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'Rest in peace, my special little man': Father of boy killed by mother was in bitter custody fight

The heartbroken father of a boy murdered by his mum on the Yorke Peninsula has told 7 News he was locked in a bitter custody battle.

VIDEO Father of boy murdered by mum on Yorke Peninsula in custody battle. Source: 7 News

He claimed he had raised serious concerns about the boy's welfare to authorities but says it fell on deaf ears.

'We've got some bad news for you': Jacob was killed by his mother before she took her own life. Photo: 7 News

When police officers knocked on Mick Clarke's door yesterday, his heart sank.

UK judges change court rules on child contact for violent fathers

Reforms aim to end presumption that a father must have contact with a child when there is evidence of domestic abuse

Senior judges are taking steps to end the presumption that a father must have contact with a child where there is evidence of domestic abuse that would put the child or mother at risk.

Child custody rights for rapists? Most states have them

Story highlights

  • Rapists have parental rights in 31 states
  • Study: About 32,000 pregnancies result from rape each year
  • The Rape Survivor Custody Act would encourage states to strip parental rights from rapists
When an Ohio judge denied a request for Cleveland kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro to visit the 6-year-old girl he fathered with one of the women he kidnapped and raped, the reason seemed pretty clear cut.

Child protective services visited mum and kids hours before murder

Social workers performed a welfare check the morning the Adelaide family was killed.

Adeline Rigney-Wilson and her children were visited by child protective services just hours before her partner allegedly killed them.

Cries of child abuse bounce back on mums

CHILD protection campaigners say women who accuse their former partners of sexually abusing their children are being unfairly labelled as mentally ill in the Family Court.

Child sex abuse researcher Freda Briggs and child protection advocate Charles Pragnell say recent cases show the emphasis on shared parenting responsibilities is putting Professor Briggs and Mr Pragnell are part of the Safer Family Law campaign and argue that amendments to the Family Law Act in 2006 were geared towards the rights of parents rather than those of children.

Scunthorpe mum tragically collapses and dies following family court hearing

POLICE have begun an investigation into the death of a Scunthorpe mother who collapsed after being given a judgement in family court proceedings.

Hayley Gascoigne died with her mother and father at her side after being given a ruling in court in shocking scenes at Hull Crown Court.

My child did exist

The price for a mothers own safety and freedom in 1996 was an imposed, unnatural and unwanted separation from my eight children, including my nursing infant. The injustice committed against her is not just the physical separation from her children, but the willful desecration of the mother-child relationship and bond, a sacred spiritual and emotional entity.

Many mothers who seek safety from abuse are routinely prohibited from having even the most basic contact with their own children, not because they were unfit parents, but because they were outspent, out represented, and out-maneuvered in a court atmosphere that seems to favor those who inflict domestic violence.

Mother dies of stress and lies from family court

​We are sick and tired of the family courts making statements without evidence, or proof.  Sadly most people by now have forgotten about Hayley Gascgoine, the young mother who died five minutes before the judge gave the verdict. Many professionals said her death was not caused by stress, it was other factors, or something else, - or even down to using drugs because she went to the toilet, previous to her collapse.
 
The toxicology report proved that she was clear.  Our professionals cannot be trusted, not in any aspect, not one word.  No one who has not witnessed, or been a part of the family court process has a clue about just how abusive these environments are. 

Scandal of 'unqualified' experts who advise our family courts: Decisions about the care of thousands of children routinely flawed

Life-changing decisions about the care of thousands of children are routinely being made on flawed evidence from poorly qualified ‘experts’ in the family courts, a damning study reveals.

More than a fifth of these vital reports are being produced by people who are completely unqualified, the Channel 4 News investigation found. ‘Experts’ used in hundreds of family court proceedings are frequently unqualified or unreliable, the study reveals.

In some cases, reports on parents or children are being given to courts by doctors who have not even seen the individuals concerned.

Evidence that Newcastle family courts erase parents

These orders were made by a Newcastle Judge against an innocent man who just wants to spend time with his children and who made it quite clear that he has no faith in our court systems ... Gee, I wonder why.  Loughnan gave everybody reason to be scared of injustice in our family courts after seeing this :

You see, for the lovely little chump to do this, he can then prevent the father from bringing any more matters into the court without a Legal Appointed Guardian, who is at no obligation to do what he asks.  This man MAY pay for his own lawyer but Loughnan has prevented him using anything but government paid crooks which will not help him.

But wait ... and to add insult to injury, there's more :

 

Child sex abuse case prompts review call

Former Family Law Council chair Patrick Parkinson has called for an inquiry into the way the Family Court handles sexual abuse allegations.

The call, by former Family Law Council chair Patrick Parkinson, follows revelations that a girl was ordered to continue visiting her father in 2007 despite ­disclosing serious sexual offending by him.

Lucy, not her real name, is now 18. She has backed a review of cases handled by the Sydney-based child psychiatrist who assessed her allegations for the Family Court and found them to be “ludicrous”.

The Family Court’s dilemma in cases of child sexual abuse

Richard Chisholm, a former Family Court judge, says the consequences are tragic when the court gets it wrong.

Lucy was just 10 when she asked her mother if a girl like her could get pregnant. The childish question hid the terror and the trauma of what was happening to her. Still, Lucy, not her real name, hoped her mother might pick up the clue she was trying to give her, without revealing her father’s ­secret. But her mother didn’t get it.

The secret was that her father had begun raping Lucy in his bed when she went on Family Court-ordered access visits to his house in a regional Australian town.

Revelations about Lucy’s ordeal have raised questions about the Family Court’s heavy reliance on expert reports to determine the veracity of sexual abuse ­allegations.

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