What makes these groups different from biblical Christianity?
"Jehovah's Witnesses are probably responsible for half of the contested custody cases involving religious issues", says Jeff Atkinson, former chairman of the American Bar Association's Child Custody Case Committee.
This well-prepared religious group has its own unique tactics in a court of law. We have heard the comment time and again that nothing in Law School, or in his experience, prepared the lawyer for the confrontation he encountered. Many lawyers representing the non Jehovah's Witness parent are left shaking their head, and wondering what went wrong. Despite careful preparation using the standard methods, the attorneys representing the JW's won the day.
All this has changed, with the exposing of the Jehovah's Witness methods in an exciting DVD documentary called,
The Jehovah's Witnesses'
attorneys, operating out of Watchtower Headquarters
in Brooklyn, New York and Halton Hills,
Ontario, Canada have prepared a secret
booklet, not for public consumption, even by
their own faithful members. This
booklet, called "Preparing
For Child Custody Cases"
is intended for use by the elders who control
the congregation, to coach their people,
including young children, who are to go to
court regarding child custody. (Online
version of this booklet is available
) Jehovah's Witnesses are
instructed to perjure themselves by misrepresenting
about their true lifestyle in court. Thad
Nugent, prominent Kansas City Attorney adds that
The Jehovah's Witnesses' attorneys, operating out of Watchtower Headquarters in Brooklyn, New York and Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada have prepared a secret booklet, not for public consumption, even by their own faithful members. This booklet, called "Preparing For Child Custody Cases" is intended for use by the elders who control the congregation, to coach their people, including young children, who are to go to court regarding child custody.
(Online version of this booklet is available at: http://www.freeminds.org/legal/custody.htm )
Jehovah's Witnesses are instructed to perjure themselves by misrepresenting about their true lifestyle in court. Thad Nugent, prominent Kansas City Attorney adds that this booklet,
Other Lawyers and Judges, former JW elders, and victims give their experiences in court.To counter this booklet, there has been prepared for the legal profession, a companion book called;
Now, point by point, using their booklet and the "Refutation" book, the Lawyer representing the Non-JW parent can counter the JW testimony given under oath. At the crux of the matter is the Watchtower definition of a "lie". You should be aware that they believe they must tell the truth to only those who are "entitled to know the truth".
This is "justified lying" in their minds. Since they also believe that all others except Jehovah's Witnesses are under the control of Satan, including the courts, they feel quite smug about doing so.
Why make all this public? Because the children are systematically alienated from their peers, and even non -Witness relatives. They are put in harm's way, both emotionally and physically. The children are the real victims. We trust we have created a level playing field for them, because we see thousands of courtrooms turned into war zones as Jehovah's Witnesses battle over the children with their former mates.
This DVD and the printed materials have been professionally prepared by people who were once members of the Watchtower Society and are also available by phone if necessary for additional help and guidance if you are preparing a case. Referrals to lawyers who have successfully used these materials are available.
If you wish to talk with someone who has been involved with many successful court cases in the U.S. please contact us.
Complete Package includes the 45 min. DVD:
"Battling Over The Children" and the following items. The Watchtower Society's book:
(Preparing for Child Custody Cases) of instructions for the JW mate, elders, and their lawyers. &, "Refutation" a well- indexed 388 pg. book of documentation to respond to every point their lawyer may try and bring up.
(These items can be ordered separately, price includes GST in Canada.)
DVD (if ordered separately) U.S. $
20.00 "Preparing For Child Custody" and "Refutation
book" U.S. $
18.00 Complete package
(special) U.S. $
DVD (if ordered separately)
U.S. $ 20.00
"Preparing For Child Custody" and "Refutation book"
U.S. $ 18.00
Complete package (special)
U.S. $ 34.00
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If you or a friend is in a legal battle
involving a mate or the WT Society and
child custodybe sure and read these files.
This article is written for those seeking information regarding life with a Jehovah's Witness believer, child custody cases, separation agreements, divorce proceedings and elderly family members involved with the Jehovah's Witnesses.
For those who find themselves in any of the above situations, we have available materials to help you, or your legal counsel prepare for court cases involving Jehovah's Witnesses. It will be a unique situation for your lawyer, if he has never confronted Jehovah's Witnesses in a court of law before. He will be faced with situations out of the ordinary, and needs special preparation to be effective. This information will also assist child care workers, and medical experts.
You may no longer recognize the person you thought you knew. This person has been caught up in a cult group who does all their thinking for them. They cannot react to normal reasoning processes for several reasons, no matter how you try and talk with them. They cannot be reasoned with, and are no longer open to logic. The cult group's "reasoning" takes precedence in all matters in their life.
The member has been very successfully mind-controlled. They have given over control of every area of their life to "elders" of this group, believing this is what God (Jehovah) would have them do.
If the marriage has not broken down too far, and you would like to bring the marriage back to where it was before the involvement with the Jehovah's Witness, there are ways of reaching them in some cases, not all.
Some have made up their minds they want the marriage ended and are using this difference in religion as an excuse to get out. To try and save the marriage you must be prepared to help them. This takes commitment on your part. Patience is necessary.
First, as they were drawn into this group they were very subtly told that there would be "opposition" to their involvement with the Society from friends and family members. This is presented as being "Satanic" opposition to them serving Jehovah. Any negative reaction by you proves the cult right in their minds.
They now believe that all opposition to them is from "Satan" and his evil world. (This means you!) They feel proud to be "suffering for righteousness sake". They feel justified in putting you out of their life if you oppose their "truth", or in any way interfere with their meeting attendance and "preaching" work.
They believe that the Watchtower Society is the only source of truth in the world today, and any criticism of the Society is criticism of God himself.
Any printed materials exposing the organization etc. are considered by them to be "pornographic", from "apostates" and evil people controlled by Satan.
Their first strategy will be to try and win you over to become a JW. This will be done by introductions to other Witnesses in a friendly manner, at your home or theirs, and encouragement by them to have you join in a "bible study" and attend some of their meetings. If done, the person will be "love bombed" by other Witnesses to make you feel comfortable and want to be part of their group.
Secondly, if unsuccessful in winning you over to become a J.W., they will try to get you to tolerate your mate's J.W. involvement , including any children at home. As long as you don't interfere in any way with your mate's and children's J.W. activities, your mate will remain with you. They always hope you can be brought around at a later date. Your non-interference is no problem to them.
Thirdly, if there is no co-operation in the above , your home life may become so unpleasant you will finally leave, perhaps even becoming involved with someone else. J.W.'s then misapply 1 Corinthians 715, "But if the unbelieving one proceeds to depart, let him depart;" They feel very self-righteous at this point.
This would give them grounds for a divorce, and leave them free to remarry a J.W. mate. Don't fall into this trap of "leaving" , if you want to be part of your children's future, or if you must leave, seek legal counsel regarding your children first.
However, if you steadfastly refuse to move out or become involved with someone else, and are interfering in their attendance at meetings, you may find yourself alone in many cases. The congregation will assist the "persecuted" J.W. mate to leave you.
If children are involved they will feel they must take the children out of the home. If they don't, they themselves personally, including their kids, will lose their lives and be destroyed when "Armageddon" comes. In their minds, unless they leave the home situation they would have no hope for any future life, and Jehovah God would destroy them all. They are living under tremendous fear. They believe "Armageddon" could come very soon.
We have heard of numerous cases where the non-J.W. mate arrives home to find an empty house, with mate, children, furniture and even pets missing. The bank account may be empty as well. Your children may be hidden with a J.W. family in another location, if they feel you may come after them. Your J.W. mate (or ex-mate) will desperately try and get custody of the children.
Be prepared for the worst. Many have faced false charges difficult to defend. They want to prove you "unfit" as a parent. You will need strong character witnesses who have observed you with your own children. At the very least, J.W.'s will seek joint custody with the equal right to teach the children their religion. At their disposal will be their own legal experts and your mate and children will be coached in what to say in court. Lack of preparation on your part or your lawyers will lose you your children! Learn their tactics!
They will have no hesitation about lying, even under oath. They have a doctrine called "Justified Lying", teaching that you only have to tell the truth to those "who are entitled to it" .
The courts, legal system, family care workers, the ex-mates etc.,because of their resistance to, or not being part of "Jehovah's" organization, do not deserve to know the truth. In Jehovah's Witness thinking, they are of Satan and it's okay to lie to him or his people to protect "Jehovah" and his organization on earth. (The Watchtower Society). Be prepared for this. It will happen.
All sorts of things will be told to the children to scare them away from any involvement with"evil" you. They will be coached on what to say about you in court. Even if the courts forbid religious things being taught to the kids during visitation times, the children will be instructed to "hate" you because you are opposing and not part of God's organization.
For those who have children or other family members involved and living in your home, much of the above applies to them also.
If they are living at home you will have to be very careful in how you approach the subject of their involvement with the Jehovah's Witnesses
Any negative criticism of the "organization" by you will prompt the elders to encourage the child to leave home if they are old enough. Often they will be moved into a strong JW family's home until they can get a job and be self -supporting. Many relationships are broken in this way. Don't drive your child out of your home. Find other ways to deal with his J.W. involvement. Once they are out of your home they will be instructed to have no further contact with you.
If parents or the elderly get caught up, do some research and understand the problems before jumping in too quickly.
Aging parents living on their own are especially vulnerable. Jehovah's Witnesses will make friends with them during their door to door visitations.
Lonely elders usually welcome J.W.'s. Friendships develop over the visits. Jehovah's Witnesses are always looking for places for their full-time "pioneers" to live. Often these J.W.'s begin by doing odd jobs for the elderly. Later, they suggest they "move in" and care for the elderly in exchange for room and board. If the elderly parent does not have them move in, they still continue their influence in their lives.
They will lavish lots of attention on the lonely elderly one, patiently studying with them, and taking them out to meetings and the service, and to social gatherings. The idea is planted that they care more for the elderly one than his/ her own family does. Often the family is some distance away and has no idea what is going on.
Once they solidly "convert" the elderly one, the idea is subtly presented, "wouldn't it be nice to leave your estate to God's work? After all, we are your family now, and why have your estate go to the worldly ones (your family)? They'll just die at Armageddon anyway, and it will be wasted. Wouldn't Jehovah be pleased if your estate furthered the preaching work?"
Many elderly people have signed over their homes and other assets completely to the Society. The Society makes sure it is all done very legally, with a lawyer present to prove they are of sound mind when any paper work is done.
It is almost impossible to have a court overturn these documents at a later date. These proceedings are done sometimes years before their demise.
Often a power of attorney enables them to empty all bank accounts and dispose of assets before the death of the elderly one. By the time the funeral comes, it is often a "done deed".
Usually family members find out after the funeral that all is gone from Mom or Dad's estates. Even personal mementos, photographs, and keepsakes of little value etc. are withheld from the grieving families by the Society.
Often the family is locked out of the family home when they arrive. In extreme cases, the family is not notified until days or weeks after the funeral or the death
If you have parents in a vulnerable position be sure to check out the parents wishes and wills etc., while there is still time and they are of sound mind. If you find out there has already been involvement with the Jehovah's Witnesses you may be able to make changes before it's too late.
Get professional legal advise immediately If possible, have their assets safe-guarded in some way. Secure a power of attorney yourself and make sure your parent's banks etc. are advised to notify you of anything suspicious.
You will need, not only physical strength and legal assistance to deal with the Jehovah's Witnesses and their tactics, you will need spiritual help to see you through.
Contact your Pastor and see if he can help, or write us for further help in this area. We may be able to refer you to personal contacts in your area.
You and your legal counsel must understand what you are dealing with. J.W.'s may bring in their legal experts from "Head Office". In any case your mate's lawyer will be getting his instructions from there. If necessary they will pay the legal bills for your mate. (only after their personal finances and free government assistance are gone). Expect many delays and outrageous charges. These pro-ceedings are deliberately set up to frustrate you and break you financially so you will give up and they can have their way.
Write to us for a free price list of our resources to assist you. For Lawyers we recommend "The Legal Pack." Containing complete documentation from JW sources on how to defend your clients in court and how the JW's instruct their lawyers to come against you. Email or FAX us for further details.
Recommended Materials you need to deal with J.W's.
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1 DVD: Witnesses of Jehovah.
2. The Witness at Your Door.
3 The Witness Goes Out.
4. Battling over the Children (J.W.'s & child custody) * More INFO.
5. Jehovah's Witnesses--A Non-Prophet Organization (Overview of their history).
1. What you Need to Know About JWs.
2. Questions for JWs.
3. Witnessing Effectively to JW's
4. JW's and Mental Illness
5. JW's Answered Verse By Verse.
1 JW & the Real Jesus
2 Could Jesus be "a god"?
3 Is the Trinity True?
4 Examining "Should you believe in the Trinity
5 Pagan Roots of JW's
6 We are the Prophets of God
7. Answers for the Cults
8. Is the Kingdom Interlinear Bible Reliable?