Taken Into Custody: The War Against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family


Taken into Custody' exposes the greatest and most destructive civil rights abuse in America today. Family courts and Soviet-style bureaucracies trample basic civil liberties, entering homes uninvited and taking away people's children at will, then throwing the parents into jail without any form of due process, much less a trial. No parent, no child, no family in America is safe. The legal industry does not want you to hear this story. Radical feminists, bar associations, and social work bureaucracies have ...

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Taken into Custody' exposes the greatest and most destructive civil rights abuse in America today. Family courts and Soviet-style bureaucracies trample basic civil liberties, entering homes uninvited and taking away people's children at will, then throwing the parents into jail without any form of due process, much less a trial. No parent, no child, no family in America is safe. The legal industry does not want you to hear this story. Radical feminists, bar associations, and social work bureaucracies have colluded to suppress this information. Even pro-family" groups and civil libertarians look the other way. Yet it is a reality for tens of millions of Americans who are our neighbors."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581825947
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/25/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 796,385
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Baskerville, Ph.D., a graduate of the London School of Economics and American University, is president of the American Coalition for Fathers of Children and Earhart Fellow at the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society in Washington, D.C. The author of more than seventy articles on fatherhood and family issues, he has appeared widely on national radio and television programs. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     9
Introduction: The Crisis of Fatherhood and Marriage     11
Judicial Kidnapping     29
Divorce and the Constitution     75
Deadbeat Dads or Plundered Pops?     111
Batterers or Protectors?     165
Fathers and Feminism     221
The Politics of Fatherhood     259
Conclusion: Ending the War     281
Notes     311
Index     359
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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    Family Courts in this country are sick, abusive, and destructive

    This book is a fabulously researched, heart breaking, unbelievable but factual presentation of the horrifying abuse of dads in this country. It is shocking. It is mind numbing. It should be at the top of everyone's list of required reading, but unfortunately, the secretive practices of these courts, the strong arm and illegal abuse of those who fight the system, and the failure of the media to make the public aware of this center of domestic terrorism, and destruction of our families, is also strange. It wreaks of communist, totalitarian regimes we all thought were the enemy of democracy. IT is truly unbelievable that we have allowed this sick, corrupt system to wreak havoc across our country and destroy the lives of tens of thousands of healthy, functional Dads and their children every year, in bigger and bigger numbers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2007


    As a father's rights and family values activist for over 20 years, I have read many, many books on the subject of divorce/custody/child support/domestic violence. Stephen Baskerville's, 'TAKEN INTO CUSTODY' is by far the best to date. Dr. Sanford Braver's, 'DIVORCED DADS,Shattering the Myths' did an excellent job of exposing the coruption of the family courts, but Baskerville's book goes even further. He exposes the multitude of profiteers who feed off the divorce industry, and the political agendas of the anti-male idealogues. TAKEN INTO CUSTODY is thoroughly researched and documented, cogently organized, and intellegently written. It should be a MUST READ for anyone interested in the issues of divorce, custody, child support, or corruption in the courts. Paul M. Clements DADD (Dads Against Divorce Discrimination)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2007

    Family courts as the Stalinist Mafia

    This book is nothing short of horrifying. The family law/divorce bureaucracy in America 'and other western countries' is, in reality, a totalitarian arm of the state. In Baskerville's words, 'Divorce today means the invasion and destruction of private life by the state.' 'p. 20'. If you think this is hyperbole, read this book: accounts of innocent citizens 'involuntarily divorced men' imprisoned without trial, unaccountable social service workers who destroy individuals and families with blatantly false accusations, men turned into destitute slaves by outrageous child-support bills, and it goes on and on. In the first chapter, Baskerville notes that, 'As we will see, the astonishing but incontrovertible fact is that with the exception of convicted criminals, no group in our society has fewer rights that fathers...Once a man has a child, he forfeits his most important constitutional rights. And mothers are not immune' 'pp. 33-34'. He then goes on, in the next chapter 'Divorce and the Constitution' to document, in detail, how divorce/family law systematically violates the most basic rights recognized and safeguarded by the Constitution. The chapter Deadbeat Dads or Plundered Pops? lays the hoax, as Baskerville puts it, of the 'Deadbeat Dad' to rest once and for all. Though such creatures exist, they are exceedingly rare. The reality of the situation is that the vast majority of divorced dads are forbidden by law, on pain of imprisonment, to have any contact with their children. Such men have been summarily imprisoned 'without trial' for sending their children birthday cards, saying 'I love you', showing up for a school play or sports event, or even accidentally running across them in public. All of this, of course, despite the fact that they are forced to pay punitive levels of 'child support'. Sadly, even some conservatives have unwittingly bought into this hoax and make a habit of blaming dads who `abandon¿ their families for cultural breakdown. Baskerville exposes how child support obligations came to so incommensurate with its purpose to support a child 'such obligations regularly are far in excess of that needed to provide for a child'. 'Current child support guidelines are largely the creation of one man, who is also the founder and primary owner of the nations largest private debt collection company 'pp. 128ff'. Needless to say, there is conflict of interest here: if someone is not in arrears, such companies have no work. Therefore it was, and is, in the interest of such creeps to keep these bills as high 'and difficult to pay' as possible so as to insure that their services will be needed. Compounding this is the fact that it is in the States' best interest to keep these obligations as high as possible as well. This is because the more outstanding child support obligations a state has, the more federal money they get to enforce child support. Thus, the more unreasonable and onerous the child support obligations are, the more states, like the debt collection agencies, are likely to profit from it. Baskerville reveals that `[c]ontrary to highly publicized but inaccurate figures on the cost of divorce to women, peer-reviewed economic research concluded that 'it is the non-custodial parent, usually the father, who suffers most [from divorce]. In every case and for every income, according to our analyses, the payer of child support is never able to cover household expenditures if paying child support at guideline levels 'p. 116'. A typical sample is cited on page 135, 'one father, who's take-home pay is approximately $1,200...of which he is left $200 to care for a family of four. 'more on pp.144-145' The sad fact is that divorced men have no protection from this oppressive regime they are completely defenseless 'unless they have political connections'. Married men are, of course, at risk should their wife choose to divorce them, they are screwed. Which leads us to another subject, touched on only br

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2007

    A reviewer

    Taken Into Custody,by Stephen Baskerville is an outstanding book. Mr. Baskerville book clearly spells out the flaws of the family court system here in the US. He shows that dad¿s are no different in wanting to care and protect children than that of mothers, yet Family Court judges seem to only supports mothers who want to use a child as an emotional weapon against the fathers. When a dispute about the best interest of child arises, a parent, either a mother or father should have the full-faith and confidence in our judicial system that he and/or she will be given an impartial hearing, one which, protect our ¿life, liberty, or property¿ interests as required by the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. However, Mr. Baskerville books provides stong evidences that this is not the case. Childhood passes without delay of our judicial system & child custody decisions may seem unimportant, but only to those who have never experienced it. This is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2007

    Incredible Expose on the Divorce/Custody System

    The greatest civil rights abuse in the Western world today is the forced removal of children from their parents, usually their fathers, by family courts and social services agencies. Family courts in America and other democracies have almost absolute power to take away people's children without giving any reason, confiscate their property, and incarcerate them without trial, charge, or counsel. These courts operate largely in secret. A virtual publishing blackout has protected this abuse, and until now no comprehensive exposé of this political underworld has appeared. Some fine books by authors like Sanford Braver, Warren Farrell, Jeffery Leving, Dean Tong, and Jed Abraham, have partially broken the silence with gently worded critiques of family law and policy, along with numerous self-published books that reach a more limited audience. But this is the first time a major publisher has revealed the full horror of what is taking place in America's family courts and government bureaucracies. Not only the systematic removal of children from fit and loving parents but the criminalization of the parents, often in complete defiance of constitutional protections and due process of law, is widespread and routine. All assertions are carefully documented by a writer with scholarly credentials (PhD from the London School of Economics and professor of political science at Patrick Henry College). Baskerville not only describes what is happening but explains why, demonstrating the unaccountable power, conflicts-of-interest, and extremist ideology driving the most tyrannical governmental machinery ever to arise in the United States. As such, this book bears comparison with Michael Harrington's The Other America and Upton Sinclair's The Jungle.

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