Family Law Armageddon: The Story of Morgan v. Foretich

Family Law Stories, Forthcoming

23 Pages Posted: 2 May 2007 Last revised: 18 Jan 2009

June Carbone

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - School of Law

Leslie J. Harris

University of Oregon - School of Law

Abstract

This book chapter tells the story of the contempt case brought against Elizabeth Morgan, a Washington, D.C., doctor imprisoned for her failure to produce her daughter for extended visitation with the ex-husband she accused of sexual abuse. The chapter sets the stage for the proceeding in terms of the shift in custody law in the mid-eighties from the maternal presumption to a preference for shared parenting and the discovery of and almost immediate backlash against allegations of childhood sexual abuse. It also details Morgan's parents' flight with the child to New Zealand and provides an update of what has happened to the law and the parties since the case ended.

Keywords: family law, Elizabeth Morgan, Morgan v. Foretich, child sexual abuse, contempt, criminal contempt, parental alienation, incarceration for contempt, child custody, visitation, overnight visitation, sexual abuse allegations, fabrication of abuse claims

JEL Classification: J12, J13, J16, K14, K42

Suggested Citation

Carbone, June and Harris, Leslie J., Family Law Armageddon: The Story of Morgan v. Foretich. Family Law Stories, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=983770

June Carbone (Contact Author)

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - School of Law ( email )

229-19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Leslie J. Harris

University of Oregon - School of Law ( email )

1515 Agate Street
Eugene, OR Oregon 97403
United States

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