Tag Archives: parental alienation

Mothers on Trial: a Book Review


When I started Perils of Divorced Pauline, I thought I was a freak of nature, the only mother I knew on the brink of losing custody of her child (which, in fact, happened this past June). During the course of … Continue reading

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On the Anniversary of a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Birthday


Luca has agreed to let me take him out for lunch for his 14th birthday tomorrow. It will be the first time I’ve seen him since February, when I took him out for a Valentine’s Dinner that did not go … Continue reading

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Luca’s Phone Call


I missed Luca’s phone call a couple weeks ago. Francesca and I were coming back from my dad’s memorial. Our plane was delayed and we had camped out on the floor of a tiny airport on the east coast. I … Continue reading

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How Atticus Got His Son Back


Atticus Eastwood is not my current husband’s real name. But that’s what I call him here because he reminds me of Gregory Peck’s character in To Kill a Mockingbird: reserved, with a strong moral compass, willing to do the jobs … Continue reading

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He’s Got My Whole World in His Hands


I just got word from a reliable source¬†that my custody evaluator, whom I will refer to here as God because that’s the kind of power he has, is a “Fathers’ Rights Guy.” According to my source, I’m screwed. Let me … Continue reading

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Mother and Child Un-Reunion


I was adopted when I was six days old. It was an old-school, politically incorrect, pre-Brangelina-era adoption in which the records were closed. My original birth certificate was sealed, and with it my original identity. I knew nothing about my … Continue reading

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Prince Machiavelli Wants Custody of My Kids


A few years ago, after the mortar from my divorce proceedings had settled, and my life was approaching something that vaguely resembled normalcy, I decided that if my ex-husband, Prince Machiavelli, ever sued me for full custody of our two … Continue reading

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