Alienated from your child? A father asks for help

The mother of my child is refusing to give me access despite paternity test. What do I do? Reprinted from Parent24, by Athenkosi Mndende – 2022-01-20 Many parents email us with heavy hearts stating that they are being alienated from their children. Parental alienation happens when one parent refuses the other parent access to their child for no specific or real […]

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New family court launched by Lamola

New family court aims to provide specialist services at branch level

New family court seeks to reduce domestic violence President Cyril Ramaphosa has repeatedly expressed his commitment to eradicating our “second pandemic” – gender-based violence, domestic violence and femicide. We recently wrote about the Domestic Violence Amendment Bill, which seeks to strengthen the existing provisions of the Domestic Violence Act, most notably by introducing a domestic […]

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When children become unwitting weapons in the battle between the exes

The only winners in high-conflict divorces are the attorneys and advocates. Reprinted from the Daily Maverick, by Michael Collins – 2021-03-02 First published in the Daily Maverick 168 weekly newspaper. When my ex-partner, the mother of our two children, both younger than 10, drove out the gates with the children seven years ago, things were amicable between […]

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The impact of parental alienation on a child

Parental alienation harms the child more than the parent As tempting as it might be for an aggrieved parent suffering through an acrimonious divorce to want to portray the other parent in the worst possible light, the individual who suffers the most is the child. “Deliberate parental alienation harms the child more than the parent,” says […]

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“I co-parent with my ex, but he threatens me and expects sex”

It’s time to free yourself from your manipulative former husband, says Mariella Frostrup Reprinted from the Guardian – 2020-09-06 This reader’s dilemma from the UK’s Guardian newspaper caught our eye. It is not uncommon for divorced co-parents to continue in an emotionally dependent and unhealthy relationship. The constant contact of raising children can make it […]

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