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Taken Into Custody: The War Against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family Hardcover – September 25, 2007
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A virtual publishing blackout has protected this abuse, and until now no comprehensive exposé of this political underworld has appeared. Some fine books by authors like Sanford Braver, Warren Farrell, Jeffery Leving, Dean Tong, and Jed Abraham, have partially broken the silence with gently worded critiques of family law and policy, along with numerous self-published books that reach a more limited audience. But this is the first time a major publisher has revealed the full horror of what is taking place in America's family courts and government bureaucracies. Not only the systematic removal of children from fit and loving parents but the criminalization of the parents, often in complete defiance of constitutional protections and due process of law, is widespread and routine.
All assertions are carefully documented by a writer with scholarly credentials (PhD from the London School of Economics and professor of political science at Patrick Henry College). Baskerville not only describes what is happening but explains why, demonstrating the unaccountable power, conflicts-of-interest, and extremist ideology driving the most tyrannical governmental machinery ever to arise in the United States. As such, this book bears comparison with Michael Harrington's The Other America and Upton Sinclair's The Jungle.
It is very scary that in America, with no-fault divorce and no wrong even being alleged, that the government can strip a parent of custody. Criminals have a higher burden of proof and the right to a jury trial; fit, loving parents don't. The precident this sets from a legal standpoint should scare every American who cares about our country.
Most important, he shows that children are suffering at the hands of our judicial system. The "best interest of the child" is nothing more than a subjective slogan to plunder dads who have done nothing wrong and care about their children. I hope every judicial officer in the country reads this book.
In America, the opinion of a custody evaluator is almost never challenged, and if it is, seldom overturned. If you want to hear the bizarre reasons dads are stripped of custody, join a father's right's group. You'll be shocked. Pull the court files and you'll find that what they tell you is true.
We need a presumption of joint physical custody NOW. Divorce will decline, there will be less abuse, children won't be put in the middle.
The mean-spirited advocates who want to label men as all bad will diss this book, no doubt, but this book is spot on.
"Destroy the family, and you destroy society." (V. I. Lenin)
No-fault divorce was invented by the Bolsheviks in 1918. The Bolsheviks destroyed the old bourgeois notions of the family and the home, and recreated an allegiance to the government. The United States began a social experiment with no-fault divorce with California's passage of the Family Act of 1969.
The term no-fault divorce is misleading. Rather than no-fault divorce, what we have is unilateral divorce. No-fault divorce is the dissolution of a marriage, upon petition to the court by either party, without the requirement of fault on either party. Either party may request, and receive, the dissolution of the marriage, despite the objections of the other party. Marriage is a contract, and no-fault divorce allows either party to breach the contract without penalty. There is no legal defense against a petition for dissolution of a marriage under no-fault divorce.
The radical swing from 100% fault-based divorce to 100% unilateral non-binding marriage is a failed social experiment. It is today's equivalent of Prohibition. Over 50% of all first marriages end in divorce. The statistics for subsequent marriages are even worse. More than half of all these marriages that end in divorce involve children. Whether these are contested divorces or not, the family court will control the careers, incomes, wealth, debts, and lives of these mothers, fathers, and children until the children are between 18 and 21 years of age.
According to the Americans for Divorce Reform, as the divorce rate soared, so did the number of children involved in divorce.Read more ›
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Fantastic book. Everyone should read this before going into a marriage.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Ive met the good Dr. He is a serious academic. He is also sadly, spot on in his analysis of what is going in the super secret world of "family court". Read morePublished 7 months ago by timguitartaylor
This is a book every male should read! It will prepare you for what will happen to you on the whim of what your future ex can and most likely do to you! Read morePublished 7 months ago by tim woodworth
Glad I read the book before I filed a Federal Lawsuit against the divorce judge and the attorneys or I would have know that I cant win against a corrupt system. Dr. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nunya
This is a substantive book that reflects much research from a professorial viewpoint. It made an excellent Christmas gift for a friend of mine who is also a professor.Published 13 months ago by Matthew Pasalic
Even with several years on multiples of Best Seller lists, this critical and seminal work is shunted to the side. However, what Dr. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Stanley Rains
Excellent authorship on the unconstitutional family court. Nowadays the war is also against mothers. The rules are not applied equally. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Deborah Khora
Even if you have no interest in family law matters, if you're a patriot who believes in freedom; GET THIS BOOK! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Larry A. Singleton