Early one day last year, Kellie Elliott stopped by her estranged husband Shane’s house outside Camden in western Ohio. Her 13-year-old son, Caleb, and 10-year-old daughter, Gracie, had spent the weekend there, but they hadn’t turned up for school that snowy morning of 25 January 2022. Elliott didn’t dare approach the front door because she was fearful of Shane, whom she was divorcing. He … [Read more...]
Her son said his stepdad was sexually abusive. A judge gave the stepdad custody anyway. Then his mom found the photographs.
How the 'junk science' of parental alienation infiltrated American family courts and allowed accused child abusers to win custody of their kids. In the summer of 2020, when he was 12, the boy told his therapist something he'd never told anyone else. For years, Robert claimed, his stepdad had sexually abused him. The therapist alerted the San Diego County child welfare agency, which … [Read more...]
Custody battle preceded murder-suicide of SLC father and son
SALT LAKE CITY — We are continuing to learn more about a murder-suicide that took place in Salt Lake City on Saturday. Police say 49-year-old Parth Gandhi killed his 16-year-old son, before killing himself. ... Court records that date back 15 years show a lengthy custody battle between Gandhi and Moses, beginning when Moses filed for divorce in 2009. The divorce would be finalized in … [Read more...]
A Court Ordered Siblings to a Reunification Camp With Their Estranged Father. The Children Say It Was Abusive.
One Thursday afternoon in December, a father and two of his estranged children boarded a flight from Salt Lake City to Texas, beginning an effort to repair their fractured relationship. A family court official had ordered them to attend a reunification camp, Turning Points for Families Texas, to repair damage that the judge said the boys’ mother had inflicted by alienating them from their … [Read more...]
State Lawmakers Consider Bill Banning Controversial Reunification Therapy and Camps
A bill known as Piqui’s Law would prohibit court-ordered family reunification therapy or “camps” as part of a child custody or visitation rights proceeding, that is predicated on cutting off a child from a parent with whom the child is attached, is moving through the legislature. Authored by Senator Susan Rubio, the intent of SB 331 is to increase the priority given to child custody court … [Read more...]
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