Archive for February 16th, 2013

Divorced dads ask lawmakers to pass custody bill

Posted on February 16, 2013. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation, Parental Alienation Syndrome | Tags: , , , |

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Omaha resident Gary Owens pounded the table and raised his voice Wednesday as he testified before Nebraska lawmakers, demanding they pass two bills that could allow him to spend more time with his son.

A coalition of fathers, doctors and family-law attorneys is asking lawmakers to change a Nebraska parental custody law that they view as unfair to men.

The Legislature’s Judiciary Committee had to open an overflow room to accommodate the advocates who testified in support for two parental custody bills.

“Men should have a right to have custody of their children just as much as their mothers,” Owens said.

Sen. Russ Karpisek of Wilber introduced the first measure that would create a legal presumption that both parents are entitled to at least 45 percent of the total parenting time. If the parents disagree on this, one parent would have to prove with a preponderance of evidence that parenting time should shift in favor of one parent. He said studies show children who spend less than 35 percent of their time with a parent have diminished physical and mental health.

The legislation is modeled after a measure recently passed in Minnesota but later vetoed by the governor. The bill would have increased the amount of time each parent gets with a child from 25 percent to 35 percent.

Karpisek grew up in a divorced family and is a recently divorced parent. He said he and his wife share parenting time and that his children are doing well because of it.

The second bill, introduced by Kearney Sen. Galen Hadley, would change provisions of the Parenting Act to say it is in the best interest of the child to have substantial parenting time with both parents, and that both parents should be equally involved in making decisions involving the child. This bill is modeled after Arizona legislation that went into effect this year. Ten states have provisions that say joint custody is in the best interest of the child.

“The time has passed when the sex of the parent is the determining factor,” Hadley said.

However, a legal group for Nebraskans, attorneys and advocated for domestic violence victims opposed the bills, saying they would create more family fighting, reduce child support most mothers receive and could reduce public benefits for poor households. Advocates for domestic violence victims worried women in such situations would have a harder time protecting themselves and their children.

Sen. Colby Coash of Lincoln worried about the impact Karpisek’s bill would have on child support payments. Karpisek said he didn’t introduce the bill to help dads get out of paying child support.

Hasting family law attorney Chris Johnson said judges would take into account the number of days the child spends with each parent and the parents’ income to decide who should pay child support and how much should be paid.

“I don’t care about the child support,” Owens said. “Take all my money. I don’t care. I want my son.”

Omaha 13-year-old Sydney Morehouse asked the lawmakers Wednesday to pass the bills that would help her spend more time with her dad. Before the hearing, she burst into tears when she talked about how hard it is to only get to see her dad every other weekend and Wednesday nights. She hates shuffling between two households and not feeling settled at her dad’s house.

Her dad, Curt Morehouse, said he has been fighting to get more time with her since she was a baby. He also heads a father’s rights group to help divorced dads gain more time with their children.

“I’m not a bad person,” he said. “There’s no reason I shouldn’t be able to see her more.”


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Hostile Parenting Symposium with Linda Gottlieb and Brian Ludmer

Posted on February 16, 2013. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation, Divorce, Parental Alienation Syndrome | Tags: , , , |

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Parental alienation group gets proclamation from Governor

Posted on February 16, 2013. Filed under: Parental Alienation Syndrome, Uplifting Stories | Tags: , , , |

Shonti Tager

A statewide group working to reform family law is laying down roots in Central Georgia while making moves at the State Capitol. The group, called The Georgia Parental Alienation Awareness Organization secured a proclamation from Governor Nathan Deal on Thursday.

Parental alienation is an issue that’s just beginning to gain awareness according to members of the group. It’s when one parent gets custody of a child, and through negative comments and characterizations, the child begins to form unjustified hatred and a strong dislike for their mothers or fathers. Parental alienation can make a rejected parent’s access to their children difficult and sometimes even impossible.

“It makes me very sad, it makes me mad,” said Brenda McIntyre, a Centerville woman, who is leading the charge for parental alienation awareness in Central Georgia.

The only times McIntyre regularly sees her two kids is shuffling through old photos. The self-proclaimed victim of parental alienation says after her divorce eight years ago her ex-husband began funneling his dislike for her through the couples then 5-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter.

McIntyre says she was characterized as a lunatic. She was arrested twice. Once for trespassing as she tried to pick her children up from her ex-husbands home, and another time for making harassing phone calls, trying to contact her children. In both instances the charges were dropped because McIntyre says she was just exercising her custodial rights.

“It’s ridiculous,” McIntyre said.

Searching for support … McIntyre eventually became connected to the statewide group Georgia Parental Alienation Organization,
that traveled to Atlanta last week seeking a proclamation from Governor Nathan Deal to recognize parental alienation as a growing problem in the state.

Hilary Crowe, who spearheads the group out of Loganville says she asked the Governor to set aside one day as Parental Alienation Awareness Day. He gave her a week.

“By him signing the proclamation it’s that one giant leap we need to get local senators and local legislators attention,” Crowe said.

Crowe’s group hopes to create legislation giving parents equal rights in custodial matters, and they want people, specifically judges, to recognize that parental alienation is real, and it’s wrong.

“This will lead to other opportunities for parental alienation awareness in the state, and it’s a way to reach out to others in the state that may not know about parental alienation, or know that they’re experiencing it,” Crowe said.

Crowe says the group is quickly expanding as people realize they’re victims of parental alienation, but most members say the real victim’s are the children.

“You want them to have a healthy psychological disposition, and to do that you need both parents involved in their lives,” said Bill Moore, an advocate for family law reform who’s longstanding group has merged with the Georgia Parental Alienation Organization.

While the group is gaining momentum, McIntyre says she’s doing what she can. She’s created a Central Georgia chapter for parental alienation awareness, and plans to hold regular meetings.

If you or anybody you know is a victim of parental alienation and you want to make a difference, McIntyre’s says she wants to hear from you.

You can reach her at: (478) 333-6100 or

She has also event planned for her chapter.

April 16: Mayor Harley presenting proclamation making April 25 Parental Alienation Awareness Day in Centerville

April 20: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bubbles of Love event at Rozar Park in Perry

April 20: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bubbles of Love event, FBC Centerville

April 25: first meeting of Middle Georgia Regional Chapter of Parental Alienation Awareness Organization (location to be determined).

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Young boy kills self over closure of school

Posted on February 16, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death, Suicide | Tags: , , , |

The Yomiuri Shimbun

OSAKA–An 11-year-old primary school student in Daito, Osaka Prefecture, apparently killed himself by jumping in front of a train, leaving behind a note that suggests the act was intended to protest the closure of his school.

At about 4:25 p.m. Thursday, the fifth-year student was hit below a platform of Nozaki Station by a seven-car train heading from Doshishamae Station to Takarazuka Station on the JR Katamachi Line.

Witnesses said he apparently jumped from the platform down to the rails and was struck by the train.

The boy left a note about his school, which is scheduled to be shut down and its students integrated into two other primary schools.

The note read, “In exchange for this little life, please stop the shutdown and integration.”

Shijonawate Police Station is investigating the case as a likely suicide.

According to the police station, the driver of the train saw the boy jump and immediately applied the brake, but it was too late.

The boy’s rucksack, which he left on the platform, contained learning materials for a cram school, and the handwritten note was found nearby, the police said.

The primary school the boy attended has seen its student population decrease, and is scheduled to close at the end of this fiscal year.

Students of the school will be transferred to two other primary schools.

The boy’s family members said he recently complained that he did not want to attend the school that was scheduled to accept him and his schoolmates.

Just before the incident, the boy sent an e-mail to his mother’s cell phone that read: “Thank you for all you have done up to now. I love everyone in my family.”
(Feb. 16, 2013)

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