18 April 2014

Sacramento Family Law Court Parents Hold State Capitol Candlelight Vigil for International Parental Alienation Awareness Day

Family Court Reform Advocates Hold Candlelight Vigil for International Parental Alienation Awareness Day 

A coalition of family court reform groups on April 25 will hold a candlelight vigil at the California State Capitol for International Parental Alienation Awareness Day. According to Wikipedia:
"Parental alienation is a social dynamic where one parent sabotages the relationship of the other parent with the child - sometimes euphemistically called 'aggressive parenting', generally occurring after divorce or separation. This happens physically by boycotting or 'hijacking' any contact between them, but also psychologically by bullying the other parent away and by brainwashing the child. This will lead up to a situation where ultimately the child itself expresses unjustified hatred or unreasonably strong dislike of one parent, making access by the rejected parent even more difficult or impossible. The alienating parent can now hide very well that he/she was solely responsible for this destruction of the relationship with the other parent, and the crime is complete: the child has lost a parent and grandparents. To the child, this siding with the perpetrator feels like the only option to avert the loss of the second parent too. Characteristics with the child, such as lack of empathy and warmth between the rejected parent and child are other indicators."
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Parents who engage in parental alienation can be subject to family court penalties and civil court liability. An assistant professor at Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans has proposed a new parental alienation tort called "inappropriate parental influence." Parents in several ongoing Sacramento Family Court child custody disputes, including the Ferris, Saunders-Berger and Rapton-Karres cases allege that textbook parental alienation tactics are being used by the other parent without consequences, and with the acquiescence of family court judges for the clients of attorneys who also serve as temporary judges in the same court. The vigil is sponsored by Fathers4Justice, Families4Justice and the Justice Reform Coalition.

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