Women across the country are often tested for drugs without consent and punished with government interventions when results are positive. Advocates say “test and report” is the “stop and frisk” of the curtained world of juvenile protection agencies.
Plenty of women are whistleblowers. And plenty lose custody unjustly. But a case in Florida is a rare double whammy, Michele Egan-Byron says. She lost custody of her son after she exposed wrongdoing at work.
Advocates for abused women are combing custody cases for federal rights violations that might be used to boost them up to the Supreme Court and reform family court procedure. Latest story in our “Dangerous Trends, Innovative Responses” series.
A fraught custody case ended last fall when the father was murdered in his daughter’s playground. Onlookers say that a custody decision that excluded the mother set the stage. Latest story in our “Dangerous Trends, Innovative Responses” series.
Britney Spears has lost custody of her two children amid ghoulish media pleasure in her predicament. It’s tempting to think she’s a special case, but Sandra Kobrin says the tide is against mothers fighting custody battles in family court.
As advocates for battered women and children work to improve custody decisions in the nation’s family courts, they say valid psychological assessments that measure trauma in children are often ignored.
Across the country, women are backing legislation that calls for more protections from an abusive parent being granted custody rights in family court. These laws reverse what advocates say is a pervasive sexism.
Children’s advocates are praising a new law intended to lower the risk of international parental kidnappings. However, the itemized risk factors for illegal flight are also common among battered women preparing to leave their abusers.