We would like to congratulate Catherine MacWillie as the September FUAN Advocate of the Month. Her selection has come through a member nomination and is due to her dedicated hands-on efforts on the front lines that have been an inspiration for people nationwide.
Catherine MacWillie is the CEO of Custody Calculations, Calendars & Orders. She has 34 years’ experience dealing with Family Law. 24 years as a law enforcement officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, responding to radio calls concerning divorce and custody issues. She was a first responder to child abuse investigations and other related assignments dealing with Family Law. The last ten years as a Child Custody and Divorce Coach. She has clients all over the United States and internationally; working with her clients by phone, text, emails, and fax.
Catherine spent ten years in research identifying that Family Law may be responsible for 25% of the crime in the United States. To put just one of those numbers into perspective, that is 3,500 to 4,000 homicides per year related to Family Law issues. Some of the categories are:
- Child Abuse
- Domestic Violence
- Violation of Court Orders
- Violation of Restraining Orders
- and More…
Catherine frequently speaks on these issues and others domestically and around the globe. She was recently chosen to speak at:
- The International Shared Parenting Conference on Why Parallel Parenting And Not Co-Parenting in Boston 2017*.
- The International Academy of Law and Mental Health Conference in Prague on Crime, Court and Parental Alienation in July 2017*. *A death in the family prevented her attendance at two conferences.
- The 23rd Annual Conference on Adolescent Medicine & Child Psychology, Berlin, Germany in September 2017. Also, Crime, Court and Parental Alienation.
- the First Conference of the Parental Alienation Study Group on Washington D.C. on Parental Alienation and Law Enforcement in October 2017.
Recognizing the devastating impact of Family Law on communities, children, and families, Catherine was instrumental in having La Verne University offer classes on divorce and custody issues this year through their Extended Learning Program.
She will be the instructor of the course called Navigating Family Change. These are the first classes of this type anywhere in the United States on these issues to her knowledge.
Catherine was interviewed by the General Office of Accountability (GOA) in a report to Congress proposed “No Fly List” dealing with domestic and international abduction. As well as a national database through the NCIC utilized by law enforcement of custodial orders, policies procedures and impact.
She is a State Department/local representative, Los Angeles Delegation and meets with visiting countries on Family Law issues to compare law enforcement policies and Family Law. Her last consultation was with Japan.
Catherine is in collaboration with the nonprofit Global Future specializing in international abduction/Hague Treaty and has consulted about protocols and resources needed to assist left-behind parents. Recently on the return of the first child from Japan to the United States in Japanese history to any country.
Memberships include the following:
- Past President of Stop Parental Alienation of Children (SPAC) with Dr. Jayne Major
- Prior Board Member of Parental Alienation Awareness Organization (PAAO) with Savy Emo
- Advisory Board Member International Support Network of Alienated Families (ISNAF)
- Member of International Parental Alienation Study Group (PASG)
- Member of Parental Alienation Colloquium 2014 ISNAF, Long Beach, California
- Member of Parental Alienation Think Tank, 2016 Beverly Hills, California
- Member of Los Angeles Women's Police Officers and Associates Organization, LAWPOA
- Member of Los Angeles Police Retired Officers Association, LAPROA
- Member of International Police Officer's Association, IPOA
- Member of Fraternal Order of Police, FOP