I've had many fathers say they were falsely accused of domestic violence or child abuse during their custody cases. Bryan passed a lie detector test, yet he still can't see his daughter. When I asked him how he feels about this he said, "I am completely outraged and frustrated that my parental rights have been terminated without so much as single hearing. I was never charged with anything. I was found guilty without a trial."
The opponents to joint physical custody like to point to studies that show an epidemic of false accusations of sexual abuse during custody cases does not exist. I've never claimed it does. But the truth of the matter is you don't need an epidemic to see that is does happen, and that it needs to be stopped. Since I purchased the book From Madness to Mutiny, Amy Neustein's adult daughter, Sherry Orbach wrote an article for The Jewish Press. On May 27, 2005 she wrote, "For eighteen years (I am now 24), I was silent as my mother spun lie upon lie about my father and me. The truth, however, is that my father never sexually abused me, and that reporters and alleged victims' advocates who supported my mother chose to retell her lies without adequately checking the facts."
Bryan continued, "My daughter is suffering and I am powerless to help her. If I do anything aggressive I will be perceived as a domestic violence committing man and confirm her false allegations. If I sit back and wait for the wheels of 'justice' I'm perceived not to care about my daughter. It makes me feel extremely sad, depressed and angry at all the professionals that claim to be 'looking out for the best interest of the child' when clearly they could care less."
Fathers often tell me once they are caught up in the web of family court, false accusations, supervised visitations and alienation, they can't get out, no matter how innocent they are, how much proof they have, nor how great a parent they are. Because of the "best interest of the child" standard, judges can do pretty much anything they want, including keeping good, fit, loving parents from their children. Jeffrey echoed a sentiment I hear often in the Fathers Movement, "My patriotism, faith in the justice system, respect for attorneys, judges and the like - all gone. My belief in the basic fundamentals of my country based on our Constitution which was fought for - evaporated."
Bias In The Courts