His ex-wife, former Miss Sweden Anna Åberg, is barred from having any contact with their boy. This Court order denying any contact is very extreme and must have been ordered soley on the basis that the Judge in the family law court felt she was violating his court orders.
It’s the greatest day of my life. This was all about protecting Ethan. The system has worked,” Anka — the 75-year-old musician who wrote one of Frank Sinatra’s biggest hits, “My Way” — told me.
Åberg, 46, hadn’t seen the boy in more than two years, after Ethan testified that he “has an intense dislike of his mother.” But Åberg’s attorney Lisa Helfend Meyer argued, “There is no evidence, no facts, no court finding on her being an unfit mother.” Parental Alienation is quite significant in some cases. It certainly sounds like Paul Anka has done some sort of alienating of his child from his mother. The law is quite clear that there is to be frequent and continuing contact with both parents. Of Course, unless it is against the best interest of the child. If a child at 11 utters contempt for their mother it certainly sounds like Paul Anka has done some sort of negative parenting which is not permitted in family law Court. The judges usually can have the boy interviewed by professionals to determine if the boy can be reunited with his mother after two years.
Meyer claimed Anka — a pop star in the ’50s with such hits as “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” “Diana” and “Lonely Boy” — prevailed using his fame and his wealth.
His reported income is about $300,000 a month,” Meyer said. “He’s been able to out-lawyer a woman who doesn’t have the finances or the celebrity to combat him.”
Meyer argued in California’s Ventura County Superior Court in favor of “family reunification” — the idea that a child turned by one parent against the other needs to be reunited with the aggrieved parent.
“Even drunks and addicts get to call and see their children,” Meyer said. This is an accurate statement by the mothers lawyer. Usually a not contact order will be modified if a parent fulfills there obligations whatever the Court has in mind for them. Especially from a child this young it is important to set some contact out with their mother. Even a superivised visit can at least potentially open the door to future contact with the boys mother.
But Åberg didn’t help her cause when she confronted Anka’s third wife, Lisa Pemberton, outside the courtroom and shouted, “Get a life!”
Pemberton calmly replied, “I have a life . . . with your child.”