Washington House Bill 2237: Testimony
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by Tina Swithin
1M ago
On Wednesday, January 17, 2024, I prepared testimony in opposition of Washington's HB 2237 and I am told there were over 20 people waiting to testify against this legislation when the meeting ended (time constraints). It is very important to note, the Washington Superior Court Judges’ Association (SCJA) were key authors, contributing to this bill. Definite red flags for me. I was able to provide written testimony, and I encourage you to do the same by clicking here. Here is my submitted testimony: “My name is Tina Swithin. I am providing testimony in strong opposition, on b ..read more
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Washington State Family Court Reform
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by Tina Swithin
1M ago
At One Mom’s Battle (OMB), we try to keep our finger on the pulse of legislation around the country. With fifty OMB chapters here in the United States, we often have a front row seat to the horrors taking place in family court houses across the country. For the past few years, Washington has been on our radar as a state that is failing survivors and children. Instead of moving forward in a positive direction, there are several pieces of legislation in the pipeline that will make things even worse for survivors of domestic abuse. We cannot afford to go backwards further. We must come together a ..read more
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Advocating for Survivor Justice: California SB 662
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by Tina Swithin
1M ago
Urgent call to action: we need your help! Survivors in court need to have a record of what happens in court. Senate Bill 662 allows electronic recording when a court reporter is not available. Right now, no court reporter means no record!  If the bill is not voted out of committee, it will die! When: Monday, January 8, 2023 - Friday, January 12th How: Create an account/Log in and submit a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee  &/or write a letter via email/prepare to call directly (use the contact info below) What to Write/Say: I am a parent/advocate i ..read more
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From Family Court to Conservatorship
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by Tina Swithin
2M ago
Long time activist and Family Court Reform Specialist, Elizabeth Peterson, is paying a heavy price for whistleblowing on the dysfunction of Montana’s family courts and for exposing certain Montana judges’ allegiance to the pedophilia-friendly ideology of “parental alienation.”  All eyes are now on Judge Peter Ohman(#AllEyesonJudgePeterOhman) of the Eighteenth District Court to see if he will begin to correct the court-created trauma of the Family Bridges’ modeled parenting plan which was implemented five years ago by Bozeman Montana’s notorious Standing Master Bowen.  Bowen has been ..read more
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Alienation Industry and Reunification Therapy
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by Tina Swithin
5M ago
In 2018, a husband in Maricopa County, Arizona, abandoned his wife and four children. He was gone for five years. During this time, the wife was dependent on her mother to pay the mortgage on the home. The divorce was finalized on October 28, 2021, but an egregious error left the home out of the final decree. In April 2022, the mother was awarded the home, but signed it over to her mother who was financially supporting her daughter, and grandchildren.  In November 2022, the father asked for intense reunification to begin again.  A minute entry was then submitted with an order by ..read more
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Rebranding “Parental Alienation” into Coercive Control
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by Tina Swithin
6M ago
In a three-year family court battle, this week is a critical one for a Connecticut mother by the name of Karen Riordan and her three adopted children: Mia, 16, Matthew, 16, and Sawyer, 13. On April 24th, 2020, the three teens were separated from Riordan and forced to live with their father and Riordan’s ex-husband, Chris Ambrose, a now-disgraced film writer and producer. Three years later, Mia, Matthew, and Sawyer remain under his primary legal custody, despite substantive claims and evidence of abuse against Ambrose and the teens’ collective desire to live with their mother. When we spoke to ..read more
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California Family Court System
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by Tina Swithin
6M ago
Dear Assemblymember Chris Holden and Appropriations Committee, Today, Piqui’s Law (SB 331 -Rubio) sits in the Appropriation Committee’s suspense folder. We briefly celebrated the fact that it did not die but we are not naïve, I know the suspense folder is where bills go to die. The suspense file is currently cradling the lives of California’s children - children's lives are literally dependent on this bill moving forward. I would like to share my family court journey with you: Fourteen years ago (August 29, 2009), I woke to a series of terrifying voicemails from my (now) ex-husband, these voic ..read more
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San Diego Family Court System
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by Tina Swithin
7M ago
Mia, age 16, and her younger sister, Ava, age 14, were both sent to Linda Gottlieb’s reunification camp, Turning Points for Families. This happened in the fall of 2022 after their biological father accused their mother (primary attachment figure and preferred parent) of “parental alienation.”  The girls completed the reunification camp and the 90-day black out period where they were prohibited from seeing their mother, or their mother’s family. In journal entries that Mia shared with us, she describes being coerced and threatened by the owner of the camp, Linda Gottlieb. Linda's demands f ..read more
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Survivors: Grieving Who You Once Were
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by Tina Swithin
7M ago
For the longest time, I have held tightly to an image of who I was before I gave away my power to sociopaths, criminals and the racket of the family court system. I see memories on social media or old pictures taunting me and I think to myself, “That is who I want to be, that is who I want to return to…that is who I am.” Then, I feel sad and discouraged because it feels unobtainable, like she is beyond my reach no matter how far backwards I go. I don't even know her anymore. I am desperately searching in the darkness, trying to find her but she continues to evade me. Sometimes it feels li ..read more
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Colorado Custody Evaluator Mark Kilmer
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by Tina Swithin
9M ago
Guest blog by the Colorado State Chapter of OMB: On Friday, June 2nd the Department of Regulatory Affairs (DORA) in Colorado heard a complaint that was filed by a mother, Lauren May Woodruff, who had Mark Kilmer of Colorado appointed as a parental responsibility evaluator in her divorce and custody case. The hearing was on a public Zoom meeting and many protective mothers and even a journalist were listeners. The mother is also at the forefront of a class-action lawsuit against Kilmer that alleges he produces biased evaluations that favor abusive parents. The  Colorado Boar ..read more
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