I have been for some considerable time acting as an Expert Witness for parents who have had in many cases many years of no contact with their natural children.
The Courts and Judges most particularly have been lacking in the capacity to understand how best to deal with this problem. Mr Tony Coe, Chairman of the Equal Parenting Council and Mr David Levy of the Children’s Rights Council have put forward documents, with which I totally agree,concerning the current injustice, mostly towards fathers, in their having contact with their offspring.
I have written a large number of articles on the subject of parental alienation, sometimes termed Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS). These article have been published in many cases in legal journals and I am submitting a list of these articles for your consideration.
You are undoubtedly wish information concerning the matter of parental alienation in order to deal with it in a just, fair and reasonable manner.
My own experience in the Courts has been that Judges often fail to take heed of expert witnesses accounts/opinions if they present a strong and decisive case that one of the parents, usually the father, has a right to contact with their natural child, and the amount of time that should be provided.
The custodial parent is often resistant to the other parent having contact and will do virtually any thing to prevent it.
Judges in my experience have failed to take strong and determined action against the custodial parent which would be to the benefit of children as well as to the ostracised and non-custodial parent. It is time this matter was resolved.
The evidence put forward by Mr Tony Coe, Chairman of the Equal Parenting Council, of what is being done in the United States puts the UK to shame in relation to providing equal justice for non-custodial parents, mostly fathers.
It is for this reason that there have been developing somewhat ‘radical bands of individuals’ who have in some cases gone beyond the law to draw attention to the plight of frustrated and neglected fathers.
My treatment from the judiciary in court has been varied. Probably the worst treatment that I have personally experienced with the Judiciary as an expert witness in seeking to resolve the problem of access of parents to their children was with a particular Judge in South Wales.
His attitude was dismissive and pretty dismal in that he even failed to provide me with the courtesy of meeting me, despite having travelled to the Court in Swansea from my home in Hampshire, following my having written a long report in which I have attempted to help make a decision in
relation to a father who had not been allowed to see his child and whose wife had taken the liberty of moving away with their mutual child.
I have seldom met such discourteousness or the lack of opportunity of at least being heard
and putting my points of view forward.
A book is currently in the process of being published in the United States on Parental Alienation in which have a chapter on the damage that is done to children by their failing to have contact with one of their parents, and the longterm effects this has on the child. Needless to say, the damage caused to the non-custodial parent is equally powerful.
I do hope your committee will do as much as possible to resolve this matter and I hope that you will have the opportunity of obtaining the articles that I have delineated following this letter. Should you have difficulty in obtaining them please do make contact with me.
Dr L F Lowenstein
Educational, Clinical and Forensic Psychological Consultant