“The failures of family court are creating a human rights crisis…” Letter Submitted to Info Wars E-Mail Campaign

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My letter to Lee Ann McAdoo of Info Wars

Hello Lee Ann,

I am writing to ask you to please do a weekly segment on the subject of systemic failures, and Constitutional violations occurring in family court (and CPS).

I am writing to ask you this as a mother who has been affected by family court injustice, and because there is a great need to raise awareness. I have been involved in family court litigation for 11 years with an abusive, personality-disordered (confirmed by court psych eval) ex. I fled the relationship after an act of domestic violence left me, and my two children, homeless. Incredibly the abuser later filed for sole custody.. and through a series of illegal, unethical and Unconstitutional court actions I not only lost custody of my children but serious allegations of child abuse have also been covered up.

At the time of the court order, my ex had over a dozen documented child abuse allegations against him, with therapists filing reports to CPS. Both children suffer from PTSD and related problems. My ex was also a wanted fugitive at the time of the court order, had a history of substance abuse, and admitted in court that he “will not co-parent”. The judge (Ivy Bernhardson) issuing the court ruling stated her reasoning in part is that my fear of the abuser is not healthy for my children. I was also told that being in an address confidentiality program for victims of domestic violence is “keeping secrets” from my abuser, and is harmful to my children. This is how a loving mother, and primary caregiver, was forcibly separated from her children and alienated by court order. The abuse continues after he was awarded custody. Every time I file court motions, I lose more and more. All I want is to be a mother to my children, and to share our lives together as family. I want my children to have a normal, happy childhood free of abuse. Their childhood has been stolen from them by the family court, and with it, their mother and cultural identity has also been stolen. But I keep fighting to protect my children.

The failures of family court are creating a human rights crisis that is affecting an untold number of families across America destroying families and the futures of children. I say an “untold number” of families because the lack of transparency, and lack of accountability, in the system has served to cover up the corruption and criminal actions of judges, Guardian ad Litems and other professionals involved in what has become a money-making industry that profits from the suffering of children, and families.

In my home state of Minnesota there documentation showing problems in family court (and by extension, the Guardian ad Litem program) have existed for over 20 years… imagine how many families have been affected in all that time. It is widely known, and accepted, among Minnesota’s elected officials, that serious problems exist in family court and that children have been harmed as a result. CPS reform has begun in Minnesota. However, the problems existing in family court (and the GAL program) continue to go ignored – or otherwise not dealt with. And with it, the voices of victims go unheard.

Below I will include in more detail what some of the problems are, and some related statistics to illustrate systemic problems, and corruption occurring in family court. I will be happy to provide more information, or documentation on my own case, upon request. I appreciate you taking the time to read this letter, and hope you will consider doing a segment on family court and CPS failures.

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Common complaints of from parents who have suffered injustices in family court include:

Failure to protect the victims of domestic violence, and their children from ongoing abuse and threat of harm. Failure to recognize abuse that continues post separation, and manifests in the court setting.

Allegations of abuse are ignored or minimized, putting children’s lives at risk. Even when children come forward to bravely reveal abuse, they are ignored or suppressed. Children who report abuse are often accused of being brainwashed and often sent to de-programming, threat therapy and re-unification therapy which are tools used to ultimately strip the protective parent of custody, and grant custody to an abusive or unfit parent.

Children taken from fit, loving parents without just cause and given into the custody of abusive or unfit parents (who often have a criminal history, positive for substance abuse, history of abuse allegations, OFPs filed against them etc)

Inability to afford legal help, lack of resources for legal help or legal clinics. Many parents go to court pro se, not knowing their rights and unable to effectively represent themselves. Yet these parents are held to the same standards as attorneys. Further, the court will grant an attorney to a Guardian ad Litem, paid for by the tax payers, if a complaint is raised. Parents not given the same opportunity.

Without legal help or limited resources, parents face great challenges appealing an unjust court ruling.

Significant due process violations.

Courts stripping parents of children, property, assets and income without due process or in proceedings that violate their rights.

Use of materials, mental health labels, submissions that does not meet evidentiary standards by court professionals. This material is used to justify the court’s own illegal and Unconstitutional actions.. or used to justify taking children from parents.

Guardian ad Litems and family court professionals making medical opinions, diagnosis, recommending treatment without proper licensure and without any valid credentials. The recommendations made are then used to take custody of children, limit or deny parenting time, force parents into supervised visitation etc

Denial or restriction of parenting time without justification, and without remedy to restore parenting time and/or parental rights. Many parents linger in supervised visitation for years, at great cost to them because they actually have to pay to see their children. Other parents are forcibly removed from their children’s lives never to see them again.

Jailing parents

Unconstitutional gag orders. This often happens when parents speak out or complain against the court. Or, alternately, against parents who speak out about abuse.

Judge entering false or erroneous information into the findings of fact. Once this happens it is virtually impossible to overcome, and the family court case will become prejudiced against one parent.

Bias

Lack of proper training or experience in family law.

Lack of proper training or experience in related subjects such as: domestic violence, child development, diversity, etc

Lack of accountability in court system, and lack of oversight.

Lack of complaint procedure. Judges and court professionals often hide behind a veil of immunity. Immunity does not exist when acting outside mandated duties.

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Some sobering statistics:

Studies show that batterers have been able to convince authorities that the victim is unfit or undeserving of sole custody in approximately 70% of challenged cases.” American Judges Association “Domestic Violence Publication”

The vast majority of these mothers (97%) reported that court personnel ignored or minimized reports of abuse. They reported feeling that they were punished for trying to protect their children and 65% said they were threatened with sanctions if the “talked publicly” about the case. In all, 45% of the mothers say they were labeled as having Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS). The protective parents reported that the average cost of the court proceedings was over $80,000.Over a quarter of the protective parents say they were forced to file bankruptcy as a result of filing for custody of their children. Eighty-five percent of the protective parents surveyed believe that their children are still being abused; however, 63% say they stopped reporting the abuse for fear that contact with their children will be terminated. Eleven percent of the children were reported to have attempted suicide.Myths That Place Children At Risk During Custody Litigation”. Dallam. S. J., & Silberg, J. L. (Jan/Feb 2006). Leadership Council.

According to a judge for the Sacramento Superior Court, more than 92,500 family law cases were filed with the family court during the four-year period under review. However, the judge stated that the family court does not capture data on the types of cases for which it is more likely to require court appointees, such as cases with contested child custody and visitation, because the family court can think of no reason, legal or otherwise, for the use of such data.” – Sacramento and Marion Superior Courts Audit, 2011 

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About Emily Court

It takes "Just Us" To Fight Injustice in Family Court. I blog to raise awareness about problems existing in the family court system, and use my own story as a personal example of how the systemic failures in family court, and the Guardian ad Litem Program, affect families, in an effort to encourage needed reform. "Emily Court" is a survivor of domestic violence and homelessness working to create a better life for her children, in a stable home free of violence. In her efforts to rebuild her life, she has not only encountered harassment and intimidation from her alleged abuser but faced systematic failures in family court that have empowered her alleged abuser and put her children at risk. Emily is fighting to keep her kids safe, and bring them home. Through writing and blogging, Emily is working to raise awareness about domestic violence, and the urgent need for family court reform. She is currently working on a memoir titled "'Til Prayers Are Answered".
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4 Responses to “The failures of family court are creating a human rights crisis…” Letter Submitted to Info Wars E-Mail Campaign

  1. Gary T says:

    I am on the other side of this battle, yet with the same complaints about the family court system.
    Everything you said about them shading the truth, creating false premises, and generally just pushing whatever agenda they have at the moment by gaming their own system is true in my case as well.
    But I am the supposed abuser, accused and charged 4 times with things that no one would consider abuse, but put through the ringer anyway, and although completely exonerated of any charge, I was still continued to be treated as an abuser — but I did NOT get my kid back, rather I am now the estranged one, even though the child lives in a household where she is drugged up and told lies about her father.
    It is the family court system that is the problem, who have such wide latitude in what they do, they can whitewash real abusers and give custody to them, or put a scarlet letter on a loving parent even if exonerated, and take the child away from them. Whatever is convenient to players in the court, not what is reality, or in the best interests of the child.
    I have written about my experiences in “Missing Anya”, which you can google read there.

    • Emily Court says:

      Hi Gary- I would be happy to post a link to “Missing Anya”.
      RE: “It is the family court system that is the problem, who have such wide latitude in what they do, they can whitewash real abusers and give custody to them, or put a scarlet letter on a loving parent even if exonerated, and take the child away from them. Whatever is convenient to players in the court, not what is reality, or in the best interests of the child.”
      This is so true! The court has an agenda to take children from fit, loving parents and place them into the custody of abusive or unfit, dysfunctional parents. I really believe there is a power in parents coming together to expose the corruption and fight for reform. We have to put our children first – and stop fighting each other – and instead fight the system.
      Sending prayers and support. xo

  2. K says:

    Story after story, it reads the same. I’ve had full custody of our child, and a no contact order of protection against my ex, and none of it has helped my family. There’s even a neglect record against my ex from child protection services.

    In the last couple years, we’ve been to several different states, numerous cities across America, and he’s always found us, threatened us, and violated with no legal repercussions. Now, we’ve had no choice, we finally had to cross international borders. He’s threatened our lives, stalked us across state lines, took money out of my bank, intimidated, showed up at my child’s school, which is also listed on the protection order, and they haven’t violated him one time.

    You are right, they start looking at you like you’re crazy even though the proof is right in front of them. Even if they are the one to write the evidence into the police report. Those who believe and understand, tell you that you the documents are only a piece of paper and they hold no protection value. Law enforcement can only do something if they catch him in a violent act or you die.

    I’ve been threatened by cps that if I could not protect my kids from my ex that child services would have to step in and take custody of my children to keep them safe from him. Guess what? Because I had to flee again, and with my ex stalking he knew I was gone, the courts decided to grant him unsupervised visitation for 2 weeks out of state. My child suffers from PTSD, anxiety, and a stomach disorder that is brought on by stress and they want to do what? How? Why? I just don’t get it! He had a lawyer, that should not make a difference when abuse is present.

    Our kids should have a voice! To make matters even worse, because I wasn’t there to allow this order for visitation to happen, I now have a warrant and risk losing my child if I come back to the U.S. Unbelievable!

    Though at this point in my fight to protect by babies, it shouldn’t be surprising. Since the first time I looked for assistance to protect my children, I’ve found that domestic violence is a money-making scam and the officials that stand by it usually only do so to make themselves look good. I contacted a U.S. rep who signed the VAWA to ask where to turn for help when your case applies to this act and you can’t find the assistance. I was asked why I was calling them. REALLY! Then I was told to call someone else-who said to call someone else-who did the same. The courts didn’t even know how to apply the act in “real life” when I tried to report my move as the Violence Against Women Act applies. It’s a disgraceful civil and human rights violation, and it’s the judges who allow the abuser to further victimized these innocent babies. These rulers over the courts who ALLOW this to happen should get charged with abuse, neglect, rape, and in too many cases, murder. How do you fight to protect your children when the system fights you back 10-fold?

    He had a lawyer, I couldn’t afford one because there is no legal aid unless you are behind the hand of violence. That’s the worst part of all this, he can have a lawyer when he commits the crime, but I don’t qualify if I try to prevent further crimes from happening to my family. This is some third world nonsense right here in America. A place I used to be proud to call home.

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