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Crisis in Family Court

Dr. Phil shines a light on the American family court system, and how often it fails its citizens. From restraining orders to custody battles, hear heartbreaking stories that many say prove the system needs a major overhaul.

From a Child's Perspective


Dr. Phil meets with "Stephanie," a teen in disguise. She bravely speaks about her experiences.

Stephanie tearfully explains what happened when she was a child and why she's now worried about her little sister.


"Tell me about the court and the judge. How did that come about?" Dr. Phil asks the teen.

Hear Stephanie's account of how she tried to protect her sister.

Dr. Phil leans in and tells Stephanie, "I'm sorry. I get it. I get it, OK? There's no other way to put it than to say the system has failed you, and it is failing you, and I get that. We're using this platform, we're using your thoughts, your sentiments, your experiences, to try to raise awareness about this, to try to change this system. I am so proud of you for speaking out about this … You need to believe me when I say none of this is your fault, and we're working on this."

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