WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT THE PROBLEM WITH FAMILY COURT?
The court tells you their father must see your kids, but CPS tells you they will take away the kids if you don’t protect them from him. His lawyers say you are alienating the children because they don’t want to go see their dad. The judge says you are just being hostile when you say the kids are afraid of him. The kids cry and ask you to help them. Your friends and neighbors want to know what you did wrong and why you are being so nasty to your ex. Sound like a soap opera? Well, it’s a soap opera thousands of women face every day dealing with family court.
The traps, the fears, the frustrations and the anguish protective parents and children often face in family courts are situations advocates and experts alike continue to see and continue to try to remedy. But how?
Hear how individuals and organizations are taking different approaches to tackle the problems with custody and family courts. Maralee McLean is a child advocate and domestic violence expert, who authored “Prosecuted but Not Silenced: Courtroom Reform for Sexually Abused Children. She has written for ABA Child Law Journal, Women’s E-News, and other publications on the problems of family courts not protecting abused children, and has appeared on national television shows and other venues to help bring the message of what is happening in family courts to the public.
She will join us as we talk about the traps, the dangers, the hostilities and the anguish for protective mothers and what they are doing about it.
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