Child Custody

Press Release: Hawaii Please Support the Safe Child Act

From NOMAS, the National Organization for Men Against Sexism, Child Custody Task Force and its Chair, Barry Goldstein. There is an important piece of legislation in the Hawaiian State House: HB 697, the Safe Child Act, is sponsored by Vice Speaker Mizuno [HB 697 analysis]. This bill is currently in the Human Services (HUS) and Judiciary (JDL) Committees. The Safe Child Act is the

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Why Family Courts Cannot Protect Children: ACE vs. PAS

Why Family Courts Cannot Protect Children: ACE vs. PAS By Barry Goldstein, NOMAS Task Group on Child Custody. The ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Studies are medical research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that can be used to reduce cancer, heart disease, diabetes, mental illness, crime, substance abuse, suicide and many other horrible health and social problems.  Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) is

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Stop Legalizing Incest: The Failure of the Court System to Protect Children

Stop Legalizing Incest By Barry Goldstein, NOMAS Task Group on Child Custody. District Attorney Bill Delahunt put together a group of best practices from the late-1970s to the mid-1990s that dramatically reduced domestic violence, particularly homicides.  Bill understood that incest was far more common than most people realized and included a special office to respond to this heinous crime.  The successful practices became known

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The Safe Child Act: The Best Interests of a Child in a Rational World

The Best Interests of a Child in a Rational World Barry Goldstein, NOMAS Task Group on Child Custody. IT IS THE POLICY OF THIS STATE THAT PROVIDING A SAFE, HEALTHY, STABLE AND NON-VIOLENT ENVIRONMENT FOR THE CHILD SHALL BE THE COURT’S PARAMOUNT CONSIDERATION. As far as I know, the above language is not the law, nor the standard practice of custody courts in any

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What Does Domestic Violence Have to do with Shared Parenting?

What Does Domestic Violence Have to do with Shared Parenting? Barry Goldstein, NOMAS Task Group on Child Custody. Domestic violence became a public issue at a time when virtually no scientific research was available.  This led to the implementation of many practices that are harmful and biased against direct victims and their children.  Today we have a specialized body of scientific research which includes

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Parental Alienation Syndrome: The Hoax that Hurts Children

Parental Alienation Syndrome: The Hoax that Hurts Children Barry Goldstein, NOMAS Task Group on Child Custody Richard Gardner did not rely on any research to concoct his theory of Parental Alienation Syndrome.  Instead it came from his personal experiences, beliefs and biases.  His outrageous bias is demonstrated by many public statements to the effect that sex between adults and children can be acceptable.[1]  Here

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Practices that Risk Children Baked into Court Procedures: 20 Routine Practices that Endanger Children

Practices that Risk Children Baked into Court Procedures: 20 Routine Practices that Endanger Children Barry Goldstein, NOMAS Child Custody Task Group Protective mothers are angry that custody courts so often place their children in danger.  Many believe that only corruption can explain the frequency of risky decisions.  At the same time no judge wants to hurt children leading the judicial establishment to respond defensively

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What is Fair for Children of Abusive Men?

by Jack C. Straton, Ph.D.   I want to express my deep gratitude to Ellen Pence, Madeline Dupre, Jim Soderberg and the others from the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project for giving me this opportunity to speak with you. The State of Minnesota should be proud that, quite literally, the world looks to this program for guidance on understanding and ending domestic violence. I

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How Stopping Abuse Saves Billions

The Quincy Solution Provides Enormous Benefits to Businesses By Barry Goldstein   The business community took an active role in the discussion and politics of the Affordable Care Act.  They did so because of the potential for the law to have huge financial implications for their businesses.  The same business leaders essentially sat out the debate over renewal of the Violence Against Women Act

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Serious Health Consequences to Children Witnessing Domestic Violence

by Barry Goldstein New Research Requires Changes in Custody Court Practices Starting with the ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study in 1998 medical researchers have established the enormous and long term harm to children from being exposed to traumatic events such as witnessing domestic violence and direct physical or sexual abuse.  The research establishes that there is a cumulative adversity so that the more exposure

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