The Toronto Star - Sat., Jan. 24, 2009, By TRACEY TYLER, LEGAL AFFAIRS REPORTER
In a stunning and unusual family law decision, a Toronto judge has stripped a mother of custody of her three children after the woman spent more than a decade trying to alienate them from their father.
The mother's "consistent and overwhelming" campaign to brainwash the children into thinking their father was a bad person was nothing short of emotional abuse, Justice Faye McWatt of the Superior Court of Justice wrote in her decision.
The three girls, ages 9 to 14, were brought to a downtown courthouse last Friday and turned over to their father, a vascular surgeon identified only as A.L.
Their mother, a chiropodist identified as K.D., was ordered to stay away from the building during the transfer and to have her daughters' clothing and possessions sent to their father's house.
McWatt stipulated that K.D. is to have no access to the children except in conjunction with counselling, including a special intensive therapy program for children affected by "parental alienation syndrome." The mother must bear the costs. Read More..
Mother Jailed for Violating Court Ordered Parenting Time with Father
Access-denying mother jailed
A Mississauga mother sentenced to 60 days in jail for failing to allow the father of her 5-year-old daughter access to the child has been released. Lisa Barbosa, 31, walked out of the Metro West Detention Centre after serving eight days behind bars. Judge Patrick Dunn of Ontario Court, provincial division (family) ordered that Barbosa be jailed. He also ordered that Britney's father, Richard Dadd, 34, of Brampton, have custody of the child while her mother served her sentence. "Our preference would have been that she serve her full sentence, but the point has been made," said Ross Virgin, president of a men's rights group. But another Ontario Court, general division judge ordered Barbosa's release pending appeal. And Judge Moira Caswell ordered that Britney be returned to her mother immediately.
Barbosa may be free, but the shock waves from her sentence have yet to subside. Members of the national men's group, In Search of Justice, were to picket at Brampton court in support of Dunn's initial decision. "Thousands of dads across Canada encounter endless, persistent breaches of the law by mothers who feel they own the children and can break the law with impunity," said the group's president Ross Virgin. "Our preference would have been that she serve her full sentence, but the point has been made loud and clear that you cannot commit access violations without the potential of a jail term," said Virgin.
However, another Toronto men's group, DADS Canada, has taken an opposing view. "We couldn't be happier that she's out," said Stacy Robb, who added that his group plans to aid Barbosa in her court appeal. "DADS Canada supports the children in these cases," said Robb. "And to jail a mother really hurts the children emotionally."
Robb's group is also advocating on behalf of a Toronto father who is serving a 90-day sentence at the Toronto (Don) Jail for failing to pay more than $21,000 in child support arrears and court costs. Barbosa had been ordered several years ago to allow Dadd regular visitation with Britney. Barbosa says she always complied with the order, except when the child -- who is asthmatic -- was sick. But Dadd took Barbosa to court arguing that he was denied access a number of times. Judge Dunn ordered Barbosa jailed for contempt. He is currently preparing the reasons for his judgment, which will be available later. Barbosa's two Toronto lawyers, Lauren Israel and Barry Goldman, who brought the motion before Judge Caswell, return to court to set a date for the appeal of Dunn's order.
TV Show about Parental Alienation
November 7, 2009
The world of divorce is scary for any child. But when a divorce becomes especially toxic, children can become the target of an unrelenting crusade by one parent to destroy the child's relationship with the other. Experts call it parental alienation.
Days after buying another woman Valentine's Day flowers, a Sydney father came home to find a trail of blood leading him to the bodies of his two young children lying next to their mother, a court has been told.
Australian Associated Press
Aug 24 2009
The woman had given the couple's three-year-old daughter and four-year-old son rat poison and an unidentified pink liquid before smothering them and killing them, court papers said.
She then tried to take her own life, the NSW Supreme Court was told.
Doctors agree the mother, from Canley Heights in Sydney's west, was suffering from "major depression" when she poisoned her children on February 19 last year.
She has pleaded not guilty to the two murders by reason of mental illness.
As her judge-alone trial began, the mother's lawyer told Justice Clifton Hoeben his client didn't think life was worth living after learning about her husband's affair.
Nearly one in 10 girls and one in 20 boys say they have been raped or experienced some other form of abusive violence on a date, according to a study released Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.
More and More teens are becoming depressed. The numbers of young people suffering from depression in the last 10 years has risen worryingly, an expert says.
BBC, UK, August 3, 2004
Government statistics suggest one in eight adolescents now has depression.
Unless doctors recognise the problem, Read More ..uld slip through the net, says Professor Tim Kendall of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health.
Guidelines on treating childhood depression will be published next year. Professor Kendall says a lot Read More ..eds to be done to treat the illness.
Woman convicted of killing 3 kids after custody battle
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, USA, August 26, 2008
HELSINKI, Finland - A court in Finland has convicted a woman of murdering her three young children and has given her a life sentence.
The Espoo District Court says Thai-born Yu-Hsiu Fu was found guilty of strangling her 8-year-old twin daughters and 1-year-old son in her home.
She tried to kill herself afterward.
The verdict on Tuesday says the 41-year-old woman was found to be of sound mind at the time of the murders.
Court papers show the murders were preceded by a bitter custody battle with her Finnish husband who was living separately from her at the time of the murders.
A life sentence in Finland mean convicts usually serve at least 11 years in prison.