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Family Court HELL [Paperback]

Mark Harris
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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: 21.6 x 14 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 417,350 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

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 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An utter Human rights abuse. 6 Jun 2008
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An excellent book that details the inner workings of a family court system that fails children and parents alike. Never before has any publication ever been allowed to say anything about family proceedings in such detail in a real case-but FAMILY COURT HELL does just that. One hundred and thirty three hearings and thirty three judges all failed to give these children their dad. Instead, these little girls had to take on the legal system for themselves. The detailed corruption of expert witneses, judges and CAFCASS staff, NAMED AND SHAMED makes this a must read book for anyone whose been to a family court.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking, gripping, essential 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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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whatever happened to the Children Act.... 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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY 29 Jun 2007
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To Jail a father for waving to his children while knowing that the mothers boyfriend was abusing the children beggars belief. The more this case is made public knowledge the quicker change for the good of all will arrive. So good to read how the girls took on the courts and won!
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5.0 out of 5 stars not so 'family' Court. 9 Sep 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Worst case scenario 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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret family Courts exposed 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Compelling Reading
I have been in the family court system and I fully understand what he is writing about. He writes a true account of the injustices he had to endure in the English family courts. Read more
Published 4 months ago by G. Christophorou
3.0 out of 5 stars Faily sensationalised
I bought this book wondering if it would cover the due process of family court appeal in detail and was left short. Read more
Published 23 months ago by omar1422
5.0 out of 5 stars Stolen children
Mark Harris' book is brilliant but does not chronicle the role played by local authorities or what happens to the stolen children

Like Mark I have been accused of... Read more
Published 23 months ago by WW
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST read book .
This book is a must read for any Father or Mother who have or are about to go through the family court to gain contact with their children , despite the FACT that Mark wanted to... Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2010 by Ruby
5.0 out of 5 stars A brave man
The most shocking thing about this book is the probability that it is entirely true. There is a common misconception amongst those with no knowledge of the English legal system... Read more
Published on 3 July 2009 by M. J. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing changes
The shame of this continues. In a way I wish I had not read it because my son is suffering now from his ex who says whatever it takes to make sure she gets her way regarding... Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2009 by BeeReader
5.0 out of 5 stars a catalogue of injustice
The problem with complaining about any system especially one as powerful as the divorce courts you are taking on the establishment and any complainant it branded as a... Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2008 by Peter Wade
5.0 out of 5 stars why
why are these courts allowed to get away with it i feel so sorry for mark and his girls
i know mark and his daughter lisa
he taught my daughter to drive she liked him and... Read more
Published on 7 July 2008 by Mrs. Carol J. Damerell
5.0 out of 5 stars The courts where some are more equal than others before the law
The most elementary principle of justice in a democracy is that all are held to be equal in the eyes of the law. Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2008 by Post enlightenment
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