Monthly Archives: August 2015
Some thoughts on how the loss of my children due to an unjust family court order has motivated me to fight for family court reform. This post give you a glimpse into my family, and what the loss of my children means for us.
I dropped my youngest child (not involved in this custody dispute) off at preschool, he gave me the biggest hug and said “Love you Mommy… see ‘ya!” then ran off into the classroom. I remember the tight squeeze of my son’s arms wrapped around his neck. The softness of his hair under my chin. How he smells like bubblegum toothpaste and the crisp, wintery air that dusted snowflakes on his coat. I remember the sound of my child’s sneakers slapping across the linoleum floor when he ran into the classroom. And when the day is done, I will pick my child up from school, we will…
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Is “Parental Alienation” a crime?
Yes. In many states, Parental Alienation is not only child abuse, but each act by a parent to alienate the other parent is also considered an act of domestic violence.
For example: In Colorado, according to C.R.S. § 18-6-401(7)(A)(V): “When a person acts knowingly or recklessly and the child abuse results in any injury other than serious bodily injury, it is a class 1 misdemeanor…”; and according to C.R.S. § 18-6-701: “(1) Any person who induces, aids, or encourages a child to violate any federal or state law, municipal or county ordinance, or court order commits contributing to the delinquency of a minor. For the purposes of this section, the term “child” means any person under the age of eighteen years. (2) Contributing to the delinquency of a minor is a class 4 felony.”
And according to C.R.S. § 18-6-800.3: “(1) “Domestic violence” means an act or threatened act of violence upon a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship. “Domestic violence” also includes any other crime against a person, or against property, including an animal, or any municipal ordinance violation against a person, or against property, including an animal, when used as a method of coercion, control, punishment, intimidation, or revenge directed against a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship.”
In Colorado, there are likely thousands of children who are victims of this form of child abuse, thousands of parents who victims of this form of domestic violence, and thousands of victims who have been deprived of their right to investigations by CPS and local law enforcement, their right to prosecution of the alienators to the fullest extent of the law, and their right to money damages for their injuries.
In this post, I’m speaking to mental health professionals.
There are three categories of mental health professionals who might be involved in diagnosing and treating the pathology of attachment-based “parental alienation”
New and Learning: If you are new to this domain of sub-specialty practice, welcome. Read Bowlby, Beck, Millon, Minuchin. Read and read and read. Foundationswill help. If you need a consult, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Not New and Learning: If you have been working in this sub-specialty area and have been struggling with diagnosing and treating the pathology of “parental alienation,” and you are seeking more information to learn and grow; welcome. Read Bowlby, Beck, Millon, Minuchin. Read and read and read. Foundations will help. If you need a consult, my email is email@example.com
Ignorant and Entrenched: If you have been working within this sub-specialty area and have no idea what you’re doing, and yet you…
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