Goodbye Scott Pierson. This is the father who committed suicide leaving behind two children who will miss him very much. Constant battle with divorce and custody ending up bankrupt. His ex, the very next day after his death, began to search looking for money she could tap into. Scott is actually quite well known in WA State. He was a teacher and a professional musician in an orchestra. His students are devastated as well as the musical community. Rest in Peace, Scott.
this is horrible! shame on the system!
All states should automatically assume a 50%/50% custody as the default position in every divorce. This should only ever change if there is clear evidence of neglect or abuse. Additionally, any evidence that one parent is attempting to malign their child/children against the other by direct pressure or subtle manipulation should result in drastic penalties (fines, mandatory community service, and/or parenting lessons) for the parent who is attempting to alienate the child/children from their other parent.
FAMILY COURTS, IT'S TIME FOR THE WRECKING BALL TO SWING THE OTHER WAY AND DEMOLISH THE CURRENT SYSTEM OF FAMILY COURTS.
As a court observer I have been concerned in what is happening in Family Courts lately. I am struck by the overall apathy of people until it directly affects their lives. Apathy is the very thing that destroys a nation. When we become apathetic we let down our guard and allow the wolves to enter the sheep’s fold. These wolves are cleverly disguised as sheep but no...
As a court observer I have been concerned in what is happening in Family Courts lately. I am struck by the overall apathy of people until it directly affects their lives. Apathy is the very thing that destroys a nation. When we become apathetic we let down our guard and allow the wolves to enter the sheep’s fold. These wolves are cleverly disguised as sheep but no matter what they look like on the outside they are wolves who seek to devour every thing in site. That our current system that allows and encourages high conflict in the Family Court is unacceptable and destructive in nature.
America’s family courts are causing millions of children undue suffering as a result of rulings which result in one parent, usually the father, being cut out of their children’s lives. These actions against our children are NOTHING LESS THAN CHILD ABUSE, the results of which we are just now realizing all across this country. If you have any doubt, just Google corrupt family courts, then post a comment.
All col laterals (foster care givers, Guardian ad Litem volunteers, mental health professionals, parenting coordinators and others) HARASS, LIE, MANIPULATE, VIOLATE COURT ORDERS, COERCE, INTIMIDATE, COMMIT PERJURY, VIOLATE LAWS (Federal and State). This system is BROKEN and they all know it! This system produces HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS of dollars in Federal Funding for the states annually; and infinitely more lining the pockets of the participants (judges, attorneys, social workers, mental health professionals, doctors, pharmaceutical companies, women’s shelters, foster parents, foster care facilities, only to name a few).
It’s time for the wrecking ball to swing the other way and dismantle our current Family Courts as we know it today.
As always…FOLLOW THE MONEY.
It's like a quota system. How to make money for the courts because the millions in the budget is not enough for them. IMO, just like all fraudulent reports the aim is to deceive, slander and win the court hearing before you ever enter into a courtroom.
The need for change is an understatement. Our children dserve a future.
Without monitoring and supervision, the proceedings in family court have long been said to undermine the very goal of keeping "the best interest of children" in mind. Reform may not be sufficient to the re-creation of family law and its court room proceedings beginning with monitoring and supervision.
Monitor yourself if there is no history of neglect.
Don Pierce The Court system does need to be monitored. In California we have Commissioners actings as Judges. The Commissioner is a lawyer with minimal training and makes decisions about peoples lives. My Granddaughter's rights have been trampled on while the Commissioner decides about the parents' issues. My Granddaughters are living in a one bedroom mobile home with their paternal Grandmother and the father refuses to get a job. And I say refuses because he has been told by the...
Don Pierce The Court system does need to be monitored. In California we have Commissioners actings as Judges. The Commissioner is a lawyer with minimal training and makes decisions about peoples lives. My Granddaughter's rights have been trampled on while the Commissioner decides about the parents' issues. My Granddaughters are living in a one bedroom mobile home with their paternal Grandmother and the father refuses to get a job. And I say refuses because he has been told by the Commissioner that he needs to look for a job twice and was also told by a criminal court that he needed to get a job. Last month the grandmother sent them packing at night. One granddaughter is in KG and the other one is 4. The mother is in the Navy and has a place for the girls but the commissioner still sees no need for the girls to be placed with their mother. This has been going on since July 2011 when she returned from deployment. By the way This is NOT a unique case.
http://www.change.org/petitions/unity-and-re-unification-we-deserve-a-second-chance this is why we need reform!
~ A WORD ABOUT SELF REPRESENTATION ~.
The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has been interpreted to provide EVERY AMERICAN with the CONSTITUTIONAL right to self-representation, if they so choose. That privilege, like all other constitutional rights, should be enjoyed without fear of harassment, prejudice, or abuse. Furthermore, no law, regulation, or policy should exist to abridge or surreptitiously extinguish that right.
Self-Represented Litigants have no less of a right to FAIR...
Self-Represented Litigants have no less of a right to FAIR and MEANINGFUL due process under the federal and state constitutions as those individuals who choose to utilize an attorney for their legal affairs and issues. In fact, NOWHERE in any state or federal constitution does it specify that the hiring of a lawyer is a prerequisite to exercising one's due process rights. Democratic principles dictate that we have the right to freely choose between self-representation and hiring a lawyer to handle our legal matters without suffering humiliation, prejudice, or penalization. After all, it is the parties to the litigation that ultimately have to deal with the consequences of the case's outcome, and not the judge or the lawyers involved in the matter.
Contrary to the view of certain judges and lawyers, those who opt to litigate their own legal matters without an attorney are NOT second-class citizens deserving of contempt and injustice. Instead, they are BRAVE CITIZENS with an inalienable right to have their legal causes adjudicated objectively and justly -- with or without a lawyer. Self-representation can be a difficult, time-consuming, and often frightening experience, especially for those burdened by demanding work schedules, family responsibilities, and other obligations of day-to-day living. Accordingly, those who engage in the difficult task of self-litigation should be REVERED for their COURAGE and DEDICATION, not scorned or abused.
We also need to amass momentous opposition against those persons, agencies, and institutions who, in the interest of protecting huge profits, careers, and prestige, subject self-litigants to a hostile and often abusive litigation atmosphere calculated to suppress self-representation and force people to become completely and financially dependent on lawyers to gain "paid" access to a taxpayer-funded legal system.
I am learning that children are commodities to be used and experimented upon --and extract money to boot --son is being "studied" as research project in MH on parental alienation as he is being abused by the court system.
The Los Angeles County Family Court is a DISGRACE! The right hand does NOT know what the left hand is doing. The county workers who govern our court are undertrained and barely speak ENGLISH. To refuse legal aid and advise to a tax paying hard working single mother? While Illegal, crackhead, and welfare collecting people line the halls of our Courthouse are eligible?- is downright incomprehensible to ME! I'm Furious!
I am an alimony payer to the mother of my children to who has not participated in my children's lives since the divorce. She is perfectly capable to work (and is for her live in boyfriend).
They will not marry she would lose the alimony. So my children have lost the benefit of having the money I pay her to which I would have given them. And she has never given them any benefit of the monies I pay her.
I am one of the more than 20 yr. marriage and don't I ever expect to have my Alimony...
I am one of the more than 20 yr. marriage and don't I ever expect to have my Alimony modified. But I will be damned if I will not fight for my Daughter and my Son going forward.
Both of my children (20 and 27) no longer communicate with my ex-wife...They see the injustice of Permanent Alimony and the fact that their mother has chosen to not make a life change that will allow it to end......I never have nor will I encourage them to not be in her life. But they have made the choice not to be in hers.