Protecting Children in Family Court

Custody courts must prioritize the health and safety of children, use the latest research rather than discredited research like Parental Alienation Syndrome, and use domestic violence experts in cases involving domestic violence.

Health and Safety

Currently, a child’s health and safety is one of several factors judges must consider when determining the best interest of a child. However, it is the only one of those considerations that is likely to result in a child’s death. Logically shouldn’t health and safety trump all other considerations.


Latest Research

Many courts still use discredited theories like Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) when determining child custody. New research like the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study shows the far greater harm created by awarding custody to abusive parents.


DV Expertise

People providing testimony as a domestic violence expert must have genuine domestic violence expertise. A degree in psychology, psychiatry or any other mental health discipline doesn’t suffice. Domestic violence is not caused by a psychiatric syndrome

Shocking data shows how our legal system enables violence against women and children.

Wendy Murphy

Attorney and Author of "And Justice For Some", New England Law Boston

  • Total Divorces 100% 100%
  • Number Of Divorces Involving Children 60% 60%
  • High Conflict (Domestic Violence) Divorces 3.8% 3.8%
  • Alleged Abuser Awarded Unsupervised Access To Children By Courts 75% 75%

When courts have to decide custody they normally get it wrong putting the health and safety of children at risk.

Shocked to learn the courts don’t already make the health and safety of children priority one when deciding custody and visitation.

Kelly Rutherford

Mother and Actress


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