Dr Gardner Ruined Family Court 40 Years Ago By Making Parental Alienation the Worst Offense
Richard A. Gardner, M.D. was a psychiatrist from New Jersey who devised “Parental Alienation Syndrome.”
Before Gardner committed suicide, he traveled worldwide advocating for widespread acceptance of Parental Alienation Syndrome.
When Gardner spoke about “The Parental Alienation Syndrome” on June 24, 1999 at his “One Day Symposium at the Open University in The Netherlands,” he told family court lawyers and vendors gathered there:
“So, I’m going to tell you what I’m going to say first. And that is, that the legislators have power to give judges power to cure the disease Parental Alienation Syndrome. I repeat, the legislators have the power to empower judges, to cure, to prevent the Parental Alienation Syndrome. If the legislators do not give the judges the power to cure this disease, it will continue to grow… and get worse and worse.”
Gardner recommended: Jail time for protective parents who try to protect children from sexual abuse.
He recommended “Threat Therapy” for children who resist spending time with parents who molest them.
Attorneys and guardians ad litem are to tell sexually abused children that the protective parent will be jailed unless the children “visit” with the identified perpetrator.
Protective parents are labeled mentally ill and are only allowed to “visit” the children they tried to protect under “therapeutic supervision.”
All discussion of disclosed abuse and future abuse is prohibited.
Richard Ducote, a lawyer, explains:
The problem with this whole line of parental alienation testimony is it’s a concept that has very dubious and troublesome rootings and
origins. And it was founded by this Richard Gardner, who has very bizarre sexual theories.
And this is a defense for people who are indeed caught abusing their kids. And all it does is, it takes the symptoms of abuse and redefines it as symptoms of alienation, which is a circular defense.
Under this parental alienation and parental alienation syndrome, child abuse is the only crime that has a built-in defense.
You just say it’s alienation, and every symptom of the abuse is just simply called “evidence” of alienation.
Ducote cross examined parental alienation expert, Robert A. Evans PhD in 2021.
Dr. Robert A Evans helps fathers win custody and avoid prison for pedophilia.