I know that I don't have to tell you that there are a lot of evil people in this world.
Her child was missing. The child's father had suddenly shown up at her mother's with the police, demanding his son. They were still married. There were no orders which gave either one of them superior rights so they had equal rights to the boy. One thing was for sure, the father's rights were superior to the grandmother's. When pressed, the police couldn't do anything about that. They had to demand the boy from the grandmother. They had to turn the boy over to the father.
We are all familiar with traditional notions of child abuse: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse. It unsettles us. It enrages us. It rouses evolutionary protective instincts to get involved; to do something. But what about child abuse when there isn't actually any abuse?
About a month ago, I was called in to help on a divorce case that was going very badly, at least badly for daddy's custody/visitation requests.