Taken Into Custody
The War Against Fathers, Marriage & the Family
Stephen Baskerville, PhD
The first political analysis of the most repressive government machinery ever created in the English-speaking democracies...
"If the cowed citizenry ever manage to destroy this evil edifice, we should build a statue commemorating Mr Baskerville. He has done more to expose this monstrosity than anyone else."
James Plevick, in Chronicles magazine
"This book is a tremendous and much-needed report on how family courts and government policies are harming children."
Phyllis Schlafly, President, Eagle Forum
Interview on the Suzanne Venker Show
"The Divorce Industry
and the Myth of the Deadbeat Dad"
(June 14, 2020)
Interview with Dr Jennifer Roback-Morse
"The Divorce Court Nightmare"
(January 3, 2020)
Taken Into Custody is the most comprehensive exposé yet published by a major publishing house on the depredations of the divorce industry. The first book that has been permitted to speak the truth about the divorce machinery: its destruction of families, its violations of the Constitution, its disregard for due process of law, its voracious appetite for children, parents, and families. This is no tirade however but a thoroughly documented study of a previously neglected abuse by a credentialed political scientist. The result is a major breakthrough in exposing the greatest civil rights abuse of our time and the most repressive government machinery ever created in the United States and the other English-speaking democracies.
Videos on Taken Into Custody
Interview with Journalist
A Selection of
"This book is almost too disturbing to read. ... I shared excerpts from this book with my fiance and eventually she asked me to stop because she too found what this book reveals so disturbing. ... Children are torn from their parents...non custodial parents are required to pay sums that leave them destitute. ... The courts often intervene and create friction where none previously existed and this abuse by the State is carried on all across our country by politicians of both parties.
If you want to see what's really going on with our family court systems and how non custodial parents...screwed while our kids pay the price I can't recommend this book enough. However, I caution you as it's almost unbelieveable and that it is happening right here in our country is most disturbing."
"Even if you have no interest in family law matters, if you're a patriot who believes in freedom; GET THIS BOOK! If you're a patriot and think you have the books that matter, I'm here to tell you...you don't. You'll realize that you didn't have a clue after you've read this book. … People TALK about this country becoming a Police State. This book will convince you it's already here. … This is one of those "Bibles" you'll keep close to hand and scream every once in a while…”
“Professor Baskerville has rendered this country a great service by composing his magnificent book. No one before has penetrated the subject so thoroughly and convincingly. Let the Congressional hearings begin with Professor Baskerville as the first witness. No doubt he will be followed by parents and children…eager to tell their stories. We are tired of living in fear of our government, i.e., de facto suspension of the Bill of Rights, debtor's prison, trial without jury, etc.”
“This is very eye opening.”
“This book is nothing short of horrifying. The family law/divorce bureaucracy in America (and other western countries) is, in reality, a totalitarian arm of the state. In Baskerville's words, 'Divorce today means the invasion and destruction of private life by the state.' If you think this is hyperbole, read this book: accounts of innocent citizens…imprisoned without trial, unaccountable social service workers who destroy individuals and families with blatantly false accusations, men turned into destitute slaves by outrageous child-support bills, and it goes on and on.”
“An amazing compilation of the state of the travesty that we call family court law.”
“Awesome and factually backed up.
Have you ever read a book that you just can't put down? Well, this book is beyond that. Everyone I talk to that has read it or is reading it just has to put it down, very often, due to the shocking thought-provoking nature of presenting the truth in the most believable way. Great job, Dr. Baskerville!
Dr. Baskerville sees that the real root of the war on dads (which is the war on families and society) isn't just selfish feminism, media and our "learning" institutions, or even just the barrage of parasitic greedy attorneys, judges and all their "full court" of hangers-on who profit immensely and gain unlimited power from this. It has become government at the center and root of destroying the family, and all of our rights, for these same reasons. …
Family Court Law is the most corrupt industry in America today. It is also the most dangerous threat to the constitutional freedoms and protections (which many claim that all citizens are granted) in the history of our society - really, since the institution of slavery. The parallels between slavery and the divorce industry are eerily compelling….”
“I consider this book the most comprehensive book to date that I have read on this subject, the whole institutionally corrupt system called Family Court law. Mr. Baskerville has done an expert job in bringing it all together in one overarching review and analysis. I am dwarfed in my own efforts compared to what the author has done in creating this book.
It is investigative journalism, a detailed report, an incisive critique, and a warning call to all fathers. … the system that exists supports a whole industry and the livelihood of thousands of professional leeches that survive only by the grief and anguish of others. There is so much money to be extorted under random authority of rogue courts, that any change for the better is a change for the worse for them. And they will fight to keep it that way.”
“The greatest civil rights abuse in the Western world today is the forced removal of children from their parents, usually their fathers, by family courts and social services agencies. Family courts in America and other democracies have almost absolute power to take away people's children without giving any reason, confiscate their property, and incarcerate them without trial, charge, or counsel. These courts operate largely in secret.
A virtual publishing blackout has protected this abuse, and until now no comprehensive exposé of this political underworld has appeared. … This is the first time a major publisher has revealed the full horror of what is taking place in America's family courts and government bureaucracies. Not only the systematic removal of children from fit and loving parents but the criminalization of the parents, often in complete defiance of constitutional protections and due process of law, is widespread and routine.
All assertions are carefully documented by a writer with scholarly credentials (PhD from the London School of Economics and professor of political science at Patrick Henry College). Baskerville not only describes what is happening but explains why, demonstrating the unaccountable power, conflicts-of-interest, and extremist ideology driving the most tyrannical governmental machinery ever to arise in the United States. As such, this book bears comparison with Michael Harrington's The Other America and Upton Sinclair's The Jungle.”
“Fantastic book. Everyone should read this before going into a marriage.”
“The most frightening book I've ever read...because it's all true. … Meticulously researched, this book is a real eye opener about the depravity and naked abuse of power that takes places in our family courts of injustice. From feminist theory to big money shenanigans, Baskerville covers it all.
“This book is a must read for not only victims of the family courts…but also anyone living in this great country of ours. It describes, in rational, well-thought out, objective terms a government controlled and funded 'system' which rapes good and loving parents both emotionally and financially. Baskerville does this with a significant flair for literature and more importantly with complete backing of research and prior studies all of which are appropriately foot-noted.”
“Outstanding book. … I would not have believed it, if I had not seen it for myself.”
“Never has there been a better account of the atrocities perpetrated on the American public by our very own government! A government run by the American Bar Association! It is Hitlers' "State Of The Child" right here in America! …
Dr Baskerville has brought to light the who, what, when and why the American Family is being so heavily attacked and our country destroyed from within.”
“I was told not to use Baskerville's book [in a university classroom.]”
“This is perhaps the most important book ever to be published about the Western Family. Taken Into Custody is the most thorough examination of the Anti-Family Movement's enormously successful (and very heavily funded) efforts…. If this Pro-Family revival does not soon occur, we are going to have to brace ourselves for further erosions of the Constitution by the growing monstrous blob.”
“Stephen Baskerville has outlined masterfully in a way that no one else has done the…program that incentivizes judges to place bounties on the heads of fathers with huge sums of child support. More than those fathers make in more than many cases, land and them in prison without the chance for parole. … This is what every politician, pastor or civic leader either is ignorant of or doesn't want you to know.”
“Dr. Baskerville exposes the divorce industry… in all its evil manifestations. In fact, I was struck by the resemblance of this group to what Hannah Arendt called ‘the banality of evil’ in describing Nazi Germany. This is a mindset where "normal" people among us carry out sadistic acts in lockstep during the day and then return each evening to happy homes and families -- seemingly guilt-free. How else can one explain the disdain of divorce industry troops who rip children from loving, fit fathers with apparent disregard for the consequences to the children and society at large?”
“More profoundly and completely than any other book of which I am aware, Taken into Custody graphically shows us the nightmare to which feminism and political correctness have brought us, where – due largely to the actions of an unfeeling social work and government bureaucracy – good fathers are locked out of their children's lives by the millions. Even many of us such as myself who have been toiling in the trenches of men's rights for years may find their eyes opened by Baskerville's unblinking portrayal of what may be one of the greatest and most far-reaching frauds ever perpetrated, with tragic consequences for countless families, children, and parents. The state is not a neutral party in marital breakdown, he writes, but has a tangible interest in promoting and broadening the definition of marital impasse. Child abuse is good for bureaucracy, which poses as being able to "solve" problems that it has played a leading role in creating. Moreover, the bureaucracy has proven itself highly skilled at convincing the public that the solution to the problems it generates is expanding its scope. …
The book is so good that one is continually tempted to quote from it. …
While Nazi analogies are badly overdone these days, the author does an excellent job of drawing an extended analogy between the tyrannies of family court, the Nazis, and the Communists. …
I strongly recommend you read this excellent book.”
“When I first learned of this title, I was completely surprised that anyone had the courage to write about this topic. More than 15 years ago, I testified on behalf of a female friend in a child custody dispute in another state. It was my first taste of what these secret courts were about, and I was left completely appalled. Aside from what I found to be completely outrageous conduct by both the judge and the attorneys (who seemed to be working together in a very clubby environment), what disturbed me even more was that no one, not even my own family, would believe me. I even went so far as to contact the local media when I witnessed the judge telling the court reporter what to type and when to leave the courtroom when he wanted to coerce the testimony of a witness. No one, and I mean NO ONE, would even bat an eye or inquire further. … What Dr. Baskerville describes as ‘Soviet-style courts’ is 100 percent accurate, and should not be taken lightly by anyone who is considering marriage or divorce in the U.S. … Baskerville's work is exhaustive and impactful. … Thank you Dr. Baskerville for your courage in exposing the tyrannical and menacing nature of these courts.”
“Had I not gone through the divorce system, I would have never believed what was written in this book.
It is very scary that in America, with…no wrong even being alleged, that the government can strip a parent of custody. Criminals have a higher burden of proof and the right to a jury trial; fit, loving parents don't. The precedent this sets from a legal standpoint should scare every American who cares about our country.
Most important, he shows that children are suffering at the hands of our judicial system. The ‘best interest of the child’ is nothing more than a subjective slogan to plunder dads who have done nothing wrong and care about their children. …
This book is spot on.”
“It is about time that a book like this was published! …
Every state in the union is PROFITING big time on the backs of parents going through divorce. They are profiting so big that if divorces stopped tomorrow, their state budgets would be in the RED big time!
And NO mainstream media outlet will TOUCH this! The so-called conservative big-mouths like Limbaugh, Hannity, and Savage will talk all day long about Hillary's 'SChip' program for child medical care (which is another joke), but they won't dare talk about what is already in place and is ruining this country from the inside. Most mainstream radio stations won't even let organizations purchase time on their stations to try to expose it! This is how well-kept the dirty secret is!”
A MUST MUST read. Buy it for you, buy it for your children, buy it for your civic and government readers... before we reach the point of no return when no one is free and EVERYONE is oppressed.”
“Even with several years on multiples of Best Seller lists, this critical and seminal work is shunted to the side. … This book explains the present and much of the future to come.”
“I've read many books on the subjects of divorce, custody, child support, and domestic violence. Dr. Baskerville's, "TAKEN INTO CUSTODY" is by far the best of all I've read. It examines the bias against, and mistreatment of, fathers from several perspectives. Dr. Sanford Braver did the same in, "DIVORCED DADS, Shattering the Myths", but Baskerville goes further.
TAKEN INTO CUSTODY examines the REASONS for the widespread bias and mistreatment. Details exposing the extent of the bias will probably shock many readers. Moreover, he offers solutions to solve the problems. The book is thoroughly researched and documented, coherently assembled, and intelligently written. No one, friend or foe, interested in family law should miss this book; although one suspects that those who have reason to fear the truth about our family courts will avoid it like the plague.”
“I thought that I experienced most of what divorce court had to offer – being legally innocent, I lost a son, 18 years of income, property, certain liberties, inaccurate Support Reports, bias police, jail, false domestic violence charge, bankruptcy, lost of career from about 125 court appearance, and more, from court orders without due process, but after reading Taken into Custody I was surprised by the other injustices against fathers (and some wives).
Similar things written in the book that happened to me were described accurately without exaggeration.”
“The release of his book marks an unprecedented effort in exposing the abuses of family law. … You will find no BS here as all facts are well documented with the source cited. … The exposure this book provides will supply answers that are ugly and shown to be motivated by greed, power and hate - not by ‘the best interest of the child’. Every legislator should receive a copy of this book along with a stack of affidavits from his constituents outlining their family's experiences of abuse, compliments of the family court, along with a demand for family law reform!
“The American people weren't asking for ‘no-fault’ divorce. It arose out of nowhere as a gift from a government concerned with our best interests.”
“The very sad nature of this book, as true as it may be, is that each statistic is a human life. Every person reading this book has been touched by this in one way or another. You can tell them when your walking down the street. They have an "emptiness" behind their eyes. If they smile it's superficial, if they laugh it's usually cut short and followed by a startled look. When they gather together they feel safer then they've felt in a long time, but the fear is right over their shoulders and they know it.
To blatantly point out the horrors of this book and then our own government who is perpetrating them should resonate throughout our land like a tsunami. Starting slow and in the distance. Little ripples on the beach. Bigger and bigger until it has swallowed up our world.
The book is great…”
“This book is incredible! It clearly exposes the problems our country has with the family courts. Anybody who is married or considering marriage should read this thoroughly.”
“Professor B is unfortunately spot on with his analysis of the divorce industry. … I too have been to the Star Chamber, having committed no crime. I have been jailed for declining to answer a question, which was unimportant.
Baskerville writes clearly and cogently about a corrupt system that is destroying our way of life.”
“Even if you have an intact family, Baskerville makes it clear that you are largely fooled (or perhaps brainwashed) that this family is actually yours, because lurking just behind the governmental guise of 'the best interest' the government is waiting to swoop down, take your children and your money and do with them whatever they see fit. It sounds like paranoia, but please be aware, this is happening on a daily basis in this country. Go sit in on a family court for a full day. You will leave shocked and dismayed that we call these procedures 'court-room justice.'”
“Buy this book! Read it thoroughly and pass the word on.”
“The constitutional rights of families in America are being violated to fuel an evil money hungry industry who steal children and jails parents. Mr. Baskerville gives details how our families are ripped apart in family court. … The only winners are the people who make their living by this evil system.”
“The absolutely best book to read! I cannot recommend it any stronger. Buy it. Read it. Then give it to another male.”
“This is a book every male should read! It will prepare you for what will happen to you on the whim of what your future ex can and most likely do to you! She'll have lots of help from the courts and all other agencies dealing with the courts! You have more rights if you commit armed robbery than you ever will in family court! Prepare to not only lose your kids but everything else you worked hard to get! ... Dealing with family court for a man is a fate worse than death!”
“Stephen Baskerville's new book Taken Into Custody is an excellent exposé into the fraud and scam known as the divorce industry. It carefully details the machinations of the fraudulent family courts and the law industry.”
“This book exposes this dirty secret….
Hopefully, this book…will finally expose the corruption in this nation's family courts and how the judges are ALL in on the profiteering! It is truly disgusting what is being allowed (and indeed approved).”
“Get this book and buy 5 extra for gifts. This will be a major scandal when the public understands the inner workings of our divorce and domestic violence industry.”
“Dr. Stephen Baskerville has done an immeasurable service in writing this book. Even coming from someone who was initially sympathetic to his point of view, the material in this book still retains a paradigm shifting capacity. … The reader is not likely to come away from this book without having his beliefs challenged in some way.”
“If you’ve ever questioned the conventional wisdom…you are going to appreciate this book.”
“This is by far the most well researched and well cited work on these issues in existence. I thought when I ordered this book that I would get a well written polemic against the institutions that perpetuate the war against fathers. Instead I received the most comprehensive study of these issues I have seen. The author has gone to great lengths to ensure that his arguments are well grounded in research, that he draws from both allies and opponents to support his arguments, and that he covers the issues from every angle possible (the courts, the law, feminism, etc.).
The anecdotes in this book will shock you. The crimes that the state…has perpetrated against individuals in the ‘best interests of the children’ have not been adequately reported. …the evidence is overwhelming, and it is hard to imagine a workable argument that could be made dismissing the author’s claim…
I cannot recommend this book highly enough if you are or know a man (or woman) who has been railroaded by the family courts, whose rights have been casually violated by the police (false accusations), or who has been driven into destitution by so-called “child support.” After experiencing many of these issues myself and struggling to explain the nature of my agony to friends and family, I found that this book could communicate my intended message better than I ever could.”
“It isn't possible to understand the real state of America today, or Western civilization for that matter, without understanding the problems that are so brilliantly described in this book. In the US, the two major parties collaborated on the most destructive domestic policy the nation has experienced in more than a century; knowing it was wrong. Politicians in other Western nations followed suit. Baskerville has spent more than a decade of intense effort investigating and writing about the war against fathers, marriage, and the family. He allows you to load much of the core result into your brain simply by reading this one well written book.”
“In the first chapter, Baskerville notes that, ‘As we will see, the astonishing but incontrovertible fact is that with the exception of convicted criminals, no group in our society has fewer rights that fathers... Once a man has a child, he forfeits his most important constitutional rights. And mothers are not immune.’ …
Sadly, even some conservatives have unwittingly bought into this hoax and make a habit of blaming dads who abandon their families for cultural breakdown.”
“Baskerville exposes how child support obligations came to so incommensurate with its purpose; to support a child (such obligations regularly are far in excess of that needed to provide for a child). … If someone is not in arrears, such companies have no work. Therefore it was, and is, in the interest of such creeps to keep these bills as high (and difficult to pay) as possible so as to insure that their services will be needed.” …
There is much, much more in this important book; everyone must read it. And then we be willing to pull our heads out of the sand and acknowledge this threat.
“This book is an amazing book on the Custody system in our country. It should be a must read for all single men and all married men before and once they have had kids. We all think things will never happen to us. This book is a true testament to what does happen to us and we can't believe it. It should be required reading for all college family psychology classes and all family law classes in law school. Like the book Adult Children of Parental Alienation Breaking the Ties that bind by Amy Baker, this is one of the many new books that helps to detail the struggles and the reality of the custody and divorce situation in our great nation. Hopefully it can be utilized in the discussion that custody as it is applied in our great nation is in major need of change and we need to make it better, for the best interest of our kids. This book is a must read.
“Taken Into Custody should be considered a standard work for all students of social policy and politics.
This book corrects the most serious ideological errors of the 1990's "family values" Republican initiatives -- in which men were improperly blamed for abandoning their families and causing the divorce revolution -- when in fact feminism was the instigator of the war on marriage.
Because of this fantastic error, tremendous policy mistakes were made in the 1996 welfare reforms -- resulting in an even more aggressive war on marriage that has caused a 36% increase in illegitimacy since reforms were enacted in 1996.”
“Stephen Baskerville is a thorough, impassioned scholar with a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. His book on what may be termed "The Last Civil Rights Frontier" is rigorously researched and documented. He also happens to write very well.”
“Dr. Baskerville's book is a masterful polemic on the corrupt, greedy divorce industry. Anyone wanting to know what's really going on when you enter family court today needs to read "Taken into Custody" as a primer on what to expect. It is also a call to action to remedy this barbaric, unjust system that is destroying our children and debilitating our society.”
“I'm not giving it a five because it deserves a 10. When this criminal divorce racket is finally busted, Baskerville above all others, will be resposible for its demise. His scholarship is irrefutable, his legal credentials impeccable, and he writes brilliantly as well. He describes how western democracies have succumbed to totalitarian traits in the name of ideology, all disguised by various euphemisms and Orwellian twists of the language.
We all owe it to ourselves to buy a copy of this book and then bury it in the face of every disgusting legislator we encounter.
The only problem I have after reading it, is that whenever I hear a dreadful feminist banging on about "domestic violence" or "equality", I end up rolling around the floor in paroxysms of laughter.
More power to this man's elbow and at long, long last, an academic we don't have to recoil in embarrassment to whenever he opens his mouth.”
“Taken into Custody is the first real expose of the greatest injustice in our society. Guilty until proven innocent, insulted, threatened, falsely imprisoned, impoverished I suffered alone and confused. How can this be happening? It can and does happen. The war against fathers is real. Thank you Dr Baskerville, for the truth.”
“Stephen Baskerville does what few in the family law arena dare to do, reveal the truth, facts, and reasons behind America's dirty little secret. Read this book and your perspective will shift from black and white to full color. You'll never be able to go back to life with blinders. …
Dr. Baskerville is one of the most well-respected authorities on the issue in the world. His book is a must read for anyone involved in family court, or considering getting married and having children.”
“Thank you Mr. Baskerville (author) for a great effort on this very important book. To you, the prospective buyer of this book, buy every copy of this book you can and give a copy out to every member of your entire family ASAP. … This book is about a CRISIS and a NATIONAL EMERGENCY! Don't delay; get the word out ASAP!”
“Most important book of last decade. … This is the book that had to be written on the divorce racket. For anyone who has woken up one day and found his children have been stolen, his assets plundered, and himself now a potential criminal because of it, this explains how and why.
It is a salutary lesson on the importance of not paying too much heed to what passes for political discourse these days too.”
Critical Praise for
Taken Into Custody
"Since unilateral divorce was adopted in the 1970s, millions of innocent parents have lost their fundamental right to raise their own children to an array of government officials and "experts," such as judges, lawyers, psychotherapists, social workers, child protective services, child support enforcement agents, mediators, counselors, and feminist groups. Dr. Baskerville documents injustices to children and fathers that might otherwise seem beyond belief. He exposes the distortions and fabrications propagated by the divorce industry to rationalize confiscating children from their parents. This is must reading for everyone who loves children, family, or justice."
Phyllis Schlafly, President, Eagle Forum
“At long last, Stephen Baskerville in Taken Into Custody: The War Against Fathers, Marriage and the Family, has made the case for the critical importance of fathers in bringing up children. His view, that fathers are the victim of discrimination in the court system in this country, is absolutely correct. Hopefully this book will begin a counter revolution so that fathers will be seen as essential to raising a family. The only successful families, by and large, are those with BOTH parents and children. This book has long been needed, and Dr. Baskerville is absolutely the right person to have written it.
Paul M. Weyrich, Chairman and CEO, Free Congress Foundation
“Taken Into Custody exposes the corruption of the divorce industry – lawyers paid to destroy marriages, courts who do their bidding, and bought state legislators. It is must reading by millions who lost access to their children, but also by church leaders whose support is essential if Stephen Baskerville’s reforms are to have a chance. The danger of gay marriage is trivial compared to the carnage of divorce explored here.”
Michael McManus, President and Co-Founder, Marriage Savers
"Baskerville has exposed a major abuse of power that is not only responsible for destroying families and for the social disorder that ensues from that. It also rationalizes massive government spending and violations of our constitutional freedoms by courts, bureaucracies, and other arms of the state. Today's social crisis is not the product of impersonal social forces to which we must resign ourselves. It is the logical culmination of the modern state's perpetual drive to create problems for itself to solve. This book powerfully reveals the interconnected threats to the family, accountable government, and freedom."
Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform
“A brave scholar willing to break the conspiracy of silence on key family issues, Stephen Baskerville exposes the legal abuses now common in the nation’s divorce courts. Such abuses often strip entirely innocent fathers of basic constitutional rights in proceedings that saddle them with heavy support payments for children with whom they are denied meaningful contact. Much-needed reform can only come through the kind of sober analysis this book provides.”
Bryce Christensen, Southern Utah University, and author,
Divided We Fall: Family Discord and the Fracturing of America
“No-fault divorce, in practice, means unilateral divorce. When one parent is divorced against his will, that means the state must enforce the separation of that parent from his (or sometimes her) children and home. That means the state will intrude in the most personal areas of the family’s life, in effect, obliterating the distinction between public and private. These are the key insights of Stephen Baskerville’s important new book, Taken into Custody. Everyone concerned about the condition of marriage and children should read this book.”
Jennifer Roback-Morse, PhD, economist and author,
Smart Sex: Finding Life-Long Love in a Hook-Up World
"Stephen Baskerville's Taken into Custody powerfully depicts the myriad cruelties and injustices currently being visited upon American fathers."
Glenn Sacks, columnist and talk radio host
About the Author
Stephen Baskerville, PhD
is Professor at the Collegium Intermarium in Warsaw
and research fellow at the Independent Institute, the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society, and other professional associations. He is the author of 3 major books and more than 100 articles on politics, religion, history, law, and