Everyone has heard or read stories of individuals who have been affected by the Family Court Industry.  We here at the Daily Counter have and continue to write about Family Courts and it’s victims.  But this article is different…

In Society today we see suicide rates rise, we see children carrying guns, we see children dying and for most people, it’s just a story on a page or on a screen. But for others, it’s more. It’s their family, their son or daughter, their grandchild, their brother or sister.  This Journalist began asking the question of what of the Aftermath of Family Court involvement.

As always, we will only use verifiable facts in this article and hope to show the side of Family Courts no one really sees or hears.


Dr. Karin Huffer

This Trauma is closely related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.  LAS was first coined by Dr. Karin Huffer as she spent over 20 years of her life studying PTSD.  Dr. Huffer found that many victims of the legal system suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She identified this as Legal Abuse Syndrome, brought on by the abusive and protracted litigation, prevalent in our courts. According to Dr. Huffer, you may be suffering from Legal Abuse Syndrome if you feel deeply disillusioned and oppressed as a result of your experience with the legal system; if you feel you were frustrated in obtaining justice; if you feel your dreams and plans for your life were torn from you by a system that is supposedly there to protect your rights and property; if you fear that the system will defeat you at every turn and there is nothing you can do about it, and if you feel that you have been victimized several times over, by the perpetrators, by lawyers, judges, bailiffs, and other court personnel. As a consequence you may suffer from tension and anxiety, recurring nightmares you may feel emotionally and physically exhausted, numb, disconnected and vulnerable.

Dr. Huffer describes LAS as a Public Health Issue in several interviews she did.

To simply state parents who suffer from LAS begin to show mental fatigue, disconnection from people around them, paranoia, etc..  This is the same for children who suffer from LAS, but in a different aspect.  Children who suffer from LAS do not have the mental tools one develops in life to cope with such traumatic events.  They begin to isolate themselves, feeling no one loves them, self-blaming.  In severe cases, even self-harm or harming others in order to cope with the abuse of the Family Courts who are systematically destroying their families.  This fact can be seen in the statistical number of young children who have in recent years gone on to shoot at schools.  Most of these shooters come from homes that have had their families abused by the Family Court Industry.

Parental Alienation Syndrome or PAS:

Dr. Richard Gardner

Parental alienation syndrome (PAS) is a term introduced by child psychiatrist Richard Gardner in 1985 to describe a distinctive suite of behaviors in children that includes showing extreme but unwarranted fear, disrespect or hostility towards a parent. Gardner believed that a set of behaviors that he observed in some families involved in child custody litigation could be used to diagnose psychological manipulation or undue influence of a child by a parent, typically by the other parent who may be attempting to prevent an ongoing relationship between a child and other family members after family separation or divorce.

This behavior begins not necessarily with Family Court involvement but is encouraged by the Court Industry to prolong litigation for financial gains.  Attorney’s often use a winner take all mentality in litigation causing one party to sometimes begin PAS believing they are entitled to sole custody.  The Family Courts continue this by placing one PARENT as what is known in legal terms as a NON-CUSTODIAL PARENT.  Meaning the Courts halt one parent’s right to be a parent to their child and place restrictions on visitation and interactions with their child/children.  In most cases, the child begins to believe that the restricted parent is bad.  And in extreme cases feels unloved by the restricted parent due to not being allowed time with the child as wanted or needed.


The suicide rate jumped between 2007 and 2017, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people behind accidents, according to the Washington Post.

The suicide rate for ages 10 to 14 almost tripled between 2007 and 2017.  For teenagers 15 to 19, the rate surged 76 percent in that decade.  According to a CDC report, one story we found was that of a 6-year-old who took his own life due to the fact he was not allowed to see his father whom the child loved.


15,000 to 18,000 on average of Father’s commit suicide each year due to custody issues and prevention by the Family Court industry from seeing their child/children according to a 2017 report.  Parents are left suffering from PTSD and LAS, with no money to continue their fights for their children.  One can read hundreds of stories online of parents who have felt the despair and taken their own life.  What is amazing to this Journalist is that mainstream media hardly covers these stories.

I have spoken to children who are now adults, who have lost a parent due to the above-mentioned cause.  Some were angry and still are in this Judicial Industry for causing their parent to be erased from their life.  While others wonder what they as children could have done to prevent it.  But all stated the same thing… a hole is left in their soul.

It is a fact that the Family Courts are a Court of Financial gain for Attorneys and sometimes Judges, but at what cost to the children and the parents?

Since 2018 one can begin seeing a change.  20 States have now passed Shared Parenting Laws to ensure that children do not lose a parent from their life.  It is the hope of many advocates for such changes that the fore mentioned issues will decrease.  These changed do not come as easy as many state advocates and legislators have told us.  They fight a battle against an old system and lots of money.  Family Courts are a $50 Billion Industry within the United States.

House Representative Jason Eliott

South Carolina has a Shared Parenting Bill (H3295) sponsored by House Representative Jason Eliott which includes 11 co-sponsors.  Many parents hope that this bill will pass and bring about the much-needed change for South Carolina children and families.



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