a few (short) points to Dr Childress

Karen Woodall

I have just read Dr Childress’s second response to my critique of Foundations.

I only really have three things to say to in response.

1. I do not consider myself a Gardenarian and do not really know what that means.

2. Hybrid cases are not the same as pure and it is disengenous to suggest that hybrid cases do not exist because they do.

3. I have never said, here or anywhere else that children living with pure alienators should be left with them.  In those circumstances we fight hard to have the child removed. It is a wholly wrong assertion by Dr Childress to suggest otherwise.

And that’s it.  I am still not fighting with him, I still stand by everything I said, I still do not believe that he has THE answer and I still believe that in the UK his approach is risky and that taking up…

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What are my rights as a parent?

Parental Alienation

Children, parents and the law

What are my rights as a parent?

Rather than considering the ‘rights’ of parents, family law talks of ‘parental responsibility’ for a child. A mother always has parental responsibility for her child. A father has parental responsibility for his child if:

  • he is married to the child’s mother when the child is born
  • he marries the child’s mother
  • his child was born after 1 December 2003 and he is named on the birth certificate when the child’s birth is registered
  • his child’s birth was registered before 1 December 2003 and he was not named on the birth certificate but the birth is re-registered to include his name with the mother’s consent
  • he has a parental responsibility agreement with the mother
  • he has a parental responsibility order from the court
  • he has a residence order from the court
  • he becomes the child’s guardian

More about…

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Helping parents to help children

Parental Alienation

One of the hardest parts of divorce is that life changes.
No matter what you may think about divorce.
No matter what you may feel about divorce.
No matter what your situation or experience, life will change for you and your children.

How it changes is up to you.
Divorce doesn’t end a family, it changes it. Don’t let the quality of your life or the lives of your children become  overshadowed by divorce. Instead of focusing on all the things you can’t change, learn how to take control of what you can change.
If you are:

  • Worried about how divorce will effect your children
  • Struggling with a difficult Ex and don’t know where to turn
  • Feeling overwhelmed or unprepared for what lies ahead
  • Unsure if you’re making the right choices for your kids
  • Looking for a light at the end of the tunnel


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Parental ‘brainwashing’ On The Rise

Parental Alienation

Bitter, dramatic break-ups seem to hold a fascination for those who both write and read the newspapers.

Even those who are not devotees of the gossip columns or the law reports can often find themselves drawn to coverage of relationships which fall apart in spectacular fashion.

However, as strange as it may seem for a Family lawyer to say, such instances are thankfully the exceptions and not the rule.

Yes, divorce may be on the increase once more (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/sex/divorce/8942912/Divorces-rise-for-first-time-since-2003.html) but couples who separate, whether married or not, often do so in an amicable manner.

As Abba once sang, “breaking up is never easy” but those who succeed in ending relationships without rancour appear to find the entire process less traumatic than those who contest every single detail.

Emotional restraint is even more important where there are children involved. According to Resolution, the body which represents family lawyers across England and…

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Karen Woodall – Therapist and blogger on all things related to families and family separation

Parental Alienation

here is a popular notion that after separation dads are either absent or angry and that their presence in family life is not necessarily an essential part of what a child needs. From the changing of the divorce laws in 1973 to the current day, several generations of dads have found themselves disposed of after family separation. An outcome which is nothing less than brutal for those so affected and which is, in these days of modern men and masculinities, so ridiculously outdated that it can sometimes feel as if we are living in a bygone era, where children and their fathers were on head patting terms before bed but nothing more.

I work in the field of family separation and I meet disposable dads every day. These men, who appear at times to me to be nothing more than the ghostly imprint of what a father is, are suffering…

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Thai general among human trafficking suspects in court

Peace and Freedom


PHOTO: Lieutenant General Manus Kongpan (centre), suspected of involvement in human trafficking, arrives at a criminal court in Bangkok. (AFP: Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)

Dozens of people arrested in Thailand’s human trafficking crackdown, including a senior general, have appeared in court, days after the police officer in charge of the investigation tendered his resignation saying he feared for his life.

A panel of seven judges detailed the charges against the group of suspects on Tuesday, some of whom spoke Rohingya and Malay dialects, as well as Thai.

One judge said all 88 defendants were accused of trafficking victims between January 2011 and May 2015.

“All 88 defendants together let victims starve, denied health treatments for sick victims and hid bodies on the mountain (camps) where they died,” she said.

Among those who appeared at the procedural hearing in court was senior army general Manas Kongpan who was charged with being a…

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