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Jun 06, 2011

parenting support groupBy Jennifer Knudtson

Board Member, Children’s Rights Council of Illinois

My journey with support groups started shortly after I married, when I joined one for stepmoms.

The reassurance I felt from having other faces in the room, all nodding in agreement while I spoke about our blended family issues, was immeasurable. 

My husband David's divorce and child custody case was highly contentious and went to trial.

As I watched my husband's case unfold in the family law court system, my eyes were opened to the many opportunities for reform including the "winner take all" mentality that subverts the children's needs to that of the parents. 


Jun 03, 2011

Craig Schelske Sara Evans divorceCraig Schelske has been fighting to have increased parenting time with his children with his ex-wife, country music star and "Dancing With The Stars" contestant Sara Evans.

This contentious divorce and child custody battle has all taken place in the public eye and even recently resulted in Evans' attorney settling a slander lawsuit Schelske had filed against him and issuing a letter of apology to Schelske for his actions in this case.

Unfortunately, Schelske has become what every dad going through divorce fears, an "every other weekend" visitation dad marginalized by the family court system.

He talked with DadsDivorce.com editor Matt Allen about his divorce being played out in the media, parental alienation, and the injustices he encountered as a father fighting for custody in a biased family law system.

 


May 20, 2011

David Goldman custodyShortly after waving goodbye to his wife and son at a New Jersey airport in 2004, David Goldman was thrust into the worldwide media spotlight as he waged a 5-year long, and ultimately successful, international custody battle to be reunited with his son, Sean.

Goldman's then-wife was taking their son to Brazil for a brief vacation, but she refused to return from Brazil starting a complex custody and abduction battle that took five years until David was reunited with Sean. The case drew the attention of the international media, as well as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Goldman has written about the experience in his book called "A Father’s Love," which is available at bookstores and online retailers nationwide.

In a discussion with DadsDivorce.com editor Matt Allen, Goldman shared the emotional toll of the abduction, how he's had to overcome parental alienation, and why dads everywhere should read "A Father's Love."

You can learn much more about David and Sean's story by visiting the website BringSeanHome.org.

 


Apr 29, 2011

By Robert Ferrer

Archivist and Principle Researcher, University of Illinois

parental alienation conferenceAs I mentioned in my previous column about Parental Alienation Awareness Month, Parental Alienation Syndrome is currently under consideration to be included as either a "mental disorder" or a "relational problem" in the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, also known as DSM-5.

The inclusion would go a long way toward creating awareness and helping children and families affected by this disorder. (Read "10 Facts About Parental Alienation.")

DSM-5 is published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and provides a common language and standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders. The DSM-5 is scheduled for release in 2013. 

I would make three recommendations once PAS is included in the DSM-5:


Apr 22, 2011

parental alienation awarenessApril is Parental Alienation Awareness Month and Monday, April 25, is the sixth annual Parental Alienation Awareness Day designed to spread the word about this form of child abuse.

One of those leading the efforts is Jill Egizii, who is an author and also the president of the Parental Alienation Awareness Organization.

She shared with DadsDivorce.com editor Matt Allen details about the awareness day and what is currently being done to address this issue.

You can learn more about Egizii and her organization by visiting the Parental Alienation Awareness Organization website.

Click the link for the full audio version of the podcast on parental alienation.

 


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