, yet judges and CAFCASS workers don’t get it?   Courts sometimes take ten years to work this stuff …

Do we need Specialist Social Workers?

Do we need specialist social workers? We have already highlighted the need for more specialisation for lawyers.  UKAP argues here for the need for more specialisation for social workers also. Introduction The chief problem with social work in this field is an in-built prejudice against men.  This is highlighted in a recent report from the …