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Daddy, Tell Me A Bedtime Story

Mom instilled a love of music in me at an early age. When I was three years old, she gave me a small record player with a couple of small red plastic disks especially for kids, and a few 78 … Continue reading

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What Courts Can Do About Parental Alienation

Last February I was honored to be invited to Victoria, British Columbia to film segments as a guest on the leading talk show produced in Canada: Family Matters. The show is hosted by Justice Harvey Brownstone who is actually a … Continue reading

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Parenting by the Clock: Is It Time to Replace the Best-Interest-of-the-Child Standard? With What?

At the end of a child custody trial, courts base decisions on the best interest of the child. Critics of this standard regard it as too subjective and have proposed various alternatives such as the primary parent presumption and a … Continue reading

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Divorce Court: Mopping Up the Mess

Most people never have their day in court. They have no need. They commit no crimes. They avoid lawsuits. And they never testify at a trial. Most of us never even serve on a jury, despite being summoned every few … Continue reading

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Alienated Children As Cat’s Paws

In The Monkey and the Cat, an Aesop fable put into verse by 17th century poet Jean de La Fontaine, Betrand the monkey induces Raton the cat to pull roasting chestnuts from the fire, by promising him a share. The … Continue reading

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NY Higher Court Decision on Parental Alienation

MATTER OF BOND v. MacLEOD 2011 NY Slip Op 03153 509360.Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Third Department. Decided April 21, 2011. Based upon the expressed preferences of 13-year-old and 11-year-old children, and the mother ceasing her … Continue reading

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NH Supreme Court on Parental Alienation

In a stunning ruling, of interest to all those concerned with parental alienation, the Supreme Court of New Hampshire overturned a lower court’s award of custody to a mother who was found to be alienating her children from their father.

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Kudos for Pluto

The American Journal of Family Therapy, a peer-review, refereed journal, has published a review of the DVD, Welcome Back, Pluto: Understanding, Preventing, and Overcoming Parental Alienation. The review was co-written by forensic psychologist Dr. S. Richard Sauber, and attorney, David … Continue reading

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What Judges Need to Know in Parental Alienation Cases

The Complex Tapestry of Parent-Child Relations emphasizes that the psychology of alienated children cannot be reduced to a single factor. In some cases, the judge has little doubt that one parent is primarily responsible for the child’s alienation. It may … Continue reading

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State of Plutoverse – 2010

This is the first of what I hope will be an annual column recapping significant professional events of the year. 2010 was unusual in the number of major milestones that occurred. I do not expect to have another banner year … Continue reading

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