When further attempts to achieve redress fail, litigants display the hallmark signs of Legal Abuse Syndrome (LAS)

Whatever the court setting, whether it is regarding divorce, child custody, parental support, probate matters, personal injury, property disputes, legal or medical malpractice, criminal charges, or other deeply personal issues, the frauds put forth in our courts add greatly to the trauma.

When litigants are unable to get fair resolution to their issues, when the court dysfunction further adds to the litigant’s burden, when no amount of actual case law compels an equitable outcome, litigants suffer often disabling levels of stress. When further attempts to achieve redress fail, litigants display the hallmark signs of Legal Abuse Syndrome (LAS).*

The concept of Legal Abuse Syndrome was brought to the attention of this writer by investigative journalist Michael Volpe, who’s completing a book on the life and suicide of ones of its victims. The book’s pre-publication title is Bullied to Death: The Chris Mackney Story.

(Dr. Huffer, incidentally, invites reports of cases like this one on her website’s Contact page.)

Chance to be a Dad - 2015Originally posted on TALKING BACK to restraining orders:
This is the first post on this blog to introduce
Legal Abuse Syndrome (LAS), a condition proposed by marriage and family therapist Karin P. Huffer, whose books on the subject of post-traumatic stress stemming from court-mediated violations are Overcoming the Devastation of Legal Abuse Syndrome(1995) and Legal Abuse Syndrome: 8 Steps for Avoiding the Traumatic Stress Caused by the Justice System(2013).

“Anyone who has ever worked in a legal aid office or law library has met people whose lives have come unhinged after a bad contact with the legal system. The details vary—they may have lost a business or inheritance or the custody of a child—but the common theme of feeling violated by the legal system does not. Even 20 years after losing a lawsuit, some people who suffer from Legal Abuse Syndrome still carry a suitcase of old legal papers around, desperately hoping someone will help…View original 746 more words

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9 thoughts on “When further attempts to achieve redress fail, litigants display the hallmark signs of Legal Abuse Syndrome (LAS)

  1. via FACEBOOK.COM — American Coalition for Fathers and Children – December 20, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    “CHILDREN OF DIVORCE DESERVE FULL ACCESS TO BOTH PARENTS, WHENEVER POSSIBLE.” –

    Personally, I can’t find anyone willing to reject that statement publicly. It’s a fundamental truth. We now have a wealth of evidence demonstrating children are better off, in most situations, when they have something near equal time with each parent. So why are shared-parenting bills are being rejected throughout the country?

    Do legislators believe mothers are more important to children than fathers? For the most part, I don’t think so. Politicians are, however, under quite a bit of pressure from some very powerful anti-shared parenting special interests. Recently, we’ve seen these opponents contribute to shared-parenting bills failing to pass in South Dakota and Minnesota.

    Some would argue disappointments like those are clear signs that shared parenting legislation will not happen anytime soon. The opposite is true. The near victories in these states and others is an enormous indication politicians are beginning to understand the vast majority of American citizens believe children of divorce deserve equal access to both parents, whenever possible.

    In fact, South Dakota’s bill lost in a 21-13 Senate vote. That’s a swing of 5 senators. If merely 5 senators felt more pressure from South Dakotans than they did from special interests, South Dakota would have a shared parenting statute. We should commend the remaining politicians in South Dakota’s Senate for doing the right thing.

    In Minnesota … well, Minnesota is a travesty. That bill passed, and on May 24, 2012 Governor Mark Dayton vetoed it. Governor Dayton claimed that both sides made “compelling arguments,” but because the “ramifications” of the legislation were “uncertain,” he decided to single-handedly overrule the will of his constituents and their representatives. Mr. Governor, unless you are ending slavery or beginning women’s suffrage, you will likely never have the benefit of “certainty” in your political career. Again, we should praise the Minnesotan politicians who voted for the bill.

    Six people. Six people stopped two states from enacting shared parenting. Six people do not indicate shared parenting is a distant hope – they indicate profoundly that it is an imminent inevitability.

    Mike Haskell is a divorced dad, shared parenting supporter and practicing family law attorney in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    ACFC is America’s Shared Parenting Organization

    “CHILDREN NEED BOTH PARENTS”

    The members of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children dedicate ourselves to the creation of a family law system and public awareness which promotes equal rights for ALL parties affected by issues of the modern family.

    ACFC is challenging the current system of American family law and policy. Through a national system of local affiliates and in alliance with other pro-family and civil liberties groups, ACFC is shifting the public debate to the real causes of family dissolution.

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  2. I am a dad to two Australian daughters aged 9 and 10 now ..when they were 3 and 4 and us separated I made allegations my daughters were not safe (being raped by older step brother) the state dismissed the matter closed the file the mothers lawyers mounted a case I was mentally ill in my allegations.
    The abuse continued ..my time with the kids was reduced almost a year later with no legal assistance or help form the court I was able to prove the child protection agencies police and all involved they were wrong .
    They (all involved ) quickly all deserted orders were made the children put in my care then to recover without any compensation or assistance i have tried for four years to get anyone to listen but not one person can see the harm done to us . I reach outside my country to ask what i should or can do ?

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    • Non resident father made allegations of sexual abuse to his children (girls) he was swiftly dismissed file closed demonized as a liar and returned to the family court as a respondent in orders sought to have his children removed altogether.
      Wasnt until a year later and a lot of harm he was able to prove the judge child protection authorities decisions were erroneous and the lawyers case was based on lies and ineptitude’s , sure he was able to eventually protect his children but was thrust into assisting in their recovery and his own with no assistance or finance .
      The system would not respond to his pleas as he continues be traumatized by the whole matter .
      Australia and its family court system are in ruins because of the gender issues that involve blame being apportioned the man in most cases .

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