September 9, 2013 § Leave a comment   –  A Wiki-like resource for reporters and family court litigants.  California judges information now available online.

Family Court is the nation’s largest court.  It’s the one court most used most often, media nearly wholly ignores.  Occasionally, one breaks through.  Such as Rupert Murdoch filing for divorce from his very supportive, wife Wendi.  Who once protected Rupert from a pie attack.

September 1, 2013;  Two basic tips for divorcing a crackhead.  (Listen up Kloe Kardashian)

1.  Ignore anything the individual says,
2.  But pay very close attention to what the crackhead does.

We offer this as family court – long completely dysfunctional, has now turned for want of a better word, lunatic.  How else could a child rapist Jamie Melendez,demand visitation rights?

The problem is partly, media.

September 1, 2013.  Reporters used to describe Familylawcourt litigants as “disgruntled.”  No more.  Judges accused of plotting to kill their ex-wives, help end that practice.  Thanks Judge Christopher Dupuy!  Now.  if only officials would be as concerned with talk of killing his ex as they are with the eight counts of retaliation against attorneys representing ex, things would be better.  (In fairness, it is Texas.)

May 22: 2013 – DATELINE   Update

May 20, 2013:  GO DAD!  Producer  Brian Grazer asks Court for less nanny, more Dad, afterstating nanny fed her racist views to kids, along with meals.  Ex-wife Gigi has yet to respond.

May – 2013:  DATELINE to air this feature the last week in May. (As with all things, schedule subject to change.)

For the short version, click here.  But in a nutshell, Government has essentially abandoned women, who continue paying taxes for police services, the police refuse to provide.  Non-profits are involved, but only in a self-serving kind of way.

Moving along.  
The documentary  “Don’t Divorce the Kids” doesn’t cover a key aspect to family court:  That therapists or the threat of therapists is generally a game changer.  See Katie Holmes divorce, or the brilliant report by the California appellate court opinion in Tharp vs. Tharp….which echoes what various litigants have been reporting for decades.

But wait there’s more!

The con of “domestic violence.” exposes non-profits purporting to “address” Domestic violence, are in fact, secretly lobbying against the solution empowering women to save their own life.  That is real-time GPS that would warn potential ahead of time, and in time to vacate an area.  See two videos here.

The dirty secret of non-profits is this:  crime pays.  California’s largest non-profit, “The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence knows this.  Which is why they threatened legislators they would pull their support of Kathy’s Law if Family Court was included in the law.  See the Non-profit section for details.  We encourage legislators to resist their grant requests, and others to resist their seemingly endless fundraisers and donation requests.

Also see the Predictive policing section.  The police are keen on predictive policing software as long as it is used for property.  Lives?  Not so much. But then, the police have their own issues with women.  They don’t want to take reports involving Family assaults.  See graph here.  The upshot being women pay taxes for police services the police refuse to provide.  This is not a secret to government officials.  Which is why the killings continue. 

But wait there’s more!

Breaking:  Double murderer Jeremy Peoples wins custody of his two kids upon release from prison. Colorado Magistrate Magistrate Ruben Hernandez said the parental bond was “sacrosanct.” The kids aren’t interested, but no one is listening them them.

But wait there’s more!

Also, for the five people in America who didn’t know Fox’s Bill O’Reilly care nothing for family, please review the lengths O’Reilly went to alienate his kids from their mom, at the Parental Alienation section of this site.

Feb. 3, 2013:   Indiana’s Stephen Perry asks black co-worker to find him a hit man so he doesn’t have to go through a divorce.  Perry’s thinking was his black co-worker would know who would get the job done.  “I just want this to be over and done with,” Perry said, according to a five-minute recording described in the affidavit. “So if she dies, I can drop the divorce lawsuit, she’s dead and I’m free.”

November 13, 2012:  Generals David Petraeus and Allen Wood implicated in custody action of Jill Kelly’s sister.

Recent:  November 2, 2012:  In an age of  “Super Lawyers” consider this Dallas and Plano group from Texas.  It kinda makes one wonder about what exactly makes a group of seemingly sexist attorneys, “Super Lawyers.”

Mitt Romney involved in divorce action isn’t as surprising as people might think, given his position as church elder.  As reported by TMZ, Mitt committed perjury in an earlier deposition in the very protracted, very messy divorce of Staples’ Tom Stemberg.  Supposedly Mitt claimed Staples stock was overvalued.

San Ramon family law attorney Mary Nolan pleads “Not Guilty” to a variety of charges, although others have already plead guilty.  Nolan practiced in a few areas of law, not just Family Law.

Problems with the police and the utter failure of the courts, including up to the 9th Circuit are demonstrated at the Bad Cop section, under “From bad to Incomprehensible.”

Seldom reported by media is the men who choose murder over divorce, because DAs seldom prosecute family crimes, until the after the fact, murder.  Also problematic, the long history of abusive-to-criminal, police officers, and their failure to investigate family crimes.  This is a top-down, problem.

As Family Court is typically devoid of media attention,  explains why the Family Court system isn’t broken, but one which morphed into an out-of-control, unregulated, litigation machine benefiting those employed in the divorce and custody industry. Family court litigants (and reporters) learn Family Court is no longer a forum to resolve issues, but a platform for continued litigation until the children age out.  However as an income-producing fuel source, it can’t be beat.

Since 2001, and with over 12,000 records on file…

Gov. Brown signs Kathy’s Law on September 24, 2012.  But women are not safe in family court because the California “Partnership” to End Domestic Violence, lobbied hard against protecting women via GPS.

See video on the Restraining Orderpage to understand how real-time GPS works.  (We especially like the siren.)

Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook reveal why, in addition to Facebook, ex’s should never fight by email.

Meanwhile, Montana Judge Richard Cebull demonstrates  why, since misogyny is our national culture so many women wind up dead after simply trying to leave a relationship.  He’s retiring and the 9th Circuit has shelved the investigation into Cebull’s conduct.

Meanwhile, lack of competent reporting remains significant in the nation’s largest, most used most often court..  And now this:

Call us flabbergasted:  Kate Elizabeth Queram writing for the Wisconsin Reporter, writes of a bill co-sponsored by Rich Zipperer, RD-Pewaukee, and supported by the Sheriff’s Association, which would allow criminals who repeatedly violate restraining orders toeventually be put on GPS.  No explanation why these criminals are awarded so many freebies before the courts decide they should be held accountable.

Unfortunately, media disinterest in the lack of police protection which both standard, remains world-wide.

Judges can end relationship murders, but they need encouragement.  PleaseSign this encouragement.

The materials on this site demonstrate the  perfect failure of individuals, media, government, and non-profits claiming their goal is to end “domestic violence.”   Meanwhile the murder rate continues to climb although the solution, GPS with Victim Notification is available.

Cost-effective while empowering victims to save their own lives, the lack of wide-spread use of GPS with Victim Notification instead demonstrates government’s lack of regard for individuals and the family.

However, one must always be hopeful the solution will be embraced soon so lives will not continue to be needlessly be lost.

Always keep your eye on the judge.

The Charlie Sheen – Brooke Mueller custody case provided an excellent demonstration of terrible coverage when it could have ramped up public awareness of the reality of Family Court.  (Ex-parte restraining orders being a standard-issue strategic tactic.)

The early advantage to Brooke for using Charlie’s Porn Love Goddesses….and “violent love” to change the visitation time.

Counter went to Sheen for taking advantage of Mueller’s repeatedly choosing to use drugs, although as long as Brooke’s mother steps in, Brooke has (at least in her mind) no reason to stop.  Unfortunately, competent reporting was not a result.

 concern was Judge Hank Goldberg never, on his own motion, called for supervised visitation of the children although clearly aware there is much drug abuse on both sides of the case.

As the Sheen-Mueller pattern seemed lost on Judge Goldberg our secondconcern was that Judge Goldberg put the children at risk by not appointing counsel for either child.

third concern was Judge Goldberg did not order mental health evaluations for either party.

But our fourth and deepest concern was once Judge Goldberg suspected abuse, short-hand for criminal activity, he kicked media out of the court…anddidn’t refer the matter to the police or CPS.

Why did not one media outlet not report that?

This ongoing lack of action on the part of Judge Goldberg does not appear to be in the best interests of the children, which is supposed to be the standard Judge Goldberg bases all orders.


Didn’t work.  Bernie Madeoff victim and real estate attorney Steven Simkinwanted a “Do Over” in his 2006 divorce settlement.

Simkin and his wife of 33 years agreed to distribute their assets more or less equally; with Laura Blank taking hers in cash, and Simkin investing his with Madeoff.  Guess who wants the do-over?

The Sub-title in this NY Times piece should have been, “It’s a win for attorneys either way.

Simkin lost.  There are no do-overs in a divorce.

Returning to the need for competent reporting, the question in need of an answer remains the same:

Never mind Kelsey Grammer’s custody ploy, keep your eyes on the activities of the judge.

Less known, is the courts routinely compel so-called Mental Health experts to weigh in – at significant cost.  Or that ultimately, these so-called experts, control the case.
The attorneys are essentially out of it. (This information generally comes as news to the client.)  In some family court they are identified as Custody Evaluatorsand should be avoided at all costs. Sometimes they’re just referred to as therapists.  Although as these cases reveal, these so called “professionals” are seldom vetted.

Although we looked forward to Judge Goldberg applying the best interests of the children in his rulings, it never happened.  

Currently, it appears Judge Goldberg gave in to the attorneys for both.  Judge Goldberg at the very least, could have included Supervised visitation for both parents.  Instead, the children remain, at risk.

We are mindful however, that Supervised Visitation is the very first step in the process of Courts facilitating parental alienation.

We are also mindful Supervised Visitation is also the process used to adjudicate family related crimes, in the form of dumbing down language.

(How else could kidnapping be described as “parental abduction?”)

Sadly, Judge Goldberg invoked no standard of behavior for either parent.

“Oh no – I hired Ron Lais!”

Bogus lawyer Lais to be released from prison.


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1.  How absent any oversight, Family Court became the one court most used most often, and for the longest period of time, in the nation; and as many cases prove, the most deadly.
and without any media attention.

Also, and fyi…31 states don’t have lawsprohibiting rapists from asking for custody.  As such women should be aware it’s a stacked deck.  And then there’s government.  From Law Enforcement, to the courts; and too cozy relationships with so-called special master “therapists” children simply aren’t safe.

California Family Code Section 7507, states:

“The abuse of parental authority is the subject of judicial cognizance in a civil action brought by the child, or by the child’s relative within the third degree, or by the supervisors of the county where the child resides; and when the abuse is established, the child may be freed from the dominion of the parent, and the duty of support and education enforced.”  This code is largely, useless; as the County, at least in San Diego, refuses to act.  Please advise if County supervisors in  your county are better.

NY:  No media unless a judge like Judge Gerald Garson comes along.  Match Judge Garson with the extremely unlikelyoccurrence of a DA’s office that actually listens, and pretty soon the judge and other court officials are arrested.  The Judge for accepting bribes.   (Note:  Family Court judges not being different than other judges.)

However, for the most part, the non-criminal part, judges demonstrated a propensity to rubber stamping reports from unqualified “experts.”

Click here for a State Audit of Marin and Sacramento which revealed the courts continue to appoint unqualified (and in some cases, unlicensed) attorneys and therapists.  Check out Seattle for how one “highly respected” therapist fought his way back in the system, to continue shredding lives with the help of State officials and various Psychology Boards.

Crooks are not just in family Court.  Consider Federal Court. Richard John Schwalbe, a court Appointed consultant in Bankruptcy cases  just pleaded guilty to embezzling 1.4 million from a tech firm.  Schwalbe is on house arrest until sentencing with the home he shares withCheryl Clarke. Clarke works as a fundraiser for non-profits.

Separately, media labors under the false assumption because Family Court is a civil venue, family court judges aren’t ordering litigants to jail.

New York’s Saratoga County Family Court judge, Gilbert L. Abramson who was finally thrown off the bench himself, demonstrated that fallacy.  Also see the Child Support section for the latest Supreme Court (June, 2011) ruling on unpaid child support and jail.

Separately, we remain hopeful Family Court judges will soon display the kind of integrity Criminal Court judges do when they order GPS with Victim Notification for victims of crimes.  Currently Family Court judges do nothing to protect vitims of crimes ranging from assault, to attempted murder.  As the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Castle Rock vs. Gonzales, the police aren’t madated to to enforce Civilrestraining orders. Ergo, women need a level playing field.

(Also, seemingly only reporters are unaware criminal matters are heard in family court. Check the form forSupervised visitation.)

Practice Hint:  Due to the increased number of custody exchange murders, we recommend attorneys request judges order any custody exchange to be made at the local police department.  Should a murder occur, not only is it likely the crime will be recorded on a number of video cameras in an around the area, but any number of police officers would already on hand to effect a quick arrest.  The video could later be used as part of a plea deal, which would save the state trial costs.

2. That after filing for divorce – people often do not realize that unless they can come to some kind of basic agreement, they are inviting a judge to wholesale order services, for the purpose of micro-managing their lives and the lives of their children – including vacations, until the children reach the age of majorit.  There is also the matter of couples setting each other up, with “Dirty DUIs.”   

3.  This is due to the failure of people to realize business of government is:business.  As such, family court judges “outsource” much like sales reps; ordering a variety of “services” designed to interpret – instead of speaking to all involved, especially the children.

Who would prefer to be heard.   

4.  Lobbyists hired by the National Association of Marriage and Family Services, continue lobbying for more involvement in the divorce and custody industry.  As such,  Children remain the marketing cog which turns the litigation wheel that fuels the entire industry.

Changing this basic, outsourcing court dynamic, is in the best interests of the child.   Once a judge has direct contact with children, the need for the variety of other services often falls away.  This is why those in the divorce and custody industry hire lobbyists.  Change does not bode well for their bottom line.

5. In the event of family crime, police officers will often encourage victims to “take it to family court and get a restraining order” instead of providing actual, police services.

6.  And don’t take it personally.  San Diego Director of Emergency Service,Dr. Bruce Hadley hired former deputy Jesse Thrush, a convicted felon, as an EMT.  Thrush had been convicted of killing his girlfriend’s daughter, a toddler with Downs Syndrome.   He applied for the job and was certified after his release from prison.

7.  Sometimes things get really bizarre.  Such was the case with Catherine Scott Gonzalez, whose two  prior requests for a restraining were denied.  Paul Gonzalez felt okay about beating Catherine to a pulp in the judge’s chambers.

No bailiff was present at the time.  This case was out of Florida, and Scott-Gonzalez’s attorney restrained Paul Gonzalez, who was finally arrested after the bailiffs appeared.  The reason for the beating was Gonzalez was unhappy about paying child support and visitation time.
But judges denying restraining orders is what’s getting women killed, although the solution, Victim Notification GPS would be easily implemented…if judges cared enough about safety.

Update:   Citing fear of Paul Gonzalez violating any restraining order he might issue, Broward County Circuit JudgeGeoffrey D. Cohen, denied bail for Paul Gonzalez.   Interestingly, neithter Catherine or Paul Gonzalez has any memory of his attack.  Catherine Gonzalez because of her head injury. Paul Gonzalez, we do not know.  Effects of the taser?  On his attorney’s advice?  Either way, Gonzalez wound up with 15 years.

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