WHEN are WE as AMERICANS going to STAND UP

…and no longer allow Family Courts to “Courtnap” a child for one parent;Parental Alienation - 2016

Or allow CPS to kidnap and murder our children?

Why is it so important we reform Family Law?

The Pink Slip Project - 2016

Why these problems constitute a sophisticated form of Racketeering, something a friend of mine recently named the “cartel of Family Courts”?florida-families-united-childrens-rights-florida-2017-8-1024

votefamily-us-2015112Over twenty people testified of the complete dysfunction of our family courts in Miami and all across the state of Florida:  https://vimeo.com/channels/878408.

LRSP Public Meeting Miami-Dade February 23, 2015 — from The Florida Courts 

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A corruption that is killing our children here and around the world:

CORRUPTION

Here in Florida, the number of children who have died under the mafia of the Family Court system is increasing at an alarming rate. Count went from 490 to 533 (+6 in a matter of days) in only a few months:

Thank you Miami Herald for standing up for our children.

We must unite to put an end to this madness.
If you are tired of seeing innocent children die under the care of the family court system, help us Raise Hell, and stand up for them.
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Phyllis Schlafly endorsed Donald J. Trump

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Patriot Phyllis Schlafly endorsed Donald J. Trump Friday, as her pick for the President of the United States.
Schlafly made the announcement with Ed Martin, the president of the Eagle Forum, at noon from the St. Louis rally at the Peabody Opera House on Market Street.
“I was born and grew up here, went to school and college in St. Louis and its a great city and I welcome you all, this is the heart of america and I’m glad to meet a great american.
Schlafly, 91, has been a long-time conservative publicist, as well the national leader of the conservative movement since the publication of her best-selling 1964 book, A Choice Not An Echo. She has also been heralded since 1972 as the leader of the pro-family movement, when she led the fight to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment.

 

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Broken Family Court System

Broken Fathers - 2015A Broken Family Court System:
‘What are You Prepared to do?’

Ignorance is bliss in some scenarios, and as a father having been involved in a contentious divorce and custody ordeal it was a luxury I found myself longing for at times. Facing a situation where one’s back is against the wall, in a court environment overtly hostile towards those who represent themselves, as a pro se litigant is a place parents should venture with extreme caution. In my situation it came to a point where in keeping up with my own case at times I began to become curious and observe what I knew to be odd behavior and activity within the court and its players.

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The Family Court’s dysfunction further adds to the litigant’s burden

 

2e2ec-votefamily-us2b-2b2015 contact-florida-governor-rick-scott-20161IS FLORIDA’S GOVERNOR SCOTT MAKING ALIMONY REFORM POLITICAL AGAIN? – Press Release Rocket

TALLAHASSEE, FL – 25 Mar, 2016 – Florida’s alimony laws were written in the 1800’s and do not relate to today’s complexities – so, every one’s having a heyday – the lawyers representing alimony payers and recipients have lots of litigation and billable hours – the judges get to “judge” what they want as the law is so vague and in some cases they completely ignore the law on the books – and the alimony recipients are cashing their alimony checks and heading to the beach.

Under Florida’s alimony law, “durational” alimony makes sense as the alimony receiver and payer have a defined termination date.

However, one of Florida’s many alimony problems is “permanent” alimony – a lifetime sentence.

And, no matter what, it better be paid – even if you lose your job, retire, or get sick.

If you stop paying alimony, no matter how legitimate your reason is for your inability to pay, you are declared to be in contempt of court and you go to jail; fair, I think not.

Under Florida’s lifetime alimony, the “ex” lives in hiding and will never remarry, because the remarriage would cause alimony payments to stop.votefamily-us-20151

Also, if you pay alimony to an “ex” (the first wife) and you get remarried, your first wife is now entitled under Florida law to receive some of your new spouse’s income – as the new spouse’s income increases your ability to pay.we the people

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Concerned Citizens for Family Law and Alimony Reform

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CONCERNED CITIZENS FOR FAMILY LAW REFORM PAC

Money is one of the main key’s to influence. Money is what drove a VETO on ‪#‎SB668‬. Nothing else. Follow the trail as we have. We want an open an INCLUSIVE process towards alimony reform. We are in the preliminary stage of creating a political action committee (PAC) to represent our voice. Our PAC will be dedicated to FAMILY LAW REFORM with a focus on alimony, child-share, parental alienation and lawyer billing practices.

We are seeking TALENTED volunteers (there will be no paid positions) to work with our group in various roles.

In no way is this organization meant to replace the efforts of other fine organizations. Our purpose is to ensure reform occurs, our voices are heard, and we are influencing the outcome and agenda of family law reform.

Private message us if you have an interest in volunteering for the leadership and support roles for Concerned Citizens for Family Law Reform PAC.

 

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Equal Custody Bill Passes Florida Senate | HT Politics

TALLAHASSEE

A divided Florida Senate backed a child-sharing bill on Tuesday that would put Florida at the leading edge of efforts to give divorcing parents equal custody of children.

But the bill (SB 250), which cleared the Senate in a 23-15 vote, is headed toward a roadblock in the House, where leaders are pushing an alimony-reform bill that does not have a child-sharing provision.

House Rules Chairman Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne, said the House is prepared to pass an alimony bill (HB 455), sponsored by Rep. Colleen Burton, R-Lakeland, but is not considering other issues that have “weighed down” past reform efforts.

“We are concentrating on alimony reform,” Workman said. “Anything to do with not alimony is not germane in the House.”

Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, sponsor of the Senate bill, anticipated the House opposition, and some weeks ago he said he asked Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, to reach out to House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, to create an informal working group to work out the differences on the child-sharing and alimony legislation.

Lee, who has clashed with Workman, said the working group would have focused “not on egos and personalities but policy differences.”

“They’ve rejected that idea,” Lee said. “So maybe they’re not interested in any of these reforms this year. I don’t know. But it certainly isn’t personal with me. This is all good public policy.”

Lee, a former Senate president and the current Senate budget chairman, said the legislative process works best when lawmakers “respect the priorities of each other, not just our own.” He cited his commitment to House Appropriations Chairman Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, to put a House leadership bill on teacher bonuses, which is not popular in the Senate, up for a vote in the Senate.

“Rather than try to stick somebody up at gunpoint for something I know is their priority, I would like to try to help them move something and hope that they don’t mistake kindness for weakness,” Lee said.

Under the Senate child-sharing bill, child-custody cases would start with the legal presumption that both parents would equally share child care, unless a judge made a finding in writing to modify that arrangement. The bill provides some 22 factors, including 20 already in law, to guide the custody decision.

Lee said the 50-50 child-sharing presumption would create “greater predictability and reliability” in custody cases, replacing the current and vaguer policy of children having “frequent and continuing contact with both parents.”

“Both (parents) will be treated equally when they enter the courthouse door, and the court will then consider the facts of the case,” Lee said.

Nine states and the District of Columbia have a presumption that equal custody is in the best interest of children, according to Senate analysts. Another nine states provide that presumption if the parents agree.

“Society has changed,” Lee said, citing statistics showing more women are the major breadwinners in families. “It is time to reduce litigation costs in the family law system.”

But Lee’s bill drew opposition on the Senate floor.

Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, said he had not seen any convincing data that children would be better off starting with the presumption of equal child sharing in divorce cases.

“Every one of (the divorce cases) has its own interesting twists and turns and its own set of facts,” Clemens said. “Telling the courts that we want them to start from a certain position is prejudicing them even before the case begins.”

Conversation about Parental Alienation - 2016

Source: Florida Senate OKs equal custody bill | February 23, 2016 | Lloyd Dunkelberger | HT Politics

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Post-traumatic Stress in the Rupture of Parent-child Relationships

e8488-parental2balienation2bis2ba2bcrime2bstop2bthe2bhate-2b2015In this second installment of our three-part series on parental alienation, we turn our attention to alienated (targeted) and alienating parents. Parental alienation is the “programming” of a child by one parent to denigrate the other (targeted) parent, in an effort to undermine and interfere with the child’s relationship with that parent, and most often occurs within the context of a child custody conflict. This includes the “legal abuse” of parents who have been disenfranchised from their children’s lives subsequent to sole custody and primary residence judgments. Within an adversarial legal process, non-custodial parents are often subjected to shame and stigma, lack of access to their children, and devaluation of their role as parents. And those who speak about the pain and woundedness in their lives are subjected to a mean-spirited cultural response, where their talk of woundedness is mocked.

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Most alienated parents are non-custodial fathers, and engaging these fathers is a significant challenge, as clinical and research literature has described the lack of “fit” between fathers and therapeutic agents as emanating from two sources: the characteristics of men and fathers themselves (their resistance to counseling andtherapy), and aspects of the therapeutic process (which have failed to successfully engage fathers). Patterns of traditional gender-role socialization directing men toward self-sufficiency and control, independent problem-solving and emotional restraint have largely worked against fathers being able to acknowledge personal difficulties and request help.

fear of self-disclosure and a feeling of disloyalty to one’s family in exposing family problems are not uncommon; a fear of losing control over one’s life and the need to present an image of control or a “facade of coping” in the form of exterior calm, strength, and rationality, despite considerable inner turmoil, characterize many fathers. Professional service providers do not always consider such psychological obstacles to therapy and thus do not address fathers’ unique needs. The research on divorced fathers is clear about their most pressing need: their continued meaningful involvement with their children, as active parents. The lack of recognition of this primary need is the main reason for therapists’ lack of success in engaging alienated fathers.Missing Years of My Daughter Life by Parental Alienation - 2015

Above all, the key to engaging alienated parents is to validate their parental identity, and combine advocacy efforts with counseling focused on enhancing their role as active and responsible parents. Human service professionals have been notably absent in the politicsof reform with respect to the issue of legal child custody, yet they are desperately needed as allies in policy reform efforts. An important role of human service professionals in supporting alienated parents is through such advocacy and activism, challenging the custodial/non-custodial and residential/non-residential parent dichotomy and advancing the cause of co-parenting.

An active program of outreach is essential as alienated parents report a lack of effective support services, and they remain a highly vulnerable population. Service providers need to be persistent and proactive, as it takes time to build and sustain engagement in the context of these parents’ feelings of isolation, helplessness, and their tendency to wait until there is a crisis before accessing support. Parents who were highly involved with and attached to their children and suddenly find themselves forcefully removed from their children’s lives experience profound woundedness. The experience of being removed as a loving parent from the life of one’s child via a sole custody order strikes at the heart of one’s being.

Suicide rates are reported to be of epidemic proportions among parents, fathers in particular, who are struggling to maintain a parenting relationship with their children (Kposowa, 2000; Kposowa, 2003); and legal abuse has been noted as a key factor in these cases. Being vigilant regarding symptoms of post-traumatic stress andsuicidal ideation among non-custodial and alienated fathers and mothers is an essential role for service providers. A strengths-based approach, recognizing alienated parents’ aspirations to their children’s well being and the experience, knowledge and skills that they can contribute to this well being, while maintaining the high road in addressing the alienation, is vital.

And finally, what about the alienating parent, who uses a combination of fear, lies, flattery and gratification of material desires to win over their child, and whose sense of entitlement and desire to control the child is greater than the desire to nurture and care for the child? As Amy Baker writes, parents who try to alienate their child from the other parent subtlely or overtly convey a three-part message to the child: I am the only parent who loves you and you need me to feel good about yourself; the other parent is dangerous and unavailable; and pursuing a relationship with the other parent jeopardizes your relationship with me.

Alienating parents are themselves emotionally fragile, often enmeshed with the child, with a “sense of entitlement, needing control, knowing only how to take” (Richardson, 2006). Yet although it is easy to pathologize and blame such parents, it must be remembered that alienating behavior is encouraged in the context of a legal adversarial forum where the goal is to “win” the custody or residence of one’s child. And although some would recommend a solution of removing child custody from alienating parents and placing children in the care of non-alienating parents, it is often very difficult to adjudicate who actually is the alienating and who is the targeted parent. Family law judges are not trained in the finer points of child development and family dynamics, and can be easily swayed by legal arguments made on behalf of disputing parents, including alienating parents.Parental-alienation-As a victim - StandupforZoraya 2015

On the matter of parental alienation, I have come to see that the problem is systemic innature; that is, the problem lies primarily in the adversarial nature of legal determination of parenting after divorce. Parents are set up to fight in an effort to win “primary residence” or “custody” of their children, and the system tends to reward those skilled in adversarial combat. Parents often win their case by disparaging the other parent as a parent, in effect engaging in alienating behaviors, and the system thereby encourages and produces alienating behavior. A legal presumption of co-parenting, rebuttable in established cases of child abuse and family violence, may in fact be the most effective means of combating parental alienation and curtailing its damaging consequences, while at the same time protecting the safety and well-being of children at risk of abuse.

The final installment of our three-part series on parental alienation will examine programs, services and interventions that combat alienation, and seek to reunite estranged parents and their children while addressing the significant clinical challenges in working with alienating parents.

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Kposowa, A. (2000). “Marital Status and Suicide in the National Longitudinal Mortality Study.” Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 54, 254-261.

Kposowa, A. (2003). “Divorce and Suicide Risk.” Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 57, 993-995.

Richardson, P. (2006). A Kidnapped Mind. Toronto: Dundurn Press.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/co-parenting-after-divorce/201305/the-impact-parental-alienation-parents

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Termination of Parental Rights – Florida Case Kingsley v. Kingsley

OMG! I have found the mother load of all cases.

Kingsley v. Kingsley, 623 so. 2d 780 18 Fla: district court of appeals, 5th district, 1993 – google scholar

This 1 case will give you all the necessary cases to beat DCF on TPR cases in Florida.e3b2e-flag-of-florida

Other states, possibly because this case list constitutional law and federal law. Although this mother lost her parental rights because of  “clear and convincing evidence” of abandonment, our 5th DCA gave everyone in Florida an opinion so detailed with any case to support your argument against TPR that everyone should send the 5th DCA letters of thank you.

Anyone dealing with TPR need to read this case and get out the necessary cases they need to fight DCA. Every state should be interested in this case.

Kingsley v. Kingsley, 623 so. 2d 780 18 fla: district court of appeals, 5th district, 1993-google scholarChild on the stand - 2016

Writ Of Mandamus Against The Trial Court Judge

Writ of Mandamus in Family Law Cases

On occasion a trial court may abuse its discretion with respect to rulings on family law cases so as to warrant an immediate review by a higher court. This process is called a writ of mandamus against the trial court judge making the incorrect ruling or abuse of discretion.

To be entitled to the extraordinary relief of a writ of mandamus, the relator must show that the trial court clearly abused its discretion and he has no adequate remedy by appealIn re Team Rocket, L.P., 256 S.W.3d 257, 259 (Tex. 2008) (orig. proceeding). A trial court clearly abuses its discretion if it reaches a decision so arbitrary and unreasonable as to amount to a clear and prejudicial error of law. Walker v. Packer, 827 S.W.2d 833, 839 (Tex. 1992) (orig. proceeding). In determining whether the trial court abused its discretion in the resolution of factual matters, the court of appeals may not substitute its judgment for that of the trial court and may not disturb the trial court’s decision unless it is shown to be arbitrary and unreasonable. In re Sanders, 153 S.W.3d 54, 56 (Tex. 2004) (orig. proceeding) (per curiam). Therefore, the relator must establish that the trial court could have reached only one decision. Walker, 827 S.W.2d at 840. An abuse of discretion does not exist if the trial court bases its decision on conflicting evidence and some evidence supports the trial court’s decision. IKB Indus. (Nigeria) Ltd. v. Pro‑Line Corp., 938 S.W.2d 440, 445 (Tex. 1997); Ruiz v. Conoco, Inc., 868 S.W.2d 752, 758 (Tex. 1993).

Appellate courts do not generally overrule trial court rulings, especially when conflicting evidence are submitted by opposing parties. Such was the case in the recent ruling by the 14th Court of Appeals last February in the case of In Re John W. Small who asked the higher court to compel the presiding judge of County Court at Law No. 1 of Galveston County, to set aside her October 31, 2008 order finding relator in contempt for failing to pay court-ordered temporary spousal support to real party in interest, Murriah S. McMaster, and to to reverse her November 1, 2005 order awarding temporary spousal support to McMaster. Because the trial court did not abuse its discretion, writ of mandamus was denied.

 

Fight Corrupted Family Courts and CPS

OMG! I have found the mother load of all cases. This 1 case will give you all the necessary cases to beat DCF on TPR cases in florida. Other states, possibly because this case list constitutional law and federal law. Although this mother lost her parental rights because of “clear and convincing evidence” of abandonment, our 5th dca gave everyone in florida an opinion so detailed with any case to support your argument against TPR that everyone should send the 5th dca letters of thank you. Anyone dealing with TPR need to read this case and get out the necessary cases they need to fight DCA. Every state should be interested in this case.

Kingsley v. Kingsley, 623 so. 2d 780 18 fla: district court of appeals, 5th district, 1993-google scholar

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Communicating In Family Courts

However impartial that Judge may want to be, they are still a stranger to you and your children, usually having little or no advance in-depth awareness of the particular nuances of your case being presented in Court. Moreover, and despite some opinions to the contrary, a Judge is still subject to the same human faults as you or any other person. They can be having a “bad day” and prone to mood swings, illogical conclusions, distractions in their personal life, previous poor experience with your attorney, or a host of other things to affect the way things transpire in the courtroom.
Do not expect the Judge to make the “right” decision. There are three perspectives the Judge can consider when making a decision: your way, your spouse’s way, or the Judge’s way. Already, that’s a 2 out of 3 chance things will not go in your favor. But since you’ve decided that the Court is the best option to settle your dispute, here are some important tips to help you get through the process, and potentially influence a better decision – or at least not make things worse.

Project Fatherhood FL 11- 2015What is done in the dark will be brought to light - 2016Closed Court precludes any balance analysis of proceedings and when Jack Straw as our one time Justice Minister attempted to ‘Open’ the Court, he was met by derision by the very Judges who should have been called to account.  Camilla Cavendish, who won an award for her Family Law column in The Times, was one of the first Journalists to be invited into Family Court in Ipswich and it was clear to me that at that time the same safeguards put in place for sensitive criminal cases could apply to Civil Laws, i.e. Child A, Family XYZ or even a serial number Journalists could refer to a case when given out to news of Parliament.Courtroom Camaras ABA Article 2007 - Florida Judge - 2015
 
Judges either willingly or otherwise collude with Barristers and Solicitors in perpetuating this corruption where financial gain can be achieved by their Court, rarely do they benefit either party, least of all the children involved and due to the closed nature of these Courts there is no accountability (if you appeal is it likely one Judge will contradict another).
 
Money is the fuel to injustice and closed courts hide this fact from public scrutiny! 
Closed Court precludes any balance analysis of proceedings and when Jack Straw as our one time Justice Minister attempted to ‘Open’ the Court, he was met by derision by the very Judges who should have been called to account. Camilla Cavendish, who won an award for her Family Law column in The Times, was one of the first Journalists to be invited into Family Court in Ipswich and it was clear to me that at that time the same safeguards put in place for sensitive criminal cases could apply to Civil Laws, i.e. Child A, Family XYZ or even a serial number Journalists could refer to a case when given out to news of Parliament. Judges either willingly or otherwise collude with Barristers and Solicitors in perpetuating this corruption where financial gain can be achieved by their Court, rarely do they benefit either party, least of all the children involved and due to the closed nature of these Courts there is no accountability (if you appeal is it likely one Judge will contradict another). Money is the fuel to injustice and closed courts hide this fact from public scrutiny!

Closed Court precludes any balance analysis of proceedings and when Jack Straw as our one time Justice Minister attempted to ‘Open’ the Court, he was met by derision by the very Judges who should have been called to account. Camilla Cavendish, who won an award for her Family Law column in The Times, was one of the first Journalists to be invited into Family Court in Ipswich and it was clear to me that at that time the same safeguards put in place for sensitive criminal cases could apply to Civil Laws, i.e. Child A, Family XYZ or even a serial number Journalists could refer to a case when given out to news of Parliament.
Judges either willingly or otherwise collude with Barristers and Solicitors in perpetuating this corruption where financial gain can be achieved by their Court, rarely do they benefit either party, least of all the children involved and due to the closed nature of these Courts there is no accountability (if you appeal is it likely one Judge will contradict another). Money is the fuel to injustice and closed courts hide this fact from public scrutiny!

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What Are You Really Trying To Say

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            Most of the time, parents don’t know what questions to ask or where to start in a family court case. It’s quite common for parents to be somewhat clueless about the whole process of getting custody or visitation of their kids or going through a straight divorce, and that’s okay. One of the biggest problems with situations like this is communication. If you don’t know what to say or how to say it, the chances are pretty good that your attorney or the person presiding over your mediation session or even the judge, will get confused about who’s talking about who, what the issue really is and what you or your ex wants out of this. Any amount of confusion is not good in these kinds of situations. In family law, the judge is going to make a decision based on what…

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SOMETIMES JUDGES JUST DON’T MAKE SENSE!

The law is well established that alimony and attorney fees, even temporary, are is-florida-s-governor-scott-making-alimony-reform-political-again12to be determined on need and ability to pay.   The appellate court found, as many other appellate courts have found, that a temporary award that virtually exhausts one party’s income and deprives that party of the ability to support himself or herself is not based on that party’s ability to pay and constitutes an abuse of discretion.

So, whether you are a client or the attorney representing that client, b1dfd-the2bfamily2bcourt2bis2bwrong25212521I promise you, both are asking….why is it necessary for a person to spend thousands of dollars to appeal an order that is so out of touch with the established law? The answer … 

Our Judges are elected officials, when you voted last, did you know the qualifications of those persons for whom you voted?  Most of our Judges, work long hours and exercise due diligence in weighing the evidence, they are passionate and caring individuals, but seriously….ordering over 80% of a persons net income and leaving them with insufficient funds to put a roof over their heads…not logical.  It just doesn’t make sense.

Do not re-elect bad family court judges - 2016If you have a question or problem with the amount of alimony or child support you have been ordered to pay, contact our office and we will be happy to assist you in analyzing the reasonableness of the order.

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This week, the Appellate Court reversed a trial Judge’s order that a spouse pay over 80% of his net income to the Wife in temporary spousal support, child support and attorney fees.  It was a temporary order without prejudice, but seriously?…The decision is not yet final as the time for rehearing has not past but on December 4, 2013, the 2nd DCA in Hoffman v. Hoffman ruled that the circuit court abused its discretion in requiring the husband to virtually exhaust his monthly income to make the court-ordered temporary spousal support, child support, and attorney’s fees and costs payments. 

I am sure this gentleman left the courtroom shaking his head and asking “how can that be?”  The trial judge found the husband’s net monthly income was $6,030.11 and order him to pay  the Wife $ 4,852.90.  Essentially, he was left with only $1,177.21 which was not enough to even pay his monthly rental…

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Rant About Disgraceful Family Law Attorneys

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If you have been through divorce then you are familiar with the rules and procedures that govern the legal process of divorce. Divorce is a civil action, and every state has rules of civil procedure that are supposed to be followed during the divorce process.

What you don’t hear about — but have probably fallen victim to — are the unwritten rules. These are the rules that define how judges and lawyers conduct themselves with each other.

These unwritten rules can have more to do with the outcome of a divorce case than the written rules.

It’s my opinion that when it comes to the family court system, the only interests served are those of divorce lawyers and family court Judges.7eefc-family2blaw2b-2bfathers2band2bfamilies

When Lawyers and Judges Cover For Each Other

Most judges and lawyers will not report each other for misconduct or violations of judicial ethics. Judges especially can get away with bad behavior, because lawyers don’t want to get on a judge’s bad side. Lawyers know they will go before the judge again, and staying chummy with the judge can be more important than their client getting a high standard of care in a lot of situations.

I have a close friend who took her ex-spouse back to court seven times in an attempt to collect child support. She has a court order that he pay a certain amount per month and her attorney requested the judge sign anincome withholding order so that her ex spouse’s wages could be garnished.

It has been two years since her last court appearance and she is still waiting for the judge to sign the income withholding order and still living with her ex slow leaking child support payments to her at his whim.

What has her attorney done? Nothing, he is afraid of “pissing off the judge.” And, according to her attorney pissed off judges take out their anger on attorneys and their clients.  I witnessed this happen during my own divorce and have heard story after story from men and women who were held hostage by attorneys who were afraid of damaging their relationship with a judge.

Attorneys who refused to file motions or petitions that would get the court involved and a client’s problem solved out of fear of “pissing off the judge.”

In my friends case there are legal avenues open to her attorney but he refuses to take action because staying on the judge’s good side is more important than his fiduciary duty to his client.

Therein lies one of the major problems with the Family Court System. How can the system hold an ex spouse accountable when lawyers and judges can’t or won’t hold themselves and each other accountable?

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