layperson who had little experience with the legal system other than a brief,uncontested divorce.They were eager to show anyone who would listen reams of documentation toback up their horror stories about injustice they had suffered at the hands of the courts. Even the most callous listener could not help but express moralindignation at ex-wives who used children as pawns to gain an edge in a
property settlement, greedy lawyers who milked until they were broke thendropped them like hot potatoes, and mental health professionals who wouldslant their testimony to trick the courts into depriving fathers of the right to seetheir children. While telling their tales, many fathers would break down andcry, unable to continue or answer questions about their dilemma through their grief.I was given ream after ream of depositions; court transcripts; audiocassettes
of sessions with therapists which conflicted with the testimony the practitioner
had given under oath in court; letters from expert witnesses testifying to thebias in the court; books and treatises written by researchers lambasting the"domestic violence industry;" and psychological tests administered bysympathetic therapists which proved the fathers were good, stable, law-abiding citizens. Because of my mental health background working withemotionally disturbed adolescents, I gradually became a sought-after
commodity at meetings where they would discuss the importance of having afather in a child's life.Fathers often asked innocuous sounding questions about how the MMPI andMCMI were structured. As they realized my clinical training, which included
extensive knowledge about these psychological tests which often swayed
judges, could help them gain an edge in their litigation, fathers began to flock
to me and ask questions about psychology. I would recommend obscure
books and scientific journals, which they would immediately read, then enjoydiscussing their emerging knowledge of psychology.In retrospect, the extreme gratitude these men expressed over such trivialrecommendations should have been a warning sign that something wasamiss. However, at the time, I was flattered.
The second wife, new girlfriend, or female sympathizer of the Father'sRights movement is a queen amongst a retinue of attentive servants.
Nomountain is too great to move for these men hungry for female approval. If you mention your car needs work, you'll awaken to find a man in your
driveway cheerfully changing your oil. If your palace has a chip of paint