There are perhaps hundreds of parents like Sunny who have been bankrupted through the CT courts, essentially extorted out of a relationship with their children. Recently, journalist Keith Harmon Snow posted on his website a story listing over 70 cases involving mothers who were never found to be dangerous or unfit, but none the less lost custody after their children reported they were physically or sexually assaulted by their fathers. Mothers who continued to seek legal protection or medical treatment for the children’s injuries were ordered to pay supervised visitation centers to see their children. “
Bethany, Connecticut: True story of how Sunny Kelley lost custody of her son, Max, after reporting physical and sexual abuse (with documentation, medical evidence and statements from Max to validate her claims). Family Court awarded sole custody to the abuser, and placed Sunny in supervised visitation. Sunny was bankrupted by the high cost of family court proceedings, and when she could not pay the costs of supervised visits, she lost contact with her son.
This article also investigates the Family Court money trail, showing that the family court system profits from extended litigation, and forcing families to use and pay for their services. When involved in family court, the families are forced to use the specialized services, and professionals closely connected to the court, (GALs, evaluators, supervised visitation centers, educational classes etc) – “Understand that when you are sued, you cannot opt out of participating in the legal process, nor can you take your business with the law elsewhere”
This is a heart breaking article that exposes the dark heart of corruption in family court.
Please go to this link to view the whole article:
“Finding Ground Zero in Connecticut” by Jerome Elam. 2/28/2013. The Washington Times Communities : http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/heart-without-compromise-children-and-children-wit/2013/feb/28/finding-ground-zero-connecticut-part-i/