Up To Parents (www.uptoparents.org) has released a new series of four short, free YouTube videos explaining why custody evaluations almost never help parents achieve their child’s best interests, are frequently highly destructive–even deadly–and always cost far more than they’re worth. Charlie Asher, JD, founded Up To Parents to empower parental autonomy. The website offers free programs, materials, and services for parents in custody disputes. Asher explains that court-appointed psychologists can point to no science whatsoever supporting their opinions, recommendations, or testimony, yet are regularly forced on parents by courts and lawyers. The field of Psychology has itself disavowed most custody evaluations, and as a result their only use is in a legal context, where parents and courts can be fooled into believing in their validity.
Asher explains how parents can do much better for themselves–with a little positive reinforcement by a neutral, responsible dispute resolution professional. He notes that there are many such professionals available who are not tainted by the ideology-intoxicated Domestic Dispute Industry. Parenting is not about law–or usually even about psychology–it’s about disagreement and an inability to focus on the “weightier matters” while in the heat of battle.
Yet parents are rarely told that they can chose any mediator they want. They’re instead told that a court-recommended evaluator or mediator has special training. Often that training is not to suit the needs of the parents or their children–but the courts, lawyers, or outside groups with an agenda that is often adverse to litigants and their children. Asher explains that parents, freed from the induced conflict that enriches Domestic Dispute Industry professionals, can and will do at least as good a job as the well-paid help.
Tune in for Asher’s new video below explaining how the Domestic Dispute Industry is trained and paid to work against your interests–and charge you for the honor of listening to their nonsense.
Learn how you-not your lawyer, judges, police, friends, parents, or others–are your most important ally in domestic strife. You’re stronger than you think.
Interview With Clinical Psychologist, Former Child Custody Evaluator, and Co-Parenting Educator, Dr. Michael Shean