Item description for Family Court HELL by Mark Harris...
SYNOPSIS; This is one man's harrowing story of frustration and determination as he battled for access rights to his young daughters following the bitter break up of his marriage. Incredibly, his was a journey that spanned almost ten years, with 133 hearings before 33 different judges and which reportedly cost the taxpayer almost one million pounds UK Sterling. What should have been a 'simple child access dispute' somehow resulted in this innocent family man effectively being criminalized by the family courts, resulting in two stretches on the A Wing of London's notorious Pentonville Prison, which housed convicted murderers, terrorists, gun runners and drug dealers. Mark Harris eventually took his case public and the international campaign for fathers' rights took off-with the formation of Fathers 4 Justice. This is a shocking story that deserves to be told.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.11" Width: 5.35" Height: 0.87" Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Release Date Jun 17, 2007
Publisher Pen Press Publishers Ltd
ISBN 1906206120 ISBN13 9781906206123
Availability 0 units.
More About Mark Harris
Mark Harris (1922-2007) is the author of a famous quartet of baseball novels-including "Bang the Drum Slowly"-as well as "Something about a Soldier," "Speed," and "The Talemaker," All are available as Bison Books.
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Shocking inside story of the family courts, by Stephen Baskerville, author of Taken Into Custody Feb 26, 2008
Family Court Hell goes inside the closed family court proceedings of one particular case and details the horror that took place during a ten-year nightmare by a father simply trying to see his three daughters following a divorce.
Unbelievably, the author, Mark Harris, was cut off from his three daughters for years by a legal system that not only accepted that his children all wanted to see him, but also accepted that he had done nothing wrong. Not only did the court legally seperate him from his children, the court then refused to enforce its own orders that authorized limited contact between the dad and his children. Instead, the family law system simply took away his rights.
As any parent might be expected to do, Harris looked for any means to see his daughters. He took to waving to them most mornings when they were being driven to school. For this act of unauthorized parenting, Harris was jailed without trial.
As the years passed, Harris continued to try to see his children around the town and started the protest movement that led to the formation of Fathers 4 Justice.
The Courts accepted that the children still wanted to see him but stopped this hapening. Harris stepped up the protests and led other aggrieved dads on public demonstrations..
Exposure of the anti dad family courts. Dec 2, 2007
This is a truly shocking story of what is believed to be the world's very worst child access case ever. The author, Mark Harris, had to go to the family courts an incredible 133 times before 33 different judges to see his much loved daughters in his ten year battle for access to them. During this time, he got jailed twice for a total of 129 days for waving to his kids while their mother just refused to comply with his visitation rights that were ordered by the courts. But Harris never gave up, instead he took to public protest and is believed to be the very first father worldwide to stage a roof-top protest to see his kids. Harris then led various fathers groups in marches to courthouses, judges private homes and government offices-and from his case the Fathers 4 Justice movement began. His efforts and determination were eventually rewarded when two of his girls ran away to him from their mother. Then the court simply faxed Harris a residence order and that was it-all over. The third daughter then followed within hours. A truly inspiring read for anyone whose been unfairly treated by the family law system anywhere. Buy it, read it and read it again.