58,000 reasons to get serious about reform today…

Family Court in America

A summary of the crisis in the family court system from 2009.

 

The Christian Science Monitor

Opinion

States Must Reform a System That too Often Awards Custody to the Abusive Parent

By Kathleen Russell 

October 14, 2009
San Rafael, California
 
When a parent harms his or her own child, family courts are supposed to step in and safeguard the victim.

Can you imagine what a tragedy it would be if courts awarded custody to the wrong parent – the abuser?

Actually, according to one conservative estimate, more than 58,000 children per year are ordered by family courts into unsupervised contact with physically or sexually abusive parents following divorce in the United States.

The fact that this type of scandal is taking place in the American justice system defies the imagination. Not since the Roman Catholic Church pedophile scandal has the US seen this level of institutional harm inflicted…

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