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A Site about the Divorce Regime, Family Court Corruption,
and Government's War on Fathers

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

   Taken Into Custody (2007), book by Stephen Baskerville

Just Published by Cumberland House Publishing
The most devastating indictment of the divorce industry ever published.
This book is a tremendous and much-needed report on how family courts and government policies are harming children.
--Phyllis Schlafly, president, Eagle Forum
Order your copy now at Amazon.com's special price of $16.47 and bring this book to the attention of others.

Read syndicated columns by Phyllis Schlafly and Michael McManus on Taken Into Custody.

Read the review in Human Events, the influential news weekly.

See the highly perceptive review by Todd M. Anglialoro in Inside Catholic.

Stephen interviewed on the Albert Mohler Radio ProgramTaken Into Custody featured on Albert Mohler's Blog.

Stephen Appears on
The Dennis Prager Show

and the
Michael Medved Show

and dozens of other radio interviews

To Discuss
Taken Into Custody

Over the last few weeks, I have appeared on dozens of radio broadcasts in the United States, Canada, and Australia, to discuss Taken Into Custody.  Michael Medved and Dennis Prager are two of the highlights.

These interviews have been made possible by your purchase of autographed copies of Taken Into Custody from the American Coalition for Fathers and Children.  Proceeds from these sales have helped procure these interviews.  To buy an autographed copy of Taken Into Custody, please go to www.acfc.org, where you should click at the icon for the book.  My thanks to ACFC, and all who have contributed to this campaign.

Thanks too to the many people who have been helping to arrange radio interviews.  Once again, if you have media contacts, please notify them.  Radio is the single best way to publicize a book. 

On the cover of Touchstone magazine, "Divorced from Reality"

“Welfare and the ‘Road to Serfdom,’” Issue Brief, Institute for Policy Innovation, 15 June 2007.

My latest scholarly article is just published in the Independent Review:

“From Welfare State to Police State,” The Independent Review, vol. 12, no 3 (Winter 2008).

"The Failure of 'Family Policy'" is just published in the January 2008 issue of Chronicles, a highly respected magazine of politics and culture.

Listen to the October 11, 2006 interview on Milt Rosenberg’s Extension 720, one of the nation’s most influential radio shows.
Milt Rosenberg's Extension 720 Radio Show

Read “What God Hath Joined Together" in MovieGuide.com.

See the highlights from the Michigan rally on September 27, 2006.

Read major articles about the divorce industry and the truth behind the “fatherhood crisis” in these mainstream publications:

On the cover of Touchstone magazine, "Divorced from Reality"

The divorce regime is the most totalitarian institution ever to arise in the United States. Its operatives in the family courts and the social service agencies recognize no private sphere of life. "The power of family court judges is almost unlimited," according to Judge Robert Page of the New Jersey family court. "Social workers are perceived to have nearly unlimited power," a San Diego Grand Jury concludes. "Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Total immunity [enjoyed by social workers] is absolute power."

The divorce regime is responsible for much more than "ugly divorces," "nasty custody battles," and other clichés. It is the most serious perpetrator of human and constitutional rights violations in America today. Because it strikes the most basic institution of any civilization - the family - the divorce regime is a threat not only to social order but to civil freedom. It is also almost completely unopposed. No political party and no politicians question it. No journalists investigate it in any depth. A few attorneys have spoken out, but they are eventually suspended or disbarred. Some academics have written about it, but they soon stop. No human rights or civil liberties groups challenge it, and some positively support it. Very few "pro-family" lobbies question it. This is because the divorce regime operates through money, political power, and fear.

The divorce regime is much more serious than simply "unfairness" or "gender bias" against fathers in custody proceedings. It is the government’s machine for destroying the principal check on its power - the family - and criminalizing its main rival: fathers. The most basic human and constitutional rights are routinely violated in America’s family courts. The lives of children and parents are in serious danger once they are, as the phrase goes, taken into "custody." Systemic conflicts-of-interest among government and private officials charged with child custody, child support, child protection, and connected matters have created a witch hunt against plainly innocent citizens.

The terror of the divorce regime is not a future possibility; it is a present reality. The following methods are currently employed by family courts and other government agents. These practices are now widespread in America:

  • mass incarcerations without trial or charge
  • forced confessions
  • children forcibly separated from parents who are under no suspicion of legal wrongdoing and parents stripped of the care, custody, and companionship of their children without explanation
  • government agents entering the homes, demanding and examining private papers and personal effects, and seizing the property of citizens who are under no suspicion of legal wrongdoing
  • official court records, including hearing tapes and transcripts, doctored and falsified with the knowledge of court officials and evidence fabricated against the innocent
  • defendants denied the constitutional right to face their accusers
  • bureaucratic police authorized to issue subpoenas and arrest warrants against parents, with no hearing and contrary to due process of law
  • special courts created specifically to process parents for political offenses
  • forced labor facilities created specifically for parents
  • children instructed to hate their parents with the backing of government officials
  • children forced by government officials to act as informers against their parents
  • children abused and killed with the backing of government officials
  • knowingly false allegations, for which no evidence is presented, accepted as fact without proof, overturning the presumption of innocence, and not punished when demonstrated to be untrue
  • parents ordered by government officials to separate from their spouses, on pain of losing their children
  • parents forced to pay the private fees of court officials they have not hired and whose services they have not sought or used, on pain of incarceration
  • parents suspected of no legal wrongdoing punitively stripped of their property and income, sometimes at gunpoint, and reduced to penury
  • government officials using the mass media to vilify private American citizens, and political leaders using their offices as platforms to verbally attack private American citizens, who have no right of reply or opportunity to defend themselves
  • parents jailed without trial reportedly beaten, in at least one case fatally, and denied medical attention while in police custody.

I have made these charges in some of the most reputable publications in the English language. They have never been refuted. Yet neither have they been corrected or even addressed by public officials, the media, or academics.

This site will tell you the truth about the divorce regime. It contains virtually all my published works - over 70 articles - on the fatherhood crisis and the corruption of the divorce industry (except book reviews and radio commentaries). For better or worse, these are the most strongly worded writings to appear on this subject in mainstream publications.

I am heavily indebted for the many letters, stories, documents, clippings, studies, citations, books, e-mail communications, and telephone calls - collected and sent to me by hundreds, perhaps thousands of people. It is not possible to name all these people, and many prefer not to be named.

Stephen Baskerville
March 2007



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Texas Car Accident Laws

States do not usually have legislation on whether– or when– insurance holders that enter into a vehicle mishap need to report the mishap to their automobile insurance company, and Texas is no exception so finding car accident lawyers in Austin, TX is a very important. 

Texas regulation needs drivers to submit a Crash Record, Form CR-2 within ten days when the mishap is not checked out by a police officer and also it results in injury, fatality, or home damage greater than $1,000 (Sec. 601.004). When you’ve identified every person is secure, you must trade individual, lorry, and also insurance policy details with the other motorists, and get the names and contact details for any kind of witnesses (Sec. 550.023 ). 

If you remain in a car and truck accident in Texas, the degree of mistake plays an essential role in determining whose insurance coverage pays for your problems. If you were at fault, you could sue with your very own insurance coverage, and also if an additional vehicle driver was at fault, you need to be able to file a claim with his insurance coverage. For collisions with uninsured drivers or hit as well as run mishaps, insurance coverage cases can obtain much more difficult. 

Every car insurance policy agreement calls for the policyholder to report a vehicle accident to the insurance provider very soon after the fact. The faster the insurance company finds out about the accident, the earlier it can start attempting to check out or defend an insurance claim. If the insured falls short to report a mishap within a practical time, the insurance provider might refute coverage about the crash. An insurance provider can define a “reasonable time period” as being just a day or 2, depending upon the conditions of your mishap. 

Also, make a note of weather and roadway problems, as well as take photographs of the cars. Ultimately, never ever think obligation for the mishap now. Even if you really feel responsible, the realities could show that you were not, in fact, liable. 

Profits: Even if your automobile mishap was small as well as did not rise to the level of a “reportable crash” in Texas, you still intend to report it to your car insurer simply to make sure that the provider will certainly give coverage for the mishap if you ought to require it. 

If you wish to submit an injury claim versus an additional party for an act of negligence, such as sidetracked driving, sleepy driving, or driving under the influence, you need to obey the law of restrictions. This law states that a victim has two years from the day of the vehicle crash to file your claim against the person responsible. A claim against a government entity, such as a public bus, has a much shorter due date– typically within 60 to 90 days of the crash. 

The statute of constraints that puts on personal injury legal actions related to car mishaps in Texas is 2 (2) years. 

In nearly all lawsuits, a step-by-step policy known as a statute of limitations applies. The statute of limitations is a state law that protects against individuals from bringing legal action after a specific time frame has actually passed. 

Cars and truck accidents continue to be a day-to-day incident on Texas roads. According to the Texas Division of Transport, 2016 saw virtually 15,000 traffic accidents, resulting in over 17,000 major injuries and 3,773 casualties. 

Regrettably, these numbers offer no indications of going down in future years. If you’ve been rear-ended, T-boned, or hit, you are worthy of settlement to pay for clinical expenses and replace lost wages. 


Kinds of Law That Apply in Cars and Truck Mishap Case 

Texas Wrongful Death Act In the awful occasion that someone’s partner, parent, or child died in an auto crash due to an additional vehicle driver’s, automobile maker’s, or automobile shop’s carelessness or careless conduct, the Texas’ Wrongful Fatality Act may permit the surviving family members to recoup compensation for the economic hardships that you have actually experienced as a result of your liked one’s death in addition to the psychological distress you’ve endured. 

Building Code Texas’s Residential property Code is valuable in recovering damages for your residential or commercial property damages in your auto crash instance. Basically, the Residential or commercial property Code determines the terms by which you can recover compensation for the value of your residential or commercial property. 

Texas Law If you do not understand a number of standard common law principles, it’ll be difficult for you to understand what to expect in your situation. Right here’s a quick guide on just how common law works. Normally speaking, mostly all personal injury instances are based on the common law principle of the carelessness root cause of action, which is an expensive method of saying that practically all injury claims are based upon the notion that you can take legal action against someone whenever they are obliged under the regulation not to hurt you however they injure you anyway. Common law ideas are not established by chosen authorities down in Austin. Rather, they are established by courts. When a case covers some brand-new topic or reinterprets and also an old topic, precedent is set, as well as it applies to all comparable situations in the future. This concept goes to the core of common law. 

Texas Guidelines of Proof To include in the intricacy inherent Texas vehicle accident cases, the facts of your instance can only be made use of to verify your claim if they exist in a manner that it follows by the rigid procedures of the Texas Regulation of Evidence. The Texas Policies of Proof are complex, and also numerous unskilled attorneys do not recognize just how to comprehend them, let alone utilize them to their benefit. A lot of lawyers only create the skill necessary to use the Texas Regulations of Evidence in cars and truck crash situations after practicing for years. Our attorneys at Grossman Legislation Offices have represented auto accident sufferers like you in Texas’ courts for twenty-five years, and also we understand what it requires to make sure that the court hears what really happened in your automobile mishap instance. 

Civil Practice and Remedies Code Simply put, Texas’ Civil Method and Remedies Code is the collection of regulations that is particularly dedicated to claims. Despite the fact that it prevails legislation principals that function as the system by which you sue, the CPRC is what sets the rules relative to how you do so. It lays out the timelines, any kind of limitations on payment (when applicable), that has the standing to sue, and so on. An excellent way to clarify the difference between common law, as well as the CPRC, would be to claim that common law lawful ideas state when you can file a claim against, and the CPRC claims just how you can take legal action against. 

Texas Insurance Code, The Texas Insurance Code, lays out the complex responsibilities insurance suppliers owe both their customers and mishap sufferers in a typical car crash instance. Insurance policy is a tricky thing because state legislators need to stabilize an insurance policy provider’s right to due process for their guaranteed with the desire of people to make money for their injuries and also home damages swiftly. As you can think of, if the regulations are as well plaintiff-friendly, the insurance policy providers endure by needing to pay on unfair and also unimportant claims. If the legislation is as well insurance-friendly, then insurance coverage service providers can refute and also postpone settlement that needs to be paid. Though the pendulum swings back and forth with time, the existing state of insurance coverage regulation in Texas is that insurance coverage providers are provided a great deal of latitude to fight you. 


To begin the process, ask individuals you rely on if they might recommend a Texas auto accident legal representative to handle your situation. A person that’s previously hired an accident attorney or works in the legal profession may have firsthand experience dealing with a local car crash attorney. These personal referrals can be invaluable. 

It is smart to invest some time getting ready for the conference. You’ll want to gather duplicates of any type of papers connected to your crash and injuries as well as to make notes regarding exactly how the crash happened, who was entailed, as well as what witnesses were present. You’ll likewise wish to make a list of concerns to ask the attorney. Keep in mind that this conference is made to assist you in identifying whether to work with the lawyer, so concentrate on inquiries that will aid you make a decision. 

Several vehicle accident victims today need the help of a lawyer in order to be totally compensated for their resulting injuries. The sad truth is cars and truck crashes trigger injuries and also fatality in disconcerting numbers each and every single day. Auto mishaps additionally cause 10s of countless bucks in financial damages, in addition to the individual pain as well as experiencing that being the victim of an auto mishap can create. The mistake for these crashes may vary, yet one point continues to be the exact same. If you or a liked one was hurt in an automobile accident, talking with a Texas accident attorney could be critical in obtaining you the settlement that you are worthy of. 

A skilled auto crash legal representative can aid you to obtain payment for previous and future medical expenses along with lost wages and also basic discomfort and also suffering. Auto insurance companies do not always voluntarily pay victims for their injuries, and preserving an attorney may be required in order to obtain full compensation. Depending on your injuries, your costs could be tens of hundreds of bucks for one accident. 

Hiring a certified attorney to represent you after a car crash suggests you will certainly have someone with an expert understanding of the legal framework relating to Texas personal injury as well as traffic legislation. 

The car and truck mishap insurance claim procedure in Texas begins with obtaining the other motorist’s insurance information. You should request this information immediately after your collision. 

Your lawyer’s understanding might be an important resource in confirming the other event was liable for creating the crash. She or he will have the knowledge to determine any web traffic laws that were broken, and also when the at-fault event’s activities could be thought about neglect. This experience with Texas’ lawful system might considerably improve your opportunities of recuperating settlement for any financial losses associated with your injury. 

Encountering a group of specialist attorneys that work permanently for a billion-dollar insurer isn’t a smart action. It is feasible to go at it alone; however, you are literally at their grace; they might offer you a thousand dollars, a few hundred bucks, or perhaps even reject your claim. It is up to them considering that you don’t really understand what legal rights you have, what alternatives you might make use of, or what to do to eliminate them. They invest on a daily basis, all day, battling cases on behalf of their companies (insurance provider), so facing them on your own without experience has an apparent result. 

A seasoned lawyer will recognize the techniques typically used by the insurance provider to impact your claim and recommend on you how to deal with an insurer. 

These tactics consist of utilizing your words versus you in an attempt to make you seem at fault for creating the accident or declaring that your injury is unrelated to the crash as well as happened at a different time. 

Our Forth Worth car mishap lawyers have actually stood for numerous auto crash victims and know with unreasonable methods utilized by an insurer as well as their attorneys. Therefore, we will connect with any type of insurance company in your place to guarantee you are treated rather. This includes bargaining for a settlement that precisely mirrors the suffering and also economic losses you have sustained. 

Actually, settlement mills tend to leave money on the table at the time of negotiation as they are more concerned with dealing with a volume of situations monthly to pay their expensive advertising and marketing spending plan. Keep in mind that even an ordinary trial attorney is superior to a settlement mill as the insurance policy carrier should spend a loan protecting a trial or an instance that has actually advanced far in litigation. The goal of any kind of insurance carrier is to save cash as well as forcing them to add expenses to gets their immediate interest. 

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