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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Pen Press Publishers (17 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906206120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906206123
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 563,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" a damning indictment on family law..." -- Western Morning News, 8 July 2007

" criminals walk free amongst us...there's nowhere to put them..instead, we jail a father who waved to his kids..." -- Best Magazine, 30 October 2007.

" surely this case is reason enough why family courts should be open to the public..." -- Daily Mail, 25 June 2007

" the court's did nothing for these children...they were left to get justice for themselves..." -- Richard & Judy, 2 July 2007

" to jail a father for waving to his own children brings the entire legal system in Britain into disrepute..." -- BBC Radio 2, Jeremy Vine Show, 25 June 2007

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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 by 33 judges, and which reportedly cost the taxpayer over GBP1 million. What should have been a "simple contact dispute" somehow resulted in this innocent family man effectively being criminalized by the family courts, resulting in a stretch on the A Wing of the infamous Pentonville prison, which housed convicted murderers, terrorists, gun runners and drug dealers. Mark Harris eventually took his case public and the campaign for fathers' rights took off - with the formation of Fathers 4 Justice. This is a shocking story that deserves to be heard.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robert Macmillan on 17 Jun. 2008
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Those, like me, who thought that British courts believe in dispensing justice need to read this book. It is a shocking story of an ordinary father and his daughters being forced apart by a selfish mother and the British legal system. As a separated man who has fortunately avoided the family court system I find it appalling and terrifying that other men in similar situations have their children taken away from them and their fight for justice brings them misery, poverty and in Harris's case, jail.

Thank you Mark Harris for writing this book. Thank you Lisa Harris for standing up for yourself and your sisters and your father. May all those involved in perpetrating these miscarriages of justice and ruining people's lives read this book and change their ways.

I'm off to join F4J. (I'll look ridiculous in tights.)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Laura Summerfield on 29 Jun. 2007
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As a woman of nearly 40, I have had to live through the pain of never seeing my father or ever knowing him because my parents divorced when I was a baby. I was in tears reading Family Court Hell. The Children Act in 1989 was intended to stop these blights on people's lives, but reading both Mark Harris and his daughter Lisa's accounts of what happened to them proves the Act changed nothing. If the mother wants rid of the father, these dreadful men and women who work as judges seem to facilitate it. As always, only the lawyers gain from what takes place, I think this book with the author's suggestions, should become a vehicle to change the law.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Thomas on 28 Jun. 2007
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Mark Harris is the original Matt O'Connor. He was not prepared to suffer the family courts in silence and they sent him to jail as a result. His tireless efforts to shame judges into making the right decisions and his constant battle to protect his family makes shocking reading. Lisa's contribution to the book brings the children's suffering into focus. The naming and shaming is brave - but that typifies the man who would not desert his daughters.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By broken home child on 9 Sept. 2008
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We had the lie-telling Dr Hamish Cameron in our case too. My own parents divorce was similar to the Harris case in Family Court Hell. Years of dishonest court experts all telling us (I'm the eldest of four sisters) what to say which had to coincide with our mothers' wishes about us seeing our Dad. We even had this appalling Dr Hamish Cameron who, like in the Harris case, lied about our Dad. Cameron is pure evil, corrupt and wicked. The book though is an excellent insight about the injustices of family courts. I do wonder, now aged 20 and looking back, could all of these people abuse children in this way if these courts were fully open to the press and public?
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Essex Dave on 29 Jun. 2007
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Out of all the books I've read by fathers mistreated in the Family Court's, and there are many, Harris is the first to expose the true and appalling way these places operate. Unbelievably, the Courts criminalised this man for wanting to see his children when they also wanted to see him, while knowingly allowing the mothers boyfriend to abuse his kids for years.

The daughters account (Lisa) confirms what all parents know exists; Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS), where [often, but not always] the mother persuades the child to say he/she does not want to see the other parent when they really do, but it suits the purpose of these people in their wigs and tights to pretend PAS simply does not exist.

I've also read the Family Law report on this case in a law library that is refered to in the book (Harris v Harris, Harris v Attorney General), FLR 875, (2001). The law report shockingly details the judge calling the expert witnesses' evidence "positively misleading", but still blindly followed his recommendations with tragic consequences to all concerned. Just why did two of Harris' daughters then aged just 11 & 16 have to take on the army of 33 Judges involved over the years to be with their father? The fact they got what they wanted without any resistance and lived happily ever after only goes to prove the farce and human rights abuses that occurred.

Just how many more of these cases will be uncovered as time passes?

Will the divorce industry ever give fathers the same rights as mothers new boyfriend, that being the legal presumption they can be with their children after seperation from their mother?
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bojan Timotijevic on 21 May 2008
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If you're about to embark on a family court procedure involving your children, I would strongly advise NOT reading this book beforehand. I started reading this after 6 court appearances over a 10 month period of trying (successfully) to stop my daughter from being relocated overseas by ex and her new husband, and reading this beforehand would have destroyed my already fragile frame of mind at the time. It is such a stressful book, that I could only handle a couple of chapters at a time.

I think Mark Harris deserves respect for exposing some of the worst aspects of family courts. Whilst me and my daughter have been lucky to have a perceptive judge, Mark's experience makes the judicial system in this usually progressive and great country look like a sick joke, and I really hope that his effort will have gone some way in changing the norm where the family courts mostly seem to side with the interfering, deceiving parent who only pursue their own selfish interests.
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