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May 302010

Gary Coleman, the 42 year old former child star, died after an intracranial hemorrhage.  

It was announced late this week that the actor was in critical condition after suffering from a head injury.  It was announced yesterday that he was taken off life support, and then died.

It has been reported that Coleman fell at his Utah home, and that is what caused the injury.  He was rushed to the hospital, and then his wife, Shannon Price-Coleman, took him off life support on Friday and he passed on.

Gary and Shannon have had a tumultuous relationship. They appeared in Divorce Court and he pleaded guilty to domestic violence earlier this year.

Shannon Price was also arrested in 2009 for domestic violence as well. It has been alleged by a close friend that the diminutive star, who by virtue of his size was vulnerable to physical attack, may well have suffered previous injuries at the hands of Shannon Price, which went unreported because of the stigma attached to male victims of domestic violence.  In any case whispers are growing that there is more to his apparent fall in his home than has been reported.

There’s no word whether or not an autopsy will be performed on Gary Coleman.  In addition, the domestic violence that took place in the Coleman home hasn’t been linked to his death at this time.

Susan Price was next to Gary Coleman when he died.  We are very saddened by his death and will keep you informed of any details as they surface in the next few days.

May 212010

May 21, 2010: SHARED parenting rules used by the Family Court in divorce cases were bad for many children, an Adelaide study has found.

The shared parenting model was introduced in 2006 by the Howard Government in response to lobbying by men’s rights groups, to replace the historical practice of the courts awarding custody to mothers.

A UniSA research paper based on interviews of children from divorced families has found the one-size-fits-all practice now favoured by the courts was focused on what parents wanted rather than children’s wellbeing.

“The Parliament (in 2006) was moving to address outspoken parents in the community but addressing parents’ concerns can ignore what the children want,” the author of the research paper, lecturer Dr Alan Campbell, said.

“When you get into the court system, issues like the safety of children, what they want and getting them into the best environment they can be in are subjugated to the parent’s needs.

“Children (in the interviews) felt betrayed that their interests were not considered in the court process.”

Dr Campbell said there had been “considerable” concern by academics that the law change would put some children into dangerous family situations.

The Federal Government is reviewing the changes because of, in part, the death of four-year-old Melbourne girl Darcey Freeman who, in 2009, was thrown to her death from a bridge, allegedly by her father.

Her mother had been too fearful to tell the courts her husband was violent because she thought the information would be used against her.

Dr Campbell said other children were physically safe but felt depressed, stressed, confused and suffered adjustment problems.

Dr Campbell said shared custody arrangements made without court intervention were often positive.

“What courts need to do is be allowed to look at a broad range of options, including shared parenting,” he said.

“The court needs to find out from the child – `this is what it is like for me, this is what I’m thinking and this is what I’m feeling’, then the adults.

##Special Note: Although not mentioned in this article, Dr Campbell is a close associate of Barbara Biggs, a well known activist who believes that all men are a predatory threat to their children. It should also be noted that these outcomes have been discredited by the largest study on this topic of its kind, released by the AIFS only months ago, involving longitudinal studies with over 22,000 parents and children. This study seems fanciful and loaded with opinion and driven by womens’ rights ideologies rather than by any credible research.

Miles Kemp