I was reading a favourite poem again recently, Cloths of Heaven, by Yeats.
“Had I the heavens embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with gold and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths,
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor,
have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because
You tread on my dreams.”
Well, the final quarter of 2019 and early 2020 will be fraught, but in a good way as I’m getting an opportunity many practitioners dream of, namely the chance to globe trot in pursuit of best practice in the ongoing quest to bring an end to parental estrangement and alienation.
I won a scholarship this time last year to attend the international Association of Family and Conciliation Courts week long conference in Washington DC.
There, I attended a lecture given by a retired Judge and contacted him when I returned to the UK last June to say I thought his ideas were great and we were in accord in so many regards. He lives in Israel and scheduled a call with me. As expected, we had so much in common and it was great to hear he has such influence as an international Jurist with a particular interest and specialism in parental alienation.
He contacted me recently to say he was coming to the UK to give a lecture to Judges, barristers and solicitors on the legal remedies to parental alienation. As a consequence, I will shortly be visiting Isreal to work through the implications of like-minded practice.
The positive implications of a global accord on parental alienation practice and upstream reform are one of the reasons why I persist in what can be a very testing discipline at times. Parenta alienation seems to be spreading with the help of social media networks and remedial practice to combat it has to adapt as it is doubtless contributing to an epidemic of childhood misery and adult tragedy in countriesdas diverse as Spain through to Japan.
Watch this space for details of the conference and most importantly, what happens next.
Prior to the International Society of Family Law Conference in December, Trish will be in Nairobi 4/11/19 – 4/12/19, Children’s Rights and Interests Celebrating 30 Years of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (9/12/19 – 10/12/19) and in Dublin: 21/04/2020 Parental Alienation Conference for Professionals as well as Derry: Lord Chancellor’s Department and Ulster University.