Child Custody

NOMAS Child Custody Task Group Initiative Introduction

NOMAS Child Custody Task Group Initiative Introduction The crisis in the custody court system in its response to domestic violence and child abuse has long been a high priority for NOMAS.  The worst abusive fathers, male supremacist groups and the cottage industry that makes large incomes supporting abusers have been successful in manipulating the courts.  […]

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Alienation Distraction Tactics in Child Custody Cases

Alienation Distraction Tactics in Child Custody Cases Barry Goldstein There is a pattern in most domestic violence custody cases that would help courts understand child custody disputes better and avoid mistakes that place children in jeopardy. In most cases, during the relationship the father wanted or demanded the mother provide most of the child care. […]

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Custody Courts Assume Protective Mothers Are Just Being Vindictive

Custody Courts Assume Protective Mothers Are Just Being Vindictive Barry Goldstein A recent news item showed a mother attacking a mountain lion who snatched her child. The mother mentioned was not alienating her child from the mountain lion. The mother’s only concern, like most mothers in contested custody cases is to protect her children. Court […]

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Judges Unaware of Custody Court Crisis

Judges Unaware of Custody Court Crisis Barry Goldstrin Courts cannot save children if they are unaware that standard court practices routinely place children in jeopardy. Researchers, experts in domestic violence and child sexual abuse and people who can count fatalities know custody courts are getting a high percentage of abuse cases tragically wrong. Unfortunately, judges, […]

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Family Court “High Conflict” Divorce Approaches Are Sexist and Gender Biased

High Conflict Divorce Approaches Are Sexist and Gender Biased Barry Goldstein Family courts routinely use the “high conflict” approach that is based on the stereotypes of the vindictive woman and the nagging wife. This approach encourages courts to assume that protective mothers report the fathers’ abuse out of anger at their partner rather than to […]

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Don’t Confuse Domestic Violence with “He-Said-She-Said”

Don’t Confuse Domestic Violence with “He-Said-She-Said Barry Goldstein Judges, lawyers and evaluators often minimize or dismiss domestic violence (DV) by referring to the dispute as “he-said-she-said.” This flawed approach simply means that the professional does not have the necessary training to seek and recognize evidence that would explain the true nature of the case. Most […]

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Family Court is Broken and Must be Fixed

Family Court is Broken and Must be Fixed Barry Goldstein Many protective mothers believe that corruption is the reason family courts are so tilted in favor of abusive fathers and create such harmful decisions. This belief is widespread because so many of the courts’ actions and practices seem so unreasonable and catastrophic that it is […]

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12 Reasons Family Courts Continue to Destroy Children’s Lives

12 Reasons Family Courts Continue to Destroy Children’s Lives Barry Goldstein Why Don’t Family Courts Fix Dangerous Practices? The research is now clear that Family Courts get most domestic violence custody cases wrong and often dangerously wrong. The proof of this alarming circumstance is readily available. This article explains many factors that cause courts to […]

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Do Women Have a Right to Leave Their Abusers? When Family Courts Protect “Men’s Rights”

Do Women Have a Right to Leave Their Abusers? Barry Goldstein Jennifer Schlecht is one of the most recent women to be denied what should be a fundamental right. Jennifer’s husband like many abusers believed she did not have this right. When the courts and law enforcement do not guard this right, as a practical […]

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Domestic Violence Is a Gendered Crime

Domestic Violence Is a Gendered Crime Barry Goldstein For many years, battered women and domestic violence advocates have said Domestic Violence (DV) is a gendered crime, but they were not listened to because they usually had no advanced degree; they were mostly women; and there was no research to confirm their experience. Professionals wanted to […]

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