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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


 

Amy

 

Dr. Phil addresses his audience, which is filled with families who have struggled in family court. Many of them have heartbreaking stories similar to Katie. Dr. Phil calls on Amy, who stands and shares her story:

"My children, Duncan and Jack, March 29 will be the year anniversary date from when they were found," she says, struggling to hold back her tears. "I fought relentlessly for their father to continue to have supervised visits. After his sixth unsupervised visit on March 8, he failed to return them to me. He told me he was going to do this to them, but nobody listened. He failed to return them. He proceeded to," she pauses, taking a breath, "drug them. He stabbed my youngest, and then he took the ultimate cowardly way out, and he hung himself. My babies are no longer here. They no longer have a voice. But I have to make sure that this does not happen to any other children."

Katie wipes her tears as she listens to Amy's story.

Amy continues. "No other parent can feel this pain, because there are no words for this pain. It is unbelievable. There's not a second, there's not a minute that goes by that I don't think about them," she says.

Amy shows a photo of Duncan and Jack, ages 7 and 9.

"Nobody listened," Dr. Phil says.

Amy shakes her head no.

Katheen speaks up. "Dr. Phil, what we haven't touched on yet is there is a cottage industry of appointees that the court forces parents to go to that are profiting off this family violence," she says. "It is not in their financial interests to resolve the conflict between two parents, because their fees will go away. We know moms who've been in the system for 18 years, and these professionals are not regulated, their fees are not regulated, and they are bankrupting these families, and they are making a profit by placing these children in harm's way."

 

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