Action Alert on Parental Alienation

You Made an Impact--DSM Leader Tells AP of 'Enormous Amount of Mail, More Than Any Other Issue'

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Action Alert on Parental Alienation; You Made an Impact--DSM Leader Tells AP of 'Enormous Amount of Mail, More Than Any Other Issue'
October 5, 2010
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Action Alert: Tell Major Media Outlets, DSM Committee that Parental Alienation is Real and Harms Children

Short Version:
 A new national Associated Press article covers the heated debate over Parental Alienation. We want you to write a letter to the DSM committee explaining that Parental Alienation is very real and needs to be taken seriously by our family courts--to do so, click here. Also, please write a Letter to the Editor concerning the AP article--click here and choose the email address of the appropriate newspaper(s).

Action Alert--We Want Your Participation

A new national Associated Press article discusses Parental Alienation and whether family courts should consider target parents' claims of being alienated from their children by their ex-spouses. Led by psychiatrist William Bernet, a group of 70 mental health experts from 12 countries are part of an effort to add Parental Alienation to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), the American Psychiatric Association's "bible" of diagnoses. To ensure that the DSM-V Task Force is aware of the scope and severity of Parental Alienation, thousands of our supporters responded to our Action Alert earlier this year to write to the DSM-V Task Force.

Our message got through--this week Dr. Darrel Regier, vice chair of the task force, told the Associated Press, "We've gotten an enormous amount of mail--more than [on] any other issue." That "enormous amount of mail" was from you, our supporters.

The National Organization for Women, which seeks to suppress recognition of Parental Alienation both in family courts and in the mental health community, criticized our campaign and declared a counter-campaign against it.

We want you to write a letter to the DSM committee explaining that Parental Alienation is very real and needs to be taken seriously by our family courts--to do so, click here. Also, please write a Letter to the Editor concerning the AP article--click here and choose the email address of the appropriate newspaper(s).

Also, we urge you to join the debate in the comments section of the MSNBC version of the article by clicking here.

F & F Quoted in Front Page AOL Story: ‘When Fathers Have a Chance to Raise Their Kids, They’re Usually Very Effective’

aol "'These cases are very difficult because what usually happens is that the adoptive parents will hold onto the child as long as they can,'" Sacks says.

"'And then by the time it winds its way to a decision, they say, ‘How can we rip the kid from the only family they’ve ever known and give him to his biological father?'"

Fathers and Families Executive Director Glenn Sacks, MA was quoted in the front page article Adoptive Parents Ordered to Surrender 3-Year-Old to Biological Father (9/28/10) concerning the Ohio Benjamin Wyrembek adoption/child custody battle. F & F Board Member Robert Franklin, Esq. covered the case in a recent post here.

To comment on AOL reporter Honey Berk’s article, click here.

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Victory! Governor Schwarzenegger Signs 
F & F's Alimony Reform Bill
Some alimony obligors assert that their exes are voluntarily unemployed or underemployed, or are artificially lowering their earning capacity because they'd rather keep collecting alimony.

F & F helped pass SB 1482, sponsored by Senator Rod Wright (D-Los Angeles), to allow parents who are faced with alimony increases as their children age out of the child support system to request vocational examinations for the recipients of alimony payments. It then requires judges to follow the examiner's estimate of the recipient's earning ability when calculating alimony. It also creates a time limit on when such requests can be made.

SB 1482 strikes a fair balance between the needs of alimony payers and alimony recipients, and helps prevent ex-spouses who are voluntarily or artificially lowering their earning capacity from getting alimony increases.

Governor Schwarzenegger signed the bill last week.

If you are an alimony and/or child support obligor, we want to hear from you—please fill out our form here.

To learn more about the bill, click here.

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