A Mother's Tragedy and Triumph
It's been more than six years since former model Bridget Marks appeared on the show. Her case made headlines when she had to hand over her twin daughters to their biological father after a court deemed that she falsely accused him of molestation. She joins the show via satellite from New York with another update.
"I can't believe it's been six years since I regained custody, with your help, of my two beautiful daughters, Amber and Scarlet, who just turned 11 last week. They're happy, they're thriving, they're A students, and they're champion nationally-ranked equestrians," Bridget reports with pride.
"I'm so glad to hear that," Dr. Phil praises her. "You have done some things that have impacted not only your life and your rights as a mother, but the lives and rights of other mothers as well."
[AD]"As a mother who went through this, I feel an obligation to help other less fortunate women, and other parents " men " who are going through a similar crisis, who don't have the resources, or the education or the access to fight these terrible battles," Bridget says. "I feel just terrible for Chrissy, that she doesn't have an attorney. That must be very frightening. What I've done is I went to the New York State Legislature, and in 2008, Governor Patterson enacted a Bridget Marks Law, which says that a parent can go to the court and lodge a good-faith allegation of abuse against their partner without fear of losing custody if those allegations are not proven to be true, or if the allegations can't be proven to a criminal standard.
Dr. Phil introduces Jill Egizii, president of the Parental Alienation Awareness Organization and author of The Look of Love. She explains, "Parental Alienation Awareness Organization tries to create awareness for the horrible behaviors, and results and remedies for parental alienation, and its devastating effects on families, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, and, of course, our most precious commodity " our children."
Dr. Phil says he doesn't want that to happen in the case of Chrissy and Dennis and their kids. He admonishes the adults. "We've been up here going through all of this, and not one of you four, not one time, has said, â€˜Dr. Phil, tell me what I can do to make this situation better.'
[AD]Dr. Phil continues, "You are a whole lot safer to sit down and say, â€˜You know what? We are going to have to forgive ourselves and each other for everything that has happened here, and we are going to have to behave as fiduciaries for these children. We are going to have to lift them above our own agendas and say, "What can I do to make their lives peaceful?"'"
Dr. Phil offers to provide a psychologically trained mediator to broker boundaries for the families, and they accept his help.