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(KS) HAL RICHARDSON-CRIMINAL PARENTAL INTERFERNCE, CONTEMPT, CRIMINAL CUSTODIAL INTERFERNCE, ABUSE, KIDNAPPING, HOSTAGE-and gets away with it!

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I am STILL waiting for a hearing date to advance this… well I have been waiting 15 years for any justice—and I guess we will still wait longer. Now, IF I put the tribute Video of my dead mother and daughter up—I’d be in court in two days—( past experience)

AND, IN CONTEMPT AGAIN for —the powerful LOVE that is shown between three generations in that TRIBUTE VIDEO, LOVE HOPE & EMPOWERMENT

Recall they did not allow child to even attend her Grandmothers funeral. (re-listening as I hyperlinked to this-UNREAL brings me back down to the reality of the genocide)

But, I was found in Contempt. Daddy dearest as we all know—can beat the shit out of his daughters mother through out the years—and they call it as “MOM is not ‘co-parenting’. WTF"?

Yes this IS Justice. Raped, Blind folded gagged and rolled in the mud- then the gang bang begins again.

Welcome to mandatory shared parenting, and the abusers right lobby (aka fathers Rights, Parental Alienation, PAS whatever oppressive coined term of the day) to continue to abuse.

Welcome to the Fathers Rights Movement.

Welcome to hell.

American Mothers Political Party: coming soon:  www.AmericanMothersPoliticalParty.org

and-We Will Be Victorious

So Halleck G Richardson II, Owner of Minuteman Solar Film Topeka, Kansas. Your Reign of Terror can not last forever-

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall––think of it–always. –Mahatma Gandhi

That–and Karma IS a bitch. The Universal Justice.

 

01/29/2010 MISC. Petitioner in person and by Jason Hoffman. Respondent in person and by Robert E. Duncan, II. G.A.L., Jill Dykes, present. Court Reporter: Digital Div. 13. Motion #88 to find Respondent in Contempt and Motion #87 by Respondent to Modify Visitation before Court.

Evidence presented – Court finds Petitioner has failed to prove an intentional violation of Court’s prior orders by Respondent and denies motion to find Respondent in contempt.

Court finds minor child has serious concerns about parenting time with mother but they do not rise to the level that would seriously endanger child’s physical, mental, moral or emotional health per K.S.A. 60-1616(a). Further, reasons for ordering supervised parenting time in 2004 were not presented in the evidence, minor child is 15 now and it is in best interest of child that both parents have relationship with child.

Court orders unsupervised parenting time from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. every Sunday, starting January 31, 2010 – exchanges at LEC, parenting time to be exercised in public within boundary of Shawnee County, Kansas. Neither parent to discuss divorce, proceedings or other parent with child. Respondent allowed to call daughter every Tuesday and Thursday between 8:00 p.m and 9:00 p.m. for 1/2 hour. Respondent to pay her remaining balance at Odyssey. Court will review case on March 2, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. to determine if parenting time should be expanded. Duncan to do JE. DBD

Soooo what has happened?? Ya think any part of this Order was followed? nope, custody hell in Kansas continues (Coercive Control)

DIRECT VIOLATIONS OF THE COURTS ORDER JANUARY 29TH, 2010

CRIMINAL PARENTAL INTERFERNCE, CONTEMPT, CRIMINAL CUSTODIAL INTERFERNCE, ABUSE, KIDNAPPING AND HOSTAGE

1. February 2nd, 2010 Tuesday 8:15 PM- CALL DENIED.

2. February 3rd, 2010 Wednesday- 7:39 PM- CALL DENIED.

3. February 4th, 2010 Thursday- 8:30 PM –CALL DENIED.

4. February 9th, 2010 Tuesday 8:00 PM -CALL DENIED.

5. February 16th 2009 Tuesday 8:30 PM –CALL DENIED.

6. February 18th, 2010 8:00 PM- CALL DENIED.

7. February 21st, 2010 12:20 PM VISIT CANCELLED.

8. February 23rd, 2010 Tuesday 8:30 pm- CALL DENIED.

9. March 2, 2010 Tuesday 8:30 pm –CALL DENIED.

10. March 4th, 2010 Thursday 8:29 PM- CALL DENIED.

11. March 9th 2010 Tuesday 8:45 PM-CALL DENIED.

12. March 11, 2010 Thursday 8: 50 PM-CALL DENIED.

13. March 16th, 2010 Tuesday 8:05 PM- CALL DENIED.

14. March 18th, 2010 Thursday 8:27 PM-CALL DENIED.

15. March 23rd, 2010 Tuesday 8:35 PM-CALL DENIED.

16. March 25th, 2010 Thursday 8:15 PM- CALL DENIED.

17. March 30th, 2010 Tuesday 8:05 PM-CALL DENIED.

18. April 1st, 2010 Thursday 2010 8:15 PM –CALL DENIED.

19. April 6th, 2010 Tuesday, 8:10 PM-CALL DENIED.

20. April 8th, 2010 Thursday 8:25 PM-CALL DENIED.

21. April 15th, 2010 Thursday 8:37 PM –CALL DENIED.

22. April 20th, 2010 Tuesday 8:25 PM-CALL DENIED.

23. April 22nd, 2010 Thursday 8:18 PM-CALL DENIED.

24. April 27TH, 2010 Tuesday 8:25 PM-CALL DENIED.

25. April 29th, 2010 Thursday 7:55 PM-CALL DENIED.

26. May 4th, 2010 Tuesday 8:30 PM-CALL DENIED.

27. May 6th, 2010 Wednesday 8:27 PM-CALL DENIED.

28. May 9th, 2010 Sunday Visit- Mothers dayVISIT LATE BY TEN MINUTES

29. May 13th, 2010 Thursday 8:05 PM –CALL DENIED

30. May 16TH, 2010 Sunday Visit-VISIT LATE NINE MINUTES

31. May 18th, 2010 Tuesday 8:07 PM-CALL DENIED

32. May 20th, 2010 Thursday 8:20 PM -CALL DENIED.

33. May 23rd, 2010 Sunday- VISIT CANCELLED.

34. May 25th, 2010 Tuesday-8:15 pm -CALL DENIED.

35. May 27th, 2010 Thursday- 8:28 CALL DENIED.

36. May 30th, 2010 Sunday Visit –VISIT LATE BY TWENTY MINUTES.

37. June 1, 2010 Tuesday 8:20PM-CALL DENIED.

38. June 3, 2010 Thursday 8:00 PM –CALL DENIED

39. June 6, 2010 Sunday Visit-1:15 PM VISIT LATE BY FIFTEEN MINUTES.

40. June 8, 2010 Tuesday 8:05 PM-CALL DENIED

41. June 10, 2010 Thursday 8:25 PM-CALL DENIED

42. June 13, 2010 Sunday 1:00 PM –VISIT CANCELLED.

43. June 15th, 2010 Tuesday 8:20 PM= CALL DENIED.

44. June 17th, 2010 Thursday 8:15 PM – CALL DENIED.

45. June 20th, 2010 SUNDAY VISIT- NO SHOW- NO CALL

46. June 22nd, 2010 TUESDAY 8:00 PM –CALL DENIED

47. June 24th, 20100 Thursday 8:15 PM-CALL DENIED

48. June 27th, 2010 SUNDAY 1:00 PM VISIT- DENIED

49. June 29th, 2010 Tuesday -8:10 PM- CALL DENIED

Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) Stuart Showalter Neo Nazi-Fathers Rights Advocate-Abusers Rights Advocate Glenn Sacks-Abusers Advocate,Right Wing Terrorist- Fathers Rights. Warren Farrell, Mike J Murphy, Jeremy Swanson, Mark K Godbey, Donald Tenn, Stan Rains, Richard A. Gardner coined the term Parental Alienation Syndrome

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Neanderthals: Did they really die off?

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Whilst scientists are debating over the time of their death and what they died of, a mens rights crusader has nearly won a lawsuit against the Oakland A over not giving him a mothers day hat. The judge has approved a settlement of $510,000. Rava has already won more than 40 discrimination law suits in America including Club Med for having a ladies only promotion, the angels for not giving him a tote bag and many other venues for similar occurrences. Even the reporterRick Reilly described him as,

"He’s a greasy manipulator who has found a small leak in American law and stuck an open wallet under it. When they wrote California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act in 1959 — the act Rava cites in his suits — they never thought soulless creatures like him would someday slink about the earth." Read morehere.

Reports of harassment circulate from domestic violence shelter owners, mothers group owners, politicians and researchers of similar types of abuse. It was as if an engorged adult claimed discrimination against world vision for providing food to starving children. Rava is not the only mens rights crusader that is opening up a loophole in the law and catching it with his wallet. Dads in distress have managed to cypher a million dollars in funding over a statistic that they don’t even cater for. The highest suicide rate in the population is young aboriginal men. The largest aboriginal population is in the Northern Territory and dads in distress only provide a service in New South Wales and Victoria. There have been so many mens programs that they now out number the women and if you take out the programs for young women; there is nothing.

The aim of dads in distress is to provide support through family law issues, yet there are no specific services for women going through the family court. Shelters and domestic violence counseling services are overloaded and are restricted in being able to support them through the family court. Some workers are restrained by funding or capacity and others are afraid of stepping on legal toes post shared parenting campaigns. Not only have these men attacked women accessing the family court, they have trampled on domestic violence victims and access to a much needed service. Richard Hillman, another mens rights campaigner tried to sue a child counsellor for taking protective action towards a child. The judge pointed out that he was asking him to put his duty of care above a child.

They have gnawed away at our systems and protections that give women and children the opportunity to be free from violence. When some of them died as a result of their influence, they justified their deaths and some even tried to use it as a reason to push more of their laws. The logic was, "Dad was angry and suicidal, I can understand that, just give him the child and control and it wont happen again".

Meanwhile on the other side of the world, young women die for speaking to another man or going out on their own – some die because they were raped. There might be a huge difference between the silent bloodshed that goes on within the home to the brutal public honor kills, but the rhetoric is no different and each egg the other on. It is the hate towards women, their autonomy and envy towards their ability to create life that drives these neanderthals towards acts of brutality and clearing all obstacles to commit those acts is their true agenda. There are many men like Rick, who refuse to be apart of such hypocrisy and very much a reason why survivors of domestic violence can and have loved again.

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Amber Huggins, Lauren McConniel’s mother, spent six months trying to find daughters- Father was given Custody and killed her

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Here is more details, (Arkansas):

http://www.thestarp ress.com/ article/20100618 /NEWS01/6180307/ Amber-Huggins- Lauren-McConniel -s-mother- spent-six- months-trying- to-find-daughter s

Amber Huggins, Lauren McConniel’s mother, spent six months trying to find daughters

MUNCIE — The biological mother of Lauren McConniel says she lost custody of the girl because she couldn’t afford an attorney.

She also says she pleaded unsuccessfully with the girl’s father and stepmother — via e-mail — to tell her where they were living in the months before Lauren’s death.

"I was kept from my daughter for six months," said Amber Huggins, a Marion native now living in Knoxville, Tenn. "I looked everywhere for them (Lauren and her 9-year-old sister) for six months."

Five-year-old Lauren’s father, Ryan McConniel, and stepmother, Brittany McConniel, have been charged with felony neglect of a dependent resulting in Lauren’s death on March 9.

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Amber and Ryan’s divorce decree in White County, Ark., granted Ryan custody of both girls in 2007.

"I did not have the financial resources to have an attorney," Amber said this week in a telephone interview. "Ryan had an attorney and I did not. There was no other reason he got custody. I was not an unfit mother. I never hurt my children."

Ryan kept the older daughter, but let Amber have Lauren starting at Christmas of 2008 after Amber filed a complaint of child abuse.

"She had bruises on her," Amber said. "I asked her what happened and she said she didn’t know. I took pictures of the bruises but they were old and not good quality pictures. Child protective services in White County said it was not enough."

Amber had Lauren until August 2009 when Ryan took her back. He gave Knoxville police an address in Winchester where he said he would be living.

But Amber later traveled to Winchester, and, accompanied by the police, went to the address Ryan had provided to Knoxville police.

Nobody had lived at the address in a long time.

"I sent numerous e-mails begging them to give me their address," Amber said. "I was told they were living in Winchester. I heard they were living in Farmland. I heard Fort Wayne. I heard Muncie. I heard everything."

Amber said Ryan and Brittany responded by e-mail that she could see the girls when they got old enough to decide for themselves if they wanted to see her.

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This is the little girl that died in Muncie.  The mother couldn’t find her, dad and stepmom kept her from her.  Mom couldn’t afford lawyer, mom lost custody.

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Want To Be A Good Dad? Support Mom And Avoid Father’s Rights Groups

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Want To Be A Good Dad? Support Mom And Avoid Father’s Rights Groups

By Trish Wilson

Over the past decade, fatherhood has been all the rage and dads are naturally the talk of pundits on Father’s Day. So let’s say you’re a divorcing dad and you’re having trouble coping. You look for help on the internet and discover the father’s rights movement.

Be warned – avoid father’s rights groups like the plague. According to the pro-feminist men’s group The National Organization For Men Against Sexism (NOMAS), “male supremacist groups (“Father’s Rights”) have caused unspeakable harm to our country and to our children by encouraging abusive fathers, often with little past involvement with their children, to seek custody as a tactic to pressure a mother to return or to punish her for leaving. “Shared parenting”, “friendly parent”, involvement of both parents and other concepts that seem fair and benevolent have instead been used to manipulate courts and legislatures to help abusive fathers. For instance, women are routinely denied custody of their children after being classified as “unfriendly” for asserting that the husband has abused them or their children.” Father’s rights groups prey on confused men angry and sad over the break-up of their relationships by stoking their rage and insecurities. In addition, father’s rights groups encourage men to fight for custody of their children by using harmful tactics that further erode their relationships with their ex’s – and by extension their children.

How can a dad – unemployed or working outside the home – be a good father? Not by fighting for custody or demanding “shared parenting” after divorce or breakup. The best way a dad can be a good father is by providing support to the mother of his children, including both financial and emotional support. According to Florida attorney Elizabeth Kates, “a father’s most important role, and the one common “father factor” in all research that indicates any correlation between father involvement or presence and positive effect on child well-being is: a father who emotionally cares for, financially supports, respects, is involved with, takes some of the work load off of, and generally makes life easier, happier and less stressful for. . . his children’s mother.”

If dad wants to make sure his children thrive he must do whatever he can to ensure that their mother is thriving. Stop fighting for “shared parenting” or sole custody if you are in court. Don’t badmouth their mother. Stop hiring paid mouthpieces that tout the latest psychological theory to show that the children are best off with a dad who had never acted as their primary caregiver. I know this will piss off lots of men but it is the truth.

Don’t believe me? How about the research?

A seven-year study by Dallas’s Timberlawn Psychiatric Institute found the one factor that was the most important in helping children become healthy, happy adults, was the quality of the relationship between their parents. This one factor was more important than giving kids hugs, providing good discipline, building their self esteem, or any other aspect of what is traditionally considered ‘good parenting’.” Other studies found that “the strongest single factor associated with resiliency in early years is social attachment to a primary caregiver. There is considerable evidence linking secure attachment to social and academic competence and positive developmental outcomes, such as improved communication, problem-solving, social relationships and grades” and “the single most important determinant of child well-being after divorce is living in a household with adequate income.”

Even the National Fatherhood Initiative agreed with the mother-needs-support assessment when it found that “the best thing a dad can do for his children is love their mother.” Researcher Michael Lamb, known for his studies of fatherhood, noted that “…the warmer, the richer, the more supportive the relationship he has with the mother, the better he is able to be a supportive and loving father for the child.”

So dads, the message is clear. If you want your children to grow up to be happy and healthy adults, the best thing you can do for them is to make sure that their mother is comfortable, healthy, and happy. When primary caregiving moms thrive, children thrive. And happy children enjoy their fathers more.

Happy Father’s Day.

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Wassaic man admits sex abuse, murder of infant daughter

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William Tate Jr.

Town of Amenia resident William Tate Jr. faces a minimum of 30 years in prison in the brutal sexual abuse and murder of his 3 1/2-month-old daughter.

Standing before a judge in the Dutchess County Courthouse on Thursday afternoon, the 29-year-old Tate acknowledged he caused the death of his daughter, Reese Tate, by sexually abusing her and inflicting head injuries. The baby was fatally injured at the family’s home on Willow Lane in Wassaic on the night of Feb. 3. She was pronounced dead early on Feb. 4 at Sharon (Conn.) Hospital.

Tate entered guilty pleas to second-degree murder and aggravated sexual abuse. He will be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, the maximum penalty allowed by law for second-degree murder, and an additional five years in prison on the sexual abuse charge. Judge Thomas J. Dolan set sentencing for June 25.

"Were you aware that acting in that manner with that child was likely to cause serious physical injury or death?" Dolan asked Tate during the 15-minute proceeding in the third-floor courtroom .

"Yes," Tate replied.

"And I take it you would also agree that a 3-month-old child, an infant, was particularly vulnerable to being manhandled in the manner you described?" the judged asked.

"Yes," Tate said.

Speaking in a flat monotone, Tate began his account of the crimes by telling the judge he had been bouncing the baby on his knee and that he had squeezed her and she struck her head on his knee.

This prompted Senior Assistant District Attorney Marjorie Smith to interrupt the proceedings.

"May I read a list of (the baby’s) injuries?" Smith asked Dolan.

The prosecutor then read from court documents prepared by the grand jury that indicted Tate for the crimes. Those injuries included brain swelling, broken ribs, lung congestion, anal tearing and the ripping of her bowel from her intestines, resulting in peritonitis.

The infant died as a result of "blunt impact to the head and thrusting injuries to the abdomen and stomach," according to the indictment.

Smith, an assistant district attorney for nearly 30 years, called the crime the worst she had ever prosecuted, describing it as "beyond horrific.

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Town of Amenia resident William Tate Jr. faces a minimum of 30 years in prison in the brutal sexual abuse and murder of his 3 1/2-month-old daughter.

Standing before a judge in the Dutchess County Courthouse on Thursday afternoon, the 29-year-old Tate acknowledged he caused the death of his daughter, Reese Tate, by sexually abusing her and inflicting head injuries. The baby was fatally injured at the family’s home on Willow Lane in Wassaic on the night of Feb. 3. She was pronounced dead early on Feb. 4 at Sharon (Conn.) Hospital.

Tate entered guilty pleas to second-degree murder and aggravated sexual abuse. He will be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, the maximum penalty allowed by law for second-degree murder, and an additional five years in prison on the sexual abuse charge. Judge Thomas J. Dolan set sentencing for June 25.

"Were you aware that acting in that manner with that child was likely to cause serious physical injury or death?" Dolan asked Tate during the 15-minute proceeding in the third-floor courtroom .

"Yes," Tate replied.

"And I take it you would also agree that a 3-month-old child, an infant, was particularly vulnerable to being manhandled in the manner you described?" the judged asked.

"Yes," Tate said.

Speaking in a flat monotone, Tate began his account of the crimes by telling the judge he had been bouncing the baby on his knee and that he had squeezed her and she struck her head on his knee.

This prompted Senior Assistant District Attorney Marjorie Smith to interrupt the proceedings.

"May I read a list of (the baby’s) injuries?" Smith asked Dolan.

The prosecutor then read from court documents prepared by the grand jury that indicted Tate for the crimes. Those injuries included brain swelling, broken ribs, lung congestion, anal tearing and the ripping of her bowel from her intestines, resulting in peritonitis.

The infant died as a result of "blunt impact to the head and thrusting injuries to the abdomen and stomach," according to the indictment.

Smith, an assistant district attorney for nearly 30 years, called the crime the worst she had ever prosecuted, describing it as "beyond horrific.

"I don’t know of a person involved, from the police to the lab people to the people in the Connecticut Medical Examiner’s Office to the grand jurors, who were not profoundly affected by the horror of what the last few moments of this little girl’s life must have been like," the prosecutor said.

Smith said she was grateful Tate’s decision to admit the crimes had spared the family the ordeal of testifying at a trial.

"The family is now relieved of having to come forward and testifying, but I know they all would have done it," Smith said, referring to Tate’s wife, her parents and his parents.

She said all the family members "had been profoundly grieving from the day of the crime to this day."

"This was a beautiful little girl who was very loved," she said.

Smith praised Rochelle McDonough of the Crime Victims Assistance Bureau for comforting the family and cited Dutchess County sheriff’s deputies for the work they had done gathering the evidence leading to Tate’s guilty pleas.

"They all did a thorough job under extraordinarily difficult and emotional circumstances," she said.

Tate will not be eligible for parole until 2040. If he is ever paroled, he must undergo an additional 20 years of post-release supervision, meaning that if he violates any of the terms of his release, he will be sent back to prison.

Smith said she was grateful Tate’s decision to admit the crimes had spared the family the ordeal of testifying at a trial.

"The family is now relieved of having to come forward and testifying, but I know they all would have done it," Smith said, referring to Tate’s wife, her parents and his parents.

She said all the family members "had been profoundly grieving from the day of the crime to this day."

"This was a beautiful little girl who was very loved," she said.

Smith praised Rochelle McDonough of the Crime Victims Assistance Bureau for comforting the family and cited Dutchess County sheriff’s deputies for the work they had done gathering the evidence leading to Tate’s guilty pleas.

"They all did a thorough job under extraordinarily difficult and emotional circumstances," she said.

Tate will not be eligible for parole until 2040. If he is ever paroled, he must undergo an additional 20 years of post-release supervision, meaning that if he violates any of the terms of his release, he will be sent back to prison.

Reach Larry Hertz at lhertz@poughkee.gannett.com or 845-437-4824.

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20100618/NEWS05/6180335/Wassaic-man-admits-sex-abuse–murder-of-infant-daughter

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The Agenda Behind the Rhetoric of Joint Custody, Shared Parenting, King Solomon Approach to child Custody

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Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS)

Child Custody Evaluations
Custody Evaluation Guidelines
Child Custody Evaluators

||||| Joint Custody

||||| Joint Custody Studies

||||| What the Experts Say
A Review of the Scholarly Research on Post-Divorce Parenting and Child Well-being.

||||| The Agenda Behind the Rhetoric of Joint Custody This article was posted to the familylaw-l list in January, 1997, and appeared in the April 1997 Issue of the ABA Journal as a letter to the editor.

||||| Joint Custody Just Does Not Work. Research from the California Judicial Council, 2000. Look at the findings; ignore the "spin." This study was done ostensibly to look at the results of mediated "parenting plans." Look what happend to joint custody. As a lifetsyle, it just does not work. Its only arguable accomplishment probably is to ultimately send more children into the sole custody of their fathers than otherwise would occur. (A primary reason fathers’ rights groups push for it.) It’s unlikely that any group, children, mothers, or fathers, benefits from this phenomenon — other than, of course, custody mediators, evaluators, and parenting coordinators, who make more money the more problematic and unworkable a "parenting plan" is. See above, "The Agenda Behind the Rhetoric.")

||||| Myths and Facts about Fatherhood: What the Research REALLY Says

||||| Myths and Facts about Motherhood: What the Research REALLY Says

||||| Myths and Facts about Stepmothers and Mother Absence: What the Research REALLY Says

||||| Child Abuse Links and Information

||||| "Parental Alienation" – Getting it Wrong in Child Custody Cases
by Professor Carol S. Bruch

 

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WILL HE KILL-High Conflict-Custody, Divorce Domestic Violence

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WILL HE KILL
New information to help identify higher risk
cases   [note]

More — Why He Kills and Can he be stopped?
RESEARCH

NEW: JUNE 2009 — Dept. Justice Report: Practical Implications of Domestic Violence Research for Law Enforcement, Prosecutors and Judges

According to research by Katherine van Wormer, Professor of Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa, certain patterns have emerged in cases in which men have ended up murdering their spouses and/or children or others, as well as in the common "murder-suicide" cases (the below excludes elder murder-suicides, which have a different dynamic). The presence of some of these factors should create extra caution. (The lack of all factors being present, however, should not be taken to indicate the absence of risk.) The statistics and statistical charts are available at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/intimate/overview.htm Prof. Wormer writes:

The pattern that emerges in these cases involves intimate partners in the 20 to 35-year-old range: The man is abusive, psychologically and/or physically. Obsessed with the woman to the extent that he feels he can’t live without her, he is fiercely jealous and determined to isolate her… Primary among the risk factors are an abuser’s lack of employment compounded by a lack of education. Significant relationship variables are plans by the wife or partner to separate from her abuser and having a child in the home who is not the partner’s biological child.
        Other factors that can help predict homicide are an abuser’s heavy use of alcohol and illicit drugs, a history of sexual jealousy, growing up in a violent home, violence and verbal abuse, an age disparity with the husband being significantly older, a threat of separation by the woman, and antisocial personality and/or an overly dependent personality, stalking and access to firearms. Threats of use of a weapon were common in these cases… The key distinguishing factor between this and the more usual form of domestic homicide is the presence of depression and suicidal ideation.
        Characteristically, suicidal murderers have little regard for the lives of other people; they would be considered, in mental health jargon, to be antisocial. Yet they are so emotionally dependent on their wives or girlfriends that they would sooner be dead than to live without them. When the girlfriend/wife makes a move to leave, her partner is absolutely distraught in the belief that he can’t live without her.

The State of Maryland has instituted a Lethality Assessment (download) Program (LAP) in many of its counties that has been having some success. The success may be because the questions are asked, rather than the assumption being made that the significance of risk factors will be known to the complainant and the information thus volunteered. An assessment tool was created by Johns Hopkins University nursing professor Jacquelyn C. Campbell; it is debatable whether this can or should be used in court "as" an assessment tool. (Read more about this in the Maryland Daily Record, 10/13/08.)

High risk factors:

The alleged abuser is male. Statistically, more than 90% of murder-suicide cases are perpetrated by men against women.

The parties were married or a close equivalent. Statistically, most of these cases involve the man’s perceived loss of family and home, however in recent years, formal marriage as a factor has been declining.

The man is significantly older than the woman. Statistically in these cases, the male perpetrator averages 6.3 years older than a female victim; the woman is in the 20 to 35-year-old range.

The woman has made the decision to leave the man; there is a threat of separation even if it has not yet occurred. Note: the lack of a family support system, wife or significant other, coupled with a recent family loss (death, divorce), are indicators for suicide in a depressed person, and suicidal depression is a risk factor for murder-suicide.

The woman has a child in the home who is not the man’s biological child. This may be related to sexual jealousy. (A significant portion of cases do not fit this pattern, however, so again, caution should be taken that the absence of a risk factor does not create unwarranted perception of lesser risk. Not enough is known about weighting the various factors under different circumstances.)

The man has had depressed episodes or suicide ideation, or currently is depressed. Statistically (as we might guess), depression is more likely to be present in murder-suicide cases than in the cases of murder without the perpetrator’s suicide. Of particular note, the man has made threats to kill either himself or the woman or children.

There is a history of physical abuse, particularly choking. For this purpose "history" should not be limited to adjudicated history, or any other "history that has come to the attention of authorities." In too many of the news articles we read, the neighbors and friends express "surprise".

There is a history alleged of psychological abuse. Of particular note are attempts at controlling behaviors and sexual jealousy, even without demonstrable physical abuse (verbal abuse, accusations, spying, stalking).

The man is unemployed or under-employed, chronically or recent job loss or reversal.

The man has abused alcohol (drunk episodes, not necessarily diagnosed alcoholic), or used illegal drugs.

The man has or can get access to a hand gun.

Also see: More — WHY HE KILLS


NOTE: Citation to the social work website and assessment tool is NOT an endorsement or recommendation by thelizlibrary.org for judges to hire forensic psychologists, social workers, or custody evaluators to provide "risk assessments". There is no instrument or expert who can provide a risk assessment to any "reasonable degree of scientific certainty" (e.g. see Baerger, 2001; Bednar, R., Bednar, S., Lambert, M., & Waite, D., 1991; Otto, 1992). One more time: Mental health professionals canNOT predict who will or will not be dangerous or when, and for this reason their opinions should not be permitted to substitute for those of potential victims and protective parents. No mental health professional can say that a person is "not dangerous". Nowhere in the research literature is there any documentation that clinicians can predict dangerous behavior beyond the level of chance. (Stromberg et al., 1988, p. 522). Rather, the information provided on this webpage can and should be used directly by judges in weighing testimony and evidence in court. Judges must take seriously the concerns of immediate family members and potential victims, and in cases of doubt, must err on the side of caution. It does not require expertise to apply common sense. (Yes, this is profiling, and sorry, there are no crystal balls.)  RETURN TO TEXT


Amy J. Baker and Parental Alienation: Behind the Veil of Ignorance

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Courtesy Randi James.

part two of The Ever Expanding Parental Alienation Theory: Amy J. Baker’s Research Revisited

Amy J. Baker got some publicity in a March 2008 with David Van Nuys, Ph.D. The following excerpts come from the transcript from the Wise Counsel interview (emphasis mine):

Amy: We only consider PAS when there is no other reason. In other words,if a parent is abusive or neglectful or moves away or is a poor parent in some ways that results in the child saying, "You know Dad (or Mom), I really need to step back from this relationship", that’s not PAS. It’s only PAS when the child is being manipulated by one parent to reject the other parent in the absence of a good reason for rejecting that parent.

Wait a minute, that’s not what Baker said in her study! The interviewer should have asked her how can she tell if the parent is abusive or neglectful if he/she is the target parent who is reporting the alienation. What motivation does this person have to tell the truth? On the other hand, considering PAS "when there is no other reason" or "in the absence of a good reason" is not evidence that itexists. This is not scientific. (Think of it this way: you report to the doctor with severe headaches with blurred vision and nausea. The doctor tells you that you it isn’t a migraine, you don’t have allergies or sinus problems, and your vision seems fine. So, you must have a brain tumor. Let’s operate!)

Amy: The DSM is going through another round of revisions, I think it’s due out at some time in 2012 or something and at that point, PAS may be included. It really depends on how much empirical research and the lobbying and behind the scenes sort of pressures to include it and not include it that are going on.

So, the DSM is about politics, not scientific evidence? The interviewer should have asked her what parental alienation empirical research looks like.

Amy: It’s 100 percent on research and theory. I’m actually not a clinician…

I only do research and the book is based primarily on interviews, in depth interviews with 40 adults who believe that when they were children they were turned against one parent by the other parent and then I used those case studies to explicate various aspects of PAS theory that I’m interested in writing about. The book is solely based on that. I don’t have a clinical practice.

Hmmm. So Baker has not seen clinical evidence of parental alienation. Her method is word of mouth. Let’s do a recap of the subjects she interviewed:

40 people= 25 women, 15 men

age range 19-67, with a mode of about 40 years of age

29 people reported that their parents divorced during their childhood

Average age during said divorce= 5.76 years, with a mode of 2.

So, just in case you didn’t figure this all out in the last post, the participants who volunteered for Baker’s study were mostly middle aged with a majority of themreflecting on a divorce, and actions thereafter, that occurred between their parents during or before kindergarten. (And some of the parents never divorced.)

The interviewer should have asked Baker how she gets paid. (Constant self-promotion = books sales, speaking engagements. Research = grant money.) Oh, wait, the answer is below:

Amy: Well, a researcher’s dream is to find a topic that is both rich and fascinating and which there is human drama and a relatively understudied area where there is a significant need to be filled so that there’s a kind of"ready made" audience for your findings. The opposite of that is to do a study and you write a book or an article and it just sits on a shelf and it doesn’t help anybody.

Perhaps psych researchers are bottom feeders preying on people’s suffering and offering them solutions just to make a dollar. Opportunists. Where’s that cash cow?

Amy: But in this other category, there were father alienators and mother alienators. Basically, rather than being narcissistic and seducing the children into their camp, so to speak, they were abusive. The parents seemed to have a more anti-social personality disorder rather than a narcissistic or borderline. They really pull the kids to them through fear of rejection, fear of abandonment and more kind of controlling, even physically and sexually abusive style.

But Amy is not a clinician. She only "saw" these things via a relayed and delayedmessage from her participants. And didn’t she just say that this wasn’t considered alienation?

Amy: So, the way in which it’s like a cult is first of all, alienating parents use many of the same strategies that cult leaders use. The same youth control, they create dependency, they use the same black/white thinking. If you break it down on a point by point basis, alienating parents and cult leaders use essentially the same thought reform and emotional manipulation techniques.

Maligning motherhood or parenthood. There are probably lots of parallels that could be made between parents and cult leaders in general…or parents and military leaders…or parents and anything bad or good. Seriously, this isn’t science. It is opinion. I wouldn’t be surprised if Baker weren’t a biological parent. As an anecdote, I’ve worked with research psychologists. They love to study other folks, especially people of color and women. They are very vested in their research and often have no life outside of it. On another note, from personal experience and observation, I haven’t seen any single mother that purposefully created dependentchildren–ESPECIALLY those mothers that were once partnered with the biological father. In fact, fostering this type of relationship would be counterproductive because often times, these single mother families have less resources; and so the children are "forced" to grow up faster and become independent sooner than their intact family peers.

Amy: …based on my research with both targeted parents and these adult children and now I’ve kind of provided consultations with maybe 100 targeted parents just talking to people on the phone.

But Amy isn’t a clinician. Why is she doing this?

And here’s the parental alienation is abuse trope that is flooding the current literature:

Amy: I do indeed because although there are many definitions of emotional abuse and I just picked one, you could take any definition and compare on a point by point basis and you would see that PAS really lines up. Even if you didn’t do it on a sort of systematic basis, just intuitively, it makes sense to say, "Well, a parent who makes a child lose a relationship with the other parent is abusive in and of itself." Even if you didn’t also conclude, as I do, that these very strategies that the parent uses are abusive.

Intuitively? Is that science?

Amy: Well, the people that I interviewed talked at length about self-esteem problems. They said they hated themselves and thought that they were horrible, horrible people. Part of this is the guilt they felt when they finally had the realization that they had been manipulated to treat one parent very badly.

The interviewer should have asked if the target parent later turned out to be the wonderful parent that they had so hoped for. We often hear the wonderful stories of people reuniting with their biological parents, rarely do we publicly hear of the tragedies and disappointments. No one wants to be wrong. He should have also asked how the participants came to this realization and if the self-esteem problems could have been related to other issues.

Amy: Let me just say that children who have gone through this really treat the targeted parent very shabbily. They’re rude, ungrateful, nasty, hostile and cold. They really put the targeted parent through the ringer and if they ever do figure out, "Gee, I was really manipulated by Dad to treat Mom really badly." They grow up and they feel badly about themselves.

Teenagers in intact one and two parent families can act the same way and the idea of considering them mentally ill or brainwashed would be laughable. Children that have been physically abused by their parents, especially in cases of sexual abuse, often grow up to feel badly about themselves, too. How would Baker know the difference?

Amy: But they also have self-esteem problems because they’ve been told their whole life that one of their parents doesn’t love them. They’ve become too dependent on the approval of the alienating parent. This is another way in which it’s like a cult. Good parents aim to promote the self-efficiency and independence of their children but like cult leaders, alienating parents really want to maintain that dependency of their children on them and that in turn does lead to a low self-esteem. They don’t feel they can take care of themselves and make good choices in the world.

Or maybe one of their parents didn’t love them or love them in a way in which they could understand as a child. Or maybe the child wasn’t an independent child, or the child was slow, or needed more time to form an attachment to one parent and that process was disrupted. Correlation doesn’t equal causation. This stuff cannot be proven. It is absolute conjecture.

Amy: Yes, I have a lot of advice, and again, I’m not going to have time now. Maybe at the end, I can give my email address so people can contact me if they want.

But Amy is not a clinician. Why is she doing this?

Amy: So I advise, unless your lawyer or therapist tells you otherwise — andalways do what your lawyer or therapist tells you — you should be having some contact with your kid every week, every month, whatever it is.

Because you can’t do this without them! You cannot foster, maintain, develop, etc a relationship with your children without someone else telling you how to do it. Oh, and you must pay them. This doesn’t sound healthy. It sounds like parental dependency…and I thought we were supposed to foster independent relationships!!

Amy: I invite people who reach out to me. I’m not a clinician. I can give one shot advice or direct you to maybe to a therapist or support groups or some kind of help of support groups who start in my county…

Oh yes, she is not a clinician. She’ll refer you to her friends or get you to buy her book (or gift it to you, which works out really well if she gets a kickback)

Amy: Well, I do recommend a particular website. I have no vested interest in it. It’s just a website I think is good. It’s called Parental Alienation Awareness Organization.

Hmmm.

1. Baker promotes the theory of PAS and so does Parental Alienation Awareness Organization (PAAO).

2. They have lots of her info http://albertapaao.blogspot.com/2010/05/amy-baker-describes-difference-between.html.

3. Her book is on their site http://www.paawareness.org/books.asp.

4. Her article is on their site http://www.paawareness.org/awarness-articles.asp.

5. Her name is mentioned on their pamphlet that they suggest people distributehttp://www.paawareness.org/Brochure/Brochure_ChildHelp_US.pdf.

6. She is listed on their pages of experts twice http://www.paawareness.org/experts.asp

Dr. Amy Baker

Researcher

Email: amyjlbaker@aol.com

Dr. Amy J.L. Baker

Researcher

Email: amyjlbaker@aol.com

Website: www.amyjlbaker.com

Is this what we call a non-vested interest?

Or is this a collaboration of disease mongering (emphasis mine):

“Disease mongering” is the effort by pharmaceutical companies (or others with similar financial interests) to enlarge the market for a treatment by convincing people that they are sick and need medical intervention[2]. Typically, the disease is vague, with nonspecific symptoms spanning a broad spectrum of severity—from everyday experiences many people would not even call “symptoms,” to profound suffering. The market for treatment gets enlarged in two ways: by narrowing the definition of health so normal experiences get labeled as pathologic, and by expanding the definition of disease to include earlier, milder, and presymptomatic forms (e.g., regarding a risk factor such as high cholesterol as a disease in itself).

Do not forget what Amy J. L. Baker does for a living. Via her website,

Dr. Baker has a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College of Columbia University.

Her areas of research include parental alienation, child welfare, parent involvement in their children’s education, early intervention, and attachment. She is the Director of Research at the Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection.

She is the author or co-author of 3 books and over 45 peer reviewed articles.

Dr. Baker is available as an expert witness and for print, radio, and television interviews.

This is about the late Vincent J. Fontana.

This is about The New York Foundling’s Vincent J. Fontana

Center for Child Protection.

Also, in Amy Baker’s own words (December 2009):

>> 4) I have been hired to train New York child protection workers about

>> parental alienation and to help develop the North Dakota custody

>> investigation manual.

>>

>> 5) I have been invited to participate in a plenary panel discussion

>> about parental alienation at the upcoming Association of Family and

>> Conciliation Courts conference in Denver.

If you have ever had any question as to why children are being hurt by the system and in the system, look at the players…the organizations, the members, and the collaborations. Family violence is profitable because it is human drama ("high conflict divorce") where there is a significant need to be filled (by the perpetrators of violence and by the victims) and a ready made audience (the family court system’s judges and lawyers, Child Protective Services, Court Whores, the police force). All funded by monies from the Department of Health and Human Services Administration of Children and Families DHHS/ACF.

See also:

Amy Baker and Parental Alienation Syndrome: Is This What Scientific Research Looks Like?

Psychology and Parental Alienation: Closer to Science?

The Ever Expanding Parental Alienation Theory: Amy J. Baker’s Research Revisited

Parental Alienation in The Hochs’ Rachel House: This is How They Get Down in Texas, Legally

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Fathers make false allegations 16 times more frequently than mothers -in contested custody cases.

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ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD ABUSE IN THE CONTEXT OFPARENTAL SEPARATION: A DISCUSSION PAPER

Received 2 July 2003; received in revised form 13 June 2004; accepted 20 June 2004 http://www.leadershipcouncil.org/docs/Trocme.pdf

Deliberate false reporting by fathers in contested custody cases is in fact much greater.  A study by Nicholas Bala (below) revised (above) and his colleagues found fathers make false allegations 16 times more frequently than mothers. 

These are mostly extreme abusers who do not believe his partner has a right to leave and are using the children to pressure her to return or punish her for leaving.  They have a tremendous sense of entitlement which they believe justifies any tactics including false reports.

Domestic Violence Abuse and Child Custody,  cited: S. J. Dallams & J.L. Silberg, "Myths that Place Children at Risk During Custody Litigation," 9(3) Sexual Assault Rep. 33 (Jan/Feb. 2006 and Jaffe, Crooks and Poisson "Common Misconceptions in Addressing Domestic Violence in Child Custody Disputes" 54 (4) J. & Fam. Ct. J. 57 (Fall, 2003)

 

ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD ABUSE IN THE CONTEXT OFPARENTAL SEPARATION: A DISCUSSION PAPER

http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/pi/fcy-fea/lib-bib/rep-rap/2001/2001_4/2001_4.html

 

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Court Appointed Parenting Evaluators and Guardians Ad Litem: Practical Realities and an Argument for Abolition

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published by Law Offices of Margaret K. Dore by Margaret K. Dore, Esq.

To view this article as it originally appeared in Divorce Litigation click here(pdf)

A. Introduction.

This article describes the practical realities of residential placement and scheduling (i.e., child custody and visitation) recommendations by court-appointed parenting evaluators and guardians ad litem. This article also questions whether given these realities, the practice of using such recommendations should be continued. At the very least, these realities suggest the need for reform.

B. The Evaluation Process.

Parenting evaluators and guardians ad litem investigate parenting arrangements and report back to the court with their recommendations.1Parenting evaluators are usually psychologists or social workers in private practice; guardians ad litem are often lawyers. Many, if not most, are hardworking and conscientious

1. Appointment.

Currently, it is not uncommon for evaluators/guardians ad litem to be appointed via nomination or suggestion.2 With this situation, attorneys can and do advocate appointment of evaluators/guardians ad litem whose views are compatible to their cases. For example, if a father claims that the mother is alienating him from the child, the father’s attorney might suggest evaluators known to believe that alienation is a dispositive factor for custody.

It is also permissible for attorneys to contact evaluators/guardians ad litem prior to appointment. Such contact is ostensibly to verify availability. Its real purpose can be to "test the waters" regarding one’s case. If the reaction is favorable, the attorney will move forward to advocate appointment. If the reaction is unfavorable, the attorney may look elsewhere. Certain attorneys also tend to work with certain evaluators/guardians ad litem. In other words, they develop business relationships. With these circumstances, the person appointed can be pre-aligned to one side.

2. Investigation.

Once appointment is made, the lobbying campaign continues. Each side provides the evaluator/guardian ad litem further information, often on an ex parte basis. This information can include hearsay and other materials inadmissible to a judge. The evaluator’s/guardian ad litem’s opinion is thus formed unfettered by the rules of evidence.

Evaluators/guardians ad litem also meet with the parents and the children. They may also conduct or commission psychological (profile) testing of the parents.

3. Report.

The results of the investigation, any psychological testing and recommendations of the evaluator/guardian ad litem are summarized in a report filed with the court.

In these reports, the evaluator/guardian ad litem may or may not rely on applicable law. This author has read multiple reports in which the law is ignored in favor of the evaluator’s/guardian ad litem’s favorite criteria. For example, this author commonly sees reports with the "friendly parent" concept as a determinative factor. The concept is not part of the Parenting Act and has been twice defeated in our Legislature.3 The author has also read reports in which recommendations are based on the evaluator’s own personal, social or cultural values, e.g., that the mother should not be designated primary parent because she "still" lives with her parents. The Parenting Act does not list this factor as relevant. Cf. RCW 26.09.187 and 26.09.191.

This tendency for evaluators/guardians ad litem to follow their own criteria has been documented in at least one reported decision. See: Gilbert v. Gilbert, 664 A.2d 239, 242 at fn.2 (Vt 1995) (describing survey results, including that "many [guardians ad litem] are not following applicable law"). This tendency is also documented in an article by Paul S. Appelbaum, M.D. He states:

When an evaluator recommends [a child’s placement] we are learning not about the relative capacities of the parties but, instead, about the relative values of the evaluators.

Paul S. Abbelbaum, M.D., "The Medicalization of Judicial Decision-Making", The Elder Law Report, Vol. X, No. 7, February 1999, p. 3, ¶1, last line.

4. Trial.

By the time of trial, the evaluator/guardian ad litem is in the position of defending his or her report and recommendations. Factors encouraging this phenomenon include the need of the evaluator/guardian ad litem to maintain his or her reputation, to thereby gain more appointments.

At this point, the evaluator’s/guardian ad litem’s recommendations can become more strongly stated, i.e., more "black and white". The recommended parent may thus be portrayed as more clearly "good" and the other as more clearly "bad". But the reality may be in the middle, i.e., that like all of us, neither parent is perfect.

At trial, the evaluator’s/guardian ad litem’s testimony typically includes hearsay previously provided by the parties.4  Repeated yet again, it can become grossly distorted–much like a story repeated multiple times as part of a children’s "telephone game".

Evaluator/guardian ad litem testimony can also include opinions on credibility.5  The author has seen as a basis for such opinions, a parent’s psychological profile, e.g., that a parent has an "elevated lie scale". The author has observed such testimony to be extremely prejudicial.6  In a seminar attended by this author, this same evaluator stated that a significant percentage of divorcing women, but not men have a "histrionic" personality disorder and that such persons "lie". She elaborated that histrionic women tend to "wear red" and be "the life of the party".

The above situation is quite different from the admission of an investigator’s testimony in other contexts. For example, an investigator in a criminal trial would not be allowed to testify as to his or her recommendations regarding conviction, as to hearsay, or as to his or her opinion on witness credibility.7

C. Judicial Reliance on Evaluators/Guardians Ad litem.

Most judges perceive evaluators/guardians ad litem as neutral investigators or advisors.8 Evaluator-psychologists can be held in especially high esteem.

With such status, their reports, testimony and recommendations can become the factual standard for trial. The burden of the non-recommended party is thus to disprove a factual standard. The burden of the recommended party is merely to provide corroboration for the standard. In Gilbert v. Gilbert, 664 A.2d at 242 §C, the Supreme Court of Vermont found such burden-shifting so unfair as to require reversal.

A related problem is the legitimization of improper evidence through the evaluator/guardian ad litem. In one record reviewed by this author, the evaluator testified that the mother’s family was "manipulative" and dishonest. On cross examination, the evaluator conceded that as a basis for her opinion, she was relying on unsigned written statements provided by the father. Had the father sought to admit these statements through himself, they would have been viewed as hearsay, lacking authenticity and self-serving. But admitted as they were through the evaluator, their thrust (manipulative/dishonest) was instead perceived as fact. Such "fact" was then incorporated into the court’s decision; the child was removed from the mother’s primary care.

There is authority in other states critical of such reliance on a guardian ad litem’s hearsay. S v. S, 571 N.W.2d 801, 809 (Neb. App. 1997), overruled on other grounds, states:

We see no merit in giving credence to the opinion of a guardian [ad litem] when that opinion is based in large measure on the very hearsay that our legal system holds to be improper.

There are also court rules limiting admissibility of a guardian ad litem’s report. Cf. Gilbert v. Gilbert, 664 A,2d 239, 241 (Vt. 1995) (regarding V.R.F.P. 7).

The law in Washington is, however, contrary. Fernando v. Nieswandt, 87 Wn. App. 103, 107-8, 940 P.2d 138 (1997) seems to state that a guardian ad litem’s recommendations and testimony are automatically admissible per RCW 26.09.220 and RCW 26.12.175. Given the realities described above, such carte blanche admissibility is ill-conceived. Regardless, Fernando’s reliance on 26.09.220 and 26.12.175 is misplaced. RCW 26.09.220(2) states that "the investigator’s report may be received in evidence", not that it "must" or "shall" be admitted. (Emphasis added). Similarly, RCW 26.12.175 does not address admissibility; it states that the guardian ad litem’s role is to "report to the court". "Report to the court" does not necessarily imply admissibility.9 Fernando’s reasoning has been otherwise criticized.10

D. De Facto Decision Making.

With the perceived neutrality of evaluators/guardians ad litem, their recommendations are often determinative.11 But as described above, evaluators/guardians ad litem are not neutral. Once they make their recommendations, they are in the posture of defending them; the "evidence" they rely on is inherently unreliable, the result of an off-the-record lobbying campaign.

With such circumstances, there has been some movement to eliminate guardians ad litem from child custody cases–at least where there are two parents available to litigate the issue. Seattle University Law Professors Raven Lidman and Betsy Hollingsworth state:

Most contested cases have no need for any court appointed individual. [We] submit … that such appointment more often undermines the normal functioning of the courts …

Lidman and Hollingsworth, "The Guardian ad Litem in Child Custody Cases: The Contours of Our Judicial System Stretched Beyond Recognition", George Mason L. Rev., Vol. 6:2, (1998), p. 261.

E. Advocacy of a New Paradigm.

In summary, evaluators/guardians ad litem can be hardworking and conscientious. There are, however, serious problems with the system. Its realities have little resemblance to an orderly determination of truth based on the evidence. It is time to reconsider this paradigm–for the sake of the children.

* * * *

Margaret Dore is a solo practitioner in Seattle. Her practice emphasizes appeals, including those involving the residential placement of children. She is a guardian ad litem for the King County Superior Court (guardianship panel).


1. Cf. RCW 29.09.210, RCW 26.09.220 and RCW 26.12.175(1)(b).

2. Evaluator/guardians ad litem are also are appointed via a guardian ad litem list and the court’s sua sponte ruling.

3. Cf. Margaret K. Dore, The "Friendly Parent" Concept: At Odds With the Parenting Act, published: WSBA, Family Law Section Newsletter, Spring 1999; King County Bar Bulletin, March 1999; and Clark County Bar Association News, June 1999. See also: HB 2406 (1998 legislative session); and SHB 1362 (1999 legislative session).

4. Cf. Lidman and Hollingsworth, The Guardian ad Litem in Child Custody Cases: The Contours of Our Judicial System Stretched Beyond Recognition, George Mason Law Review, Vol. 6:2 (1998), p.279.

5. Lidman and Hollingsworth, The Guardian ad Litem in Child Custody Cases: The Contours of Our Judicial System Stretched Beyond Recognition, George Mason Law Review, Vol. 6:2 (1998), p.279.

6. Cf. Marriage of Luckey, 73 Wn. App. 201, 208, 868 P.2d 189 (1994) ("the use of profile testimony is unfairly prejudicial"); and State v. Carlson, 80 Wn. App. 116, 123 at ¶2, 906 P.2d 999 (1995

[No] witness may give an opinion on another witness’ credibility … An expert opinion [on credibility] will not "assist the trier of fact" … because there is no scientific basis for such an opinion save the polygraph, and the polygraph is not generally accepted as a scientifically reliable technique. (footnotes omitted).

In a seminar attended by this author, this same evaluator stated that a significant percentage of divorcing women, but not men have a "histrionic" personality disorder and that such persons "lie". She elaborated that histrionic women tend to "wear red" and be "the life of the party".

7. Lidman and Hollingsworth, "The Guardian Ad Litem in Child Custody Cases: The Contours of Our Judicial System Stretched Beyond Recognition", George Mason Law Review, Volume 6:2 (1998), p. 279, ¶ 2.

8. Lidman and Hollingsworth, "The Guardian Ad Litem in Child Custody Cases: The Contours of Our Judicial System Stretched Beyond Recognition", George Mason Law Review, Volume 6:2 (1998), p. 279 at ¶4; and Fernando v. Nieswandt, 87 Wn. App. 103, 107 at ¶2, 940 P.2d 1380 (1997).

9. Cf. S v. S, 571 N.W.2d 801, 809 (Neb.App. 1997), overruled on other grounds ("We suggest that the primary function of the guardian ad litem’s report is for the guardian [ad litem] to demonstrate to the judge that [he or she] has performed his or her duty"). The report could also be used for the purpose of a preliminary hearing to determine if trial is necessary.

10. See: Lidman and Hollingsworth, "Rethinking the Roles of Guardians ad Litem in Dissolutions: Have We Been Seeking Magicians," Washington State Bar News, 12/97 (regarding the "contradictory impulses" in Fernando).

11. See: Lidman and Hollingsworth, "The Guardian ad Litem in Child Custody Cases: The Contours of Our Judicial System Stretched Beyond Recognition", George Mason L. Rev., Vol. 6:2, (1998), p. 297 at ¶2; ("[m]ore often, … [t]he judge merely confirms the guardian ad litem’s decision"); and Gilbert v. Gilbert, 664 A.2d 339, 242 at fn. 2 ("judges rely heavily upon the recommendations of guardians [ad litem]").


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