This is billie tarascio with access legal modern law. i am so excited to be here with you today for an upcoming webinar and, before we begin, I just wanna tell you a bit about me and what I do and what Modern Law does and what Access Legal does. I am a family law attorney here in Arizona. Ive been practicing family law for the last 10 years. I absolutely love it and I am the owner of the family law firm Modern Law. Within my work that I do at Modern Law its become very clear that the vast majority of people.
Are representing themselves and there are not enough resources out there for people who are representing themselves. In fact, its between 80 and 90% of you who are representing yourselves in family court. Access Legal is a company that was created out of Modern Law to bring law firm resources available to you, the public, who are representing yourself. And one of the things that we are going to do is be offering these webinars. Todays webinar for instance is on how to.
Represent yourself in family court. and, i will warn you, it is an actionpacked hour of a tone of information; it is definitely a highlevel view of everything that you can expect to have happened in your family law case. As we move forward in the future we will have other webinars that are more specific, will drill down into the specifics of the different areas and really answer your questions. Feel free to ask questions as we go and, if you have other webinars that you want to hear or questions that were not answered, feel.
Free to reach out to me, either through modern law or through access legal. A little bit about Access Legal is that Access Legal is a legal doc prep entity. What that means is that it makes law firm resources available to you, including documents. And the same documents that we use within Modern Law have been made available to you through a very easy questionandanswer format on the Access Legal website at a fraction of the cost of working with an attorney. Its really an outstanding resource that we are.
Very excited to offer and if you have more questions on that, let me know, but feel free to check out that website, the family law forum, the articles and the webinars. Thank you so much and we will get started. Today were going to be mostly focused on the process, which is long and not really easy. But well also talk about the substantive law with regards to custody and divorce, because it does look like thatbased on the pollthats something that affects everyone. Lets start.
At the beginning. the beginning is before you file or before youre served. if you know that you are going to be facing a family law issuebecause youre either facing a divorce or youve had a child out of wedlockbefore you go to the court house, theres some things that you should do. We should determine what your objectives are; what is most important to you. This means really thinking about what your life is going to look like in 3 years. How do you see a custody arrangement working out? How do you see a parenting plan working.
For you and your children? andeveryone can still hear me, right? there are some people who are saying they cant. Oh yeah, people are saying they can. Ok, fabulous! So, were going to look at what are the main issues. Do you want to stay in your own house? Do you want to continue being a mostly stayathome parent? Are you looking for financial security? What are your most important objectives and your biggest fears? The next thing that Im gonna ask you to doafter you really think about what your.
Life looks like here in the next 3 years, 2 years, one yearis to gather your resources. The process of going through a family law case is long and hard. Its a marathon, its not a sprint. Im gonna ask you to really gather your resourcesboth emotional and financialso that you can make the best determinations about how to achieve your objectives and set the correct expectation. How do you anticipate the opposing party will respond? Is it possible for the two of you to work together to come up with some solutions that.
Treatment of AttachmentBased Parental Alienation
Barbara: today we’re very pleased to have childress speak about the topic of attachment and parental alienation in a revolutionary way. Just very briefly, according to . I was reading Helen Fisher, who is a professor at Rutgers University, and she’s a biological anthropologist. She talks about having three brain systems, one for lust, a system for romantic love, and a system or a drive towards attachment. As young children, when they’re growing up, that secure bond between a parent is correlated with emotional wellbeing. .
Childress is here today because what happens when that is ruptured? what happens when there’s a divorce? So without further ado, let’s . I’ll turn it over to Childress. Craig A. Childress: Thank you. Thank you Barbara. Let me start by thanking California Southern University for the opportunity to talk today about an issue that I believe is very important to a set of children and families going through what’s called high conflict divorce that involves . Traditionally, it’s been called parental alienation, and it involves.
A child’s rejection of a relationship with a normal range in affectionately available parent, because of the distorting practices of the other parent during the high conflict divorce. It’s a very tragic situation, and it’s a situation that’s not particularly well understood at this point. This is a companion lecture to my previous talk on the theoretical foundations for an attachment based model of the construct of parental alienation. In this particular talk today I’m going to be addressing diagnostic issues and treatment.
Issues related to an attachment based model of parental alienation, but to begin with here I’d like to just review some of the theoretical foundations. For a more thorough discussion of that you can go back to my other previous talk. The construct of parental alienation was first put forward by a psychiatrist Richard Gardner back in the 1980s, who identified this process involved in family dynamic involved in high conflict divorce that he called Parental Alienation Syndrome. It was a set of anecdotal al indicators that he identified related.
To one parent inducing the child’s rejection of the other parent. Since the time that Gardner put forth the idea of Parental Alienation Syndrome, it’s received a lot of controversy. There are supporters for it, but there’s also a number of detractors. It was labelled junk science, it didn’t have a scientific foundation to it. He also put forward some ideas about false allegations of sexual abuse that also generated considerable controversy. The construct of Parental Alienation Syndrome from my perspective is a failed paradigm.
In the thirty years since its first been introduced it has failed to solve the problem associated with parental alienation in high conflict divorce, and from my perspective, while Gardner was accurate in identifying a al construct, he too quickly abandoned establish psychological principles and constructs in defining what was going on. He proposed, in my view, too quickly this idea of a new syndrome out there that was not based in any established psychological principles, and because of that we have been.
Unable to leverage the construct of parental alienation syndrome to solve the problem. Over thirty years we are still mired in a lot of controversy, and a lot of difficulty for the targeted parents who are rejected by their children. Gardner’s model for Parental Alienation Syndrome, is in my view, a failed theoretical paradigm, because it does not establish what the processes are within established and accepted psychological principles and constructs that we can then use to understand what’s happening in the family.
It’s a failed diagnostic paradigm, because his anecdotal set of eight al indicators, things like a campaign of denigration, or borrowed scenarios don’t have any foundation in any other theoretical principles, and so whether or not it’s present or absence is open to debate, and often times leads to the third problematic issues regarding Parental Alienation Syndrome is that it’s a failed legal paradigm, because it requires that we litigate whether or not parental alienation is occurring. That can be tremendously expensive.