Review: California NOW Activist
by Helen Grieco, Executive Director,
in Autumn 2005, page 6
From Madness to Mutiny: Why Mothers Are Running From the Family Courts -- and What Can Be Done about It
Authors Amy Neustein and Michael Lesher analyze family court documents and case studies in this groundbreaking study, and conclude that systematically, perfectly fit mothers are losing custody of their children, especially when abuse is alleged. The authors’ examination of the courts highlights many common injustices, including biased judges and extra-judicial personnel, as well as the use of pseudo-scientific theories (like Parental Alienation Syndrome).
The reforms the book calls for should be demanded in every state, including opening up court proceedings to public review, prohibiting ex parte changes of custody, mandating review of abuse evidence, requiring judicial training and better regulation of lawyers, law guardians, evaluators and social service agencies when dealing with abuse allegations.
This book is a must read for every feminist, especially mothers.
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