Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
Go to subsection on Child Abuse and Domestic Violence in FAMILY LAW
Education and Children’s Intellectual Development
Also see READING AND RESEARCH ROOMS
FAMILY LAW ISSUES
LIZNOTES TABLE OF CONTENTS
Alimony and Child Support
Child Abuse and Domestic Violence; Stalking
Child Custody; Joint Custody; Shared Parenting; Time-share
Collaborative Law; Cooperative Law; Mediation
GALs; Parenting Coordinators; Custody Evaluators; Supervised Visitation
OUTRAGES, Family Court Issues; Activism; Corruption; Justice’s Posterous
Father’s Rights Movement
Mother’s Rights: Maternity, Paternity, and Pregnancy Issues
Parental Alienation Syndrome; Hostile-aggressive Parenting; Enmeshment
Psychology in Family Court; Forensic Psychology; Therapeutic Jurisprudence
Relocation; Post-divorce Move-aways
Research MYTHS AND FACTS fatherhood, motherhood, children’s best Interests
Note: this website contains information, research, scholarship, and arguments pertaining to public policy and legal issues. Much of it was gathered by attorney and academic work groups in different jurisdictions. It is not intended to reflect the specifics of actual laws, substantive or procedural, currently in force in any jurisdiction. The information is intended for use by scholars, lawyers, and activists, and is not presented as legal advice.
Alimony and Child Support
Support and property issues are deeply interrelated with other family law and women’s employment and equality issues, including maternity, fathers’ rights and child custody, so be sure to review these other sections for relevant information. Also see subsection on Mother’s Rights, Pregnancy in FAMILY LAW
Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
Domestic violence and abuse issues are integrated with the issues of child custody, parental alienation theory, father’s rights, and therapeutic jurisprudence (the influx of psychology into the family court system), etc., so check those sections too. NOTE: The LIZNOTES index page contains links to recommended off-site locations as well as the on-site articles.
Child Custody; joint custody; shared parenting; time-share
Child custody issues are interconnected with issues of maternity and pregnancy, primary caregiving, parental alienation, child development (education and attachment issues), father’s rights, and other family law issues, as well as to issues involving forensic psychologists, guardians ad litem (GALs) and other mental health professionals in the family court system, so check related sections, including those on psychology for other relevant articles. NOTE: The LIZNOTES index page contains links to recommended off-site locations as well as the on-site articles.
Collaborative Law; Cooperative Law; Voluntary Mediation; etc.
This category includes the various forms of ADR that involve client-controlled negotiated alternate dispute resolution in the family court system. Also see section on PSYCHOLOGY
Guardians ad Litem; Parenting Coordinators; Custody Evaluators, etc.
This category includes the various forms of so-called ADR (alternate dispute resolution) practitioners, such as GALs, parenting coordinators, parenting evaluators, forensic psychologists, recommending mediators, special masters, court-ordered therapists, other court-appointed mental health professionals, supervised visitation centers, and other profiteers of “therapeutic jurisprudence”, whose methods involve — in non-criminal cases — intrusion and coercion under the threat of court sanctions, and actual or de facto extra-judicial decision-making. This website heavily criticizes all of these practices, which have multiple things wrong with them, not the least of which is denigration of due process, and the diminution of a publicly observable, regulated, and appealable “rule by law” by substituting the caprice of men and women. These practices have been promoted as “cures” for ailings of the court system and the litigants in it by self-serving persons who apparently are ignorant, or else just do not care about the harms they cause to children and their parents because they make money from the ideas they promote, churning profit in proceedings that fly in the face of the foundations of our justice system. The bulk of these materials are listed in the section on PSYCHOLOGY. Also see the sections on the specific substantive issues, such as child development or parental alienation.
Mother’s Rights: Maternity, Paternity and Pregnancy Issues
Pregnancy and maternity/maternity issues are integrated with the issues of child custody, property and support issues rights, parental alienation defense theory used to counter allegations of abuse and otherwise discredit women’s testimony and childcare histories, child development (education and attachment issues), father’s rights, and other family law issues, so check related sections for other relevant articles. NOTE: The LIZNOTES index page contains links to recommended off-site locations as well as the on-site articles. Also see subsection on Attachment and Bonding in CHILD DEVELOPMENT, and Alimony in FAMILY LAW. For history of mothers’ rights, see THE WOMEN’S LIBRARY.
with Staying Alive: Evolution, culture by Anne Campbell SCHOLAR
Parental Alienation; hostile-aggressive parenting; enmeshment
NOTE: The LIZNOTES index page contains links to recommended off-site locations as well as the on-site articles. Also see Section on PSYCHOLOGY, because the entertaining of alienation theory (by whatever name **) has become integral to the plying of the therapeutic jurisprudence trades in the family courts. It is a primary creator of the relationship engineering industries, and spawns work for “experts” opining pro and con, as well as GALs, supervised visitation centers, court-ordered therapists, custody evaluators, parenting coordinators, and all of their respective lawyers. [** hostile-aggressive parenting, enmeshment, intrusive parenting, intractable hostilities, high conflict, etc.]
with complete text of Malicious Mother Syndrome by Ira Turkat RESEARCH
Psychology in the Family Court; Forensic; Therapeutic Jurisprudence
See comments under Guardians ad Litem, and then go to section on PSYCHOLOGY. Also see the sections on the specific substantive issues, such as child development or parental alienation.
Relocation; Post-divorce Move-aways
Post-divorce relocation issues are interconnected with issues of maternity and pregnancy, primary caregiving, economics, parental alienation, child development (education and attachment issues), father’s rights, and other family law issues, as well as to issues involving forensic psychologists, guardians ad litem (GALs) and other mental health professionals in the family court system, so check related sections, including those on psychology for other relevant articles. NOTE: The LIZNOTES index page contains links to recommended off-site locations as well as the on-site Articles.
Research “Myths and Facts” pages
These pages, and the pages on custody evaluation and the joint custody, contain literally thousands of research citations. The sociological and psychological research on families and child well-being impacts public policy and the issues of child custody in family law. The research frequently is misrepresented, and mis-cited by mental health professionals, lawyers, forensic psychologists and others, as well as interest groups lobbying for laws. The “facts” on the research myths and facts pages refer to the “fact” of the actual research findings. Often what is cited instead is the quot;spin” or speculation in researchers’ writeups. These pages are presented as a commentary on the flimsy rationales (of record) given for much of current public policy. Also review the other sections pertaining to the issues impacted by the research, such as child custody, parental alienation theory, and other family law issues, as well as the section on therapeutic jurisprudence, which in the family courts is economic opportunism (not science) under the pretext that engineering family affectional relationships is within the ability of mental health “science” to accomplish (this is misrepresentation), and moreover, that it is an appropriate goal of the government and court system using the specious rationale that these interventions are necessary or helpful for children’s wellbeing (while ignoring the many iatrogenic effects on both families and the over-burdened courts).Also see subsection on Child Custody in FAMILY LAW
This paper is used as a teaching illustration of how to do critical reading, and of how the research is distorted and misrepresented in the sociology and psychology literature. It is a line-by-line analysis of propaganda techniques, logic errors, and outright fraud. The Lamb and Kelly article is presented in its entirety, interlineated with discussion and commentary, as well as annotations. The widely-cited paper, Using Child Development Research to Make Appropriate Custody and Access Decisions for Young Children (2000), is an example of pseudo-science posing as objective scholarship by “researchers” or “scientists”.But it’s a political position paper advocating (without sound basis for doing so), for joint custody for babies and very young children.
These are transcripts from “A Fatherless Minute” series sponsored by The Liz Library for The Justice Hour radio show on WPBR 1340 AM. The term “fatherless” (“fatherlessness”) is used in this series as it is in current research and policy rhetoric by the U.S. federal government, DHHS and the National Fatherhood Initiative, most U.S. states in connection with child custody law and policy, and various family values and fatherhood interest policy and lobbying groups. (For the research, see the subsections Research Myths and Facts and Child Custody, as well as the section on FAMILY LAW generally.)
Forensic Psychology; Guardians ad Litem; Therapeutic Jurisprudence
The sociological and psychological research on families and child well-being impacts public policy and the issues of child custody in family law. The research frequently is misrepresented, and mis-cited by mental health professionals, lawyers, forensic psychologists and others, as well as interest groups lobbying for laws. Also review the sections pertaining to the issues impacted by the “therapeutic jurisprudence”, such as child custody, parental alienation theory, research pertaining to child development, the subsection for research Myths and Facts in FAMILY LAW, and other family law issues. Also see the subsection on Child Custody in FAMILY LAW. The Therapeutic Jurisprudence index page contains links to recommended off-site locations as well as the on-site articles
This section of the website contains current public material from on-going research being conducted around the United States and in Canada by various scholars and organizations who are sharing findings, as well as links to articles and off-site locations on the issue of the harmful use of psychology and psychological theories in the family court systems. Therapeutic jurisprudence in the family courts, i.e. a “mental health approach to the law” substitutes the opinions of mental health practitioners for traditional evidence and decision-making procedures. Because these persons actually do not have any kind of “expertise” to opine this way, what originally was thought to be a helpful idea (in this medicalized and psychologized world) has become merely economic opportunism, harming not only the litigants and children in the system as well as the court system itself, but also perverting substantive and procedural law. It is not science, but compensated yenta-ism that has permeated the courts under the pretexts that engineering family affectional relationships is within the ability of mental health “science” practitioners to accomplish, and that this is an appropriate goal of the government, court system, and state police power because children “need” something it has to offer. See additional comments on this index page here. If you are interested in activism, helping with research in your state, or contributing articles or materials on “therapeutic jurisprudence” contact email@example.com
This is a collection of on-site and great offsite links reading for pleasure and education, including complete on-line works of fiction and nonfiction. Send recommendations for additional listings to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also see: the inspirational:
Research Room – Reference materials
Index: Research Rooms
Links page. General reference materials such as calculators, calendars, measures, dictionaries, translators, directories, and similar material; quick links to legal research websites. To be on this page, it has to be outstanding. Send suggestions to email@example.com.
“…He has so framed the laws of divorce, as to what shall be the proper causes, and in case of separation, to whom the guardianship of the children shall be given, as to be wholly regardless of the happiness of women — the law, in all cases, going upon a false supposition of the supremacy of man and giving all power into his hands.” — Declaration of Sentiments, 1848
Brett’s Carrel: Women and Religion
Woman Suffrage in the United States
WOMEN’S HISTORY LIBRARY – annotated source documents
Women’s History – Featured Articles
Women of Achievement History Lessons
Women’s History Month
Catt’s Claws Political Newsletter archives 1995-2001
GenderGappers Newsletter archives 1997-2008 [current blog]
Brett’s Carrel: Women and Religion
This section includes bits and snippets of information relevant to religion and women, both on-site, and recommended off-site links. Atheism is the primary focus, because, among other things, it represents the ultimate rejection of the demands of religious teachings and moral traditions, most of which are based on a quasi-governmental purpose that includes control of the population. Such control manifests not only in moral teachings and exortations (supplementing the sovereign laws), but also in the religion’s rituals, concepts about family, and restrictions on the education and sexual behavior of women (mostly), as well as dictates of appropriate child-rearing practices. At times religion has become extreme in the measures used in defense of its own perpetuation, e.g. the Witch Craze of the Middle Ages, or the religious Jihad or puninitve Sharia laws of today. At other times religion functions, either as the government or with the landed government, in more subtle but just as powerful, ways. Those who wish to control the population (the sovereign, the religious leaders, or those otherwise in positions or power and privilege) seek to control women in ways differently from men because women control reproduction, the greatest societal resource, and — in the absence of such control over women — women would control their offspring. (These lessons are throughout the Old Testament, e.g. King Solomon.) In a patriarchal culture, not controlling mothers — in large part accomplished by and through religion and its moral teachings (e.g. submission to marriage in husband-headed families) — could conceivably result in the overthrow the power structure within a generation or two. By contrast, war, patriotic rhetoric and military service historically control the sovereign’s male population. Loyalty in that service to the sovereign — typically barred to women — is rewarded for those who survive with property, ownership power over family members and servants, and often some measure of citizenship participation. This in turn is how the sovereign subdues, orders and controls its armies and labor force, the potentially dangerous and rebellious male population. (In more recent times, psychology, drugs, pornography — woman ownership — and consumerism substitute in part for traditional patriarchal religion in keeping the labor force subdued and beholden to the company store.) Also see The Women’s Bible in Women’s History Library
Woman Suffrage in the United States; Woman Suffrage Timeline
The timeline in this section includes the little known — and usually omitted — dates when women first LOST their voting rights in the United States following the Declaration of Independence. Previously, voting rights were based on land ownership, not sex, and while most women suffered a chattel-like status as minors or wives under control of fathers, guardians, and husbands (thus not owning land or exercising full citizenship rights) some unmarried women heirs and widows without sons were able to vote and contract because they did not have these “protectors”. See the precedent: Elizabeth I’s “I Have the Heart of a King” speech. Also see other Women’s History Library documents.
Women’s History Library of Source Documents
In this section, the documents are arranged in both chronological order, so that they can be read straight through in the manner of a history lesson, as well as by author for ease of reference. Also see the subsection on Woman Suffrage.
More materials similar to those for Women’s History Month (below), but for every day. These materials formerly were housed at Irene Stuber’s undelete.org. The “calendar” is based on the 900+ episodes of Women of Achievement and Herstory that Irene Stuber emailed to her subscribers 1992-2002. There are tens of thousands of items of biographical information, trivia, interesting stories, and commentary. Biographies and “herstory” data presented through 365 daily calendar episodes plus leap year, and several supplementary items.
Index: Women’s History Month (March)
Thirty-one Women of Achievement history lessons in chronological order for March (Women’s History Month), including stories, commentary and trivia. Some highlights: Abigail Adams, history of Women’s History Month, astronaut Jerrie Cobb, Janet Guthrie, Nicole-Barbe Clicquot, Queen Boadicea of Iceni, U.S. Supreme Court case Reed v. Reed, women marathon runners, Maya Ling Lin and the Viet Nam memorial, the real story of axe murderess Lizzie Bordon, UN Status of Women subcommission, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, fire at Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, geneticist Barbara McClintock, Mary Wollstonecraft, Sappho, Hypatia, and the Witch of Agnesi, Marie Iowa, astronaut Eileen Collins, Mormonism and women, Amazons, and more.
Catt’s Claws Newsletter (archival collection)
Index: Catt’s Claws 1995-2001
Archives of Irene Stuber’s wildly popular email newsletter. “Women were not hearing about what was happening to their sisters. They were not hearing of their agonies, their victories, their determination – and what was affecting their health, woman-to-woman. And so in January, 1995, Catt’s Claws was born — a feminist newsletter written by Irene Stuber which attempts in some small way to spread the news of what is happening to women in the U.S. and the world.”
GenderGappers Newsletter (archival collection)
Index: GenderGappers 1997-2008 current blog
Archives of Ruth Sprague’s GenderGappers newsletter, now available via blog. “Many women, faced with the results of their decision not to vote in 1994, i.e. a mean-spirited, anti-woman congressional majority, made history and demonstrated their empowerment in 1996 by creating the largest gender-gap ever. To some of us, this was a revelation of the power we have but seldom use. To our detractors, it was just another reason why women should never have been allowed to vote…”
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