Family Law: Conspiracy against Fathers
July 28, 2013
The justice system undermine families while enriching lawyers and social workers.
"Nowadays men are guests in their own homes." writes Richard Doyle. "Fathers are becoming intimidated afraid to dispense discipline, afraid of offending wives (or even the children) and of being evicted as a consequence."
by Richard F. Doyle
("Open Letter to the Legal Profession"
abridged by henrymakow.com)
This article is directed at domestic relations judges and lawyers, on behalf of hundreds of thousands of divorced men and fathers. ...
Nowadays, men are but guests in their own homes. evict-able at a mere whim of their wives, with no practical recourse, unless they are wealthy. Thanks to "no fault" laws, there is no right or wrong; anything goes. Husband #1 can be kicked out to make room for #2, or so a wife can "find herself." For all practical purposes fathers can forget about obtaining child custody. You couldn't do much more damage to a child than to sentence him or her to life in a single-mother household.
Just a cursory examination of Men's Defense Assoc. ﬁles shows the following
2/3ds to 3/4ths of divorces are initiated by wives, justiﬁably expecting to be awarded custody, alimony (largely disguised as "child support"), the house, etc.
63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes.
90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes.
85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes.
80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes.
71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes.
75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes.
70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes.
85% of all youths sitting in prisons grew up in a fatherless home.
These statistics translate to mean that children from a fatherless home are:
5 times more likely to commit suicide.
32 times more likely to run away.
20 times more likely to have behavioral disorders.
14 times more likely to commit rape
9 times more likely to drop out of high school.
10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances.
9 times more likely to end up in a state-operated institution.
20 times more like to end up in prison
Why are these children fatherless? Because their fathers ran away? Not very often. More often they were evicted by a judge pandering to a disgruntled, defecting wife.
To quote from Professor Emeritus Daniel Amneus, USC, Los Angeles:
"A judge may try a divorce case in the morning and place the children in the mother's custody. He may try a criminal case in the afternoon and send a man to prison for robbing a liquor store. The chances are three out of four that the criminal he sends to prison grew up in a female headed household just like the one he himself created that morning when he tried the divorce case. He sees no connection between the two cases."
would make more sense to jail divorce court judges and other
system-connected culprits than the young criminals their
in intact families are becoming intimidated. afraid to dispense
discipline, afraid of offending wives
(or even the children) and of being evicted as a consequence.
forcible removal, and probable alienation,
of one's own children is almost the greatest crime that could be
committed against a person.
"The State" does it to men routinely. Suicides among male divorce victims are very high. Many, if not most, skid row men are divorced.
Prejudice harms children as much as fathers, if differently. Even if they were so motivated, all the cops and social workers in the world can't replace millions of evicted fathers, the natural disciplinarians. Unless these trends are reversed, the ghetto will become the pattern for our society.
What motivates judges to render such brutal, stupid decisions? Public opinion? Fear of political incorrectness? Indiscriminate chivalry? Fantasizing themselves as Galahads rescuing damsels from distressful marriages? Probably all of these. Admittedly judges are largely following the dictates of widespread public prejudices, but that is no excuse for ignoring all principles of justice and Constitutional law.
Torn loose from any pretense of equity, divorce practice is the single most egregious and overlooked form of wealth redistribution in America today. And its scope is rapidly increasing. Thanks to judicially-provided incentives, half of all marriages end up in the trash heap.
The law profession shows little interest in reforming such a lucrative system, despite its epidemic ravaging of society. Why should they? The take is around $200 billion per year, perhaps the biggest in the entire profession. Removing the incentives would threaten the racket; any judges so inclined would soon find themselves seeking another field of endeavor.
According to Professor Stephen Baskerville of Howard University, "They (judges) sit at the top of a very large patronage network. And they can dole out a father's income and many other goodies to an assortment, an entourage, of judicial courtiers who also proﬁt from having children taken away from their parents... St. Augustine said that 'without justice, States are nothing but great robberies; and this is exactly what we are seeing in divorce courts. If States have the power, if government has the power to seize control of children, and micromanage the private lives of citizens who have done nothing wrong, there is no stopping the State."
Nor can we look to "law" itself for immediate relief. The halls of Congress are crawling with taxpayer-funded feminist lobbyists seeking ever more favor for women; sycophantic or complicit lawyer-legislators are giving it to them - at the expense of men, children and families.
and "Deadbeat Dad" have become the ubiquitous battle-cry of the
Certainly fathers have a responsibility to support their children; but does this continue to apply when a father's children have been forcibly taken away and, in many cases, effectively brainwashed against him? Civil disobedience seems the only option of a poor man. When Big Brother so completely runs a man's family, shouldn't Big Brother also assume the man's other obligations? Like mules need hay, fathers must have enough left of their paycheck to eat, pay rent, keep warm, get to work, and (Heaven forbid) maybe raise another, more loyal family.
Draconian alimony and child support measures are like the Maginot line, a mighty fortress with guns pointed in the wrong direction. The solution is not to persecute men further but to begin treating them fairly. This would have two desirable results. First, around half of divorced fathers would have custody.
Second, those who didn't, being treated fairly, would be much more inclined to pay their just obligations.
Fairness to men is the ONLY measure that hasn't been tried extensively. Where it has been tried, even in a limited manner as in shared parenting, support collections have increased dramatically. All other measures have failed - and will continue to fail.
Delay is costly. Even immediate restoration of rights and authority to fathers will take generations to repair the damage.
over 30 years all appeals to reason have fallen upon deaf ears,
produced only lip service to equal
treatment under the law. The MDA hopes the culprits responsible
the present unacceptable situation
will clean up their own houses, so that this burden does not
upon victims. But if it does, so
be it. There is a rising groundswell of justiﬁable anger and
resentment, enough to make Shay's Rebellion
look like a picnic. It would not be prudent to ignore Les
Heaven forbid that Dick,
The Butcher (in King Henry the Sixth, IV, ii 86) had the right idea. These words are harsh, but how else can one adequately address harsh realities'?
the corruption, our political institutions are creations of wise
prudent men, and repositories of
much that is good. It is these very institutions that make our
society function, however imperfectly.
to Marx, we should build a superior social order upon the basic
structure, rather than the ruins, of the old.
Thanks to Tony B for sending this.
First Comment by Asim:
Read your latest article with sadness and can only agree 100% with what Richard has to say. I work with vulnerable and disaffected young males for a local council, and unfortunately, over here in the UK, we have made a complete profession out of the misery of such broken fatherless families.
I case manage up to 25 young males with multiple barriers and every single one of them-ex-offenders/drug addicts/mental health issues-have come from a fatherless home. Yet what is most tragic, is that they are forced to seek 'help' from other professionals, or be sanctioned by the state.
Most of these 'professionals' are women, who, for a lot of them, themselves have come from broken relationships. I have referred many young males to see social workers who are butch, male hating lesbians, and the shock and horror expressed on these poor lads faces says it all.
Many jobs are wholly dependent on the breakdown of such families and such strategies are set in place to ensure that this remains the case. As an example, one of my young males aged 13 currently has a social worker; youth offending officer; education welfare officer; educational psychologist; school counsellor; young people's support worker; youth worker; connexions personal adviser; mental health nurse and clinical psychologist. Say no more!!!!!
Second Comment from Michael:
When she turned 41 and decided she was 21 again....and realized additional men met her needs..she requested a divorce and that I leave my children and home...I refused to leave..And.
Over the period of 6 or 7 months I was there 24/7 with my children as she explored her new enlightenment...finally I agreed to leave and was granted an order by the court for custody of one of my children and was to leave on a Monday...on the previous Friday afternoon I arrived home and was packing my car with my daughter when three police vehicles appeared with three very prejudiced Law Enforcement Officers..two women with a Restraint Order and Order to Leave The Premises Immediately...
.She had lied to the court informing them I was abusive and had numerous weapons in the residence....She had this done in front of my three children in an effort to make me appear a danger...Not only did the Officers look throughout the house...They conducted and Illegal search of my vehicle. .My daughter and I left and my son soon followed...They have chose to live with me...In the Law Enforcement world we call this the "Weekend Annulment" as on Saturday one of her many boyfriends ...a Social Worker himself...came to visit her..
.This incident backfired as the children who are young teenagers were going to testify against her and her behavior...I thank God everyday for her stupidity and selfishness....A word to all Police Officer's....the RO will come during a battled custody issue......
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