In the late 1980s, a new phrase started to pop up in American and then Canadian family courts: parental alienation syndrome (PAS). Originally coined by American psychiatrist Richard Gardner, the term was used to describe situations where one parent intentionally Continue reading Alienating children or protecting them?
When Tina Turner belted out “What’s love got to do with it?” in 1984, she had left her relationship with the abusive Ike Turner behind her. However, reports of their divorce indicate she also left behind much of her financial Continue reading What’s law got to do with it?
Those of us who have been advocates and activists on the issue of custody and access in cases involving violence against women always perk up our ears when we hear the name of Senator Anne Cools. Ms Cools was closely Continue reading Presumptions have no place in family law
Excerpts from my keynote address at the Diverse Voices Conference, Edmonton, Canada, November 17, 201. You can find the full address elsewhere on this website. A family court system premised on “friendly parenting” that does not understand the prevalence of Continue reading Shared parenting vs the safety of women and children