Contra Costa County Family Law Courts are infamous for their mistreatment of children. The guiding light for child custody battles in the United States is that the court decisions should always be "in the best interest of the child." In the Family Law Courts of Contra Costa County, California the rule of thumb is that the courts' decisions are made in "the best dollar interest of the court's cronies."
Psychologists, psychiatrists, special mediators, evaluators, therapists, court appointed attorneys for children and court appointed child visitation supervisors line up at the pig's trough to feed off the finances of both parents. What these greedy conspirators leave is nothing more then a skeleton of a family twisting in the wind waiting for the final blow to be delivered by a judge who covers for the heartless directives issued by family law commissioners.
There is a clear cut pattern that is followed by the courts to achieve its goal of awarding sole legal and physical custody to one of the parents. First the court predetermines which parent it will award the prize - the child - to in its final ruling. A child in such a battle equals money because child support is awarded directly proportional to the amount of time a child spends with a parent. So the child is reduced to the equation: child = $. Already the court has lost sight of the "best interest of the child". The second part of the equation is that court cronies must be paid before any monetary considerations the court may give to other siblings or either parent. Court papers clearly spell out the second part of the equation when they direct parents to refinance their homes to pay the co-conspirators who have built their financial kingdoms on the backs of family destruction. Therapists and mediators reports then designate the "bad" parent. The court acting in unison orders that that condemned parent can no longer visit with his or her own child without a court approved "child visitation supervisor", paid for, of course, by the family's dwindling finances. The third act by the courts is to destroy the reputation of the parent out of favor with the court in order to support the reports flowing in from the court appointed experts additionally depleting the family's resources. Finally the court will order a psychiatric examination, therapy and/or medication to insure that the parent losing custody has a properly documented "mental" disorder. If that final attempt to give the court's rulings credibility fails, the court will exercise its last resort - they will jail the offending parent.
The child at issue in the custody battle will usually find itself severed from one or the other parent and their extended family as a direct result of the court's orders. (Click. Waging war in California's Family Law Courts. No contact orders start the bloodshed) The missing parent who loved and cared for the child without charge is now replaced by a very expensive court appointed "therapist" who must see the child as often as once a week. The therapist's job is to act as a spy to report to the court if the out of favor parent tries to visit with their own child. It is also the therapist's responsibility to brain wash the child into believing that the court, the therapist and the court-favored parent knows what is best for the child. The child must be brain washed into accepting the court's "truth" even though the child is mourning a parent not really deceased but one who has been declared dead by the family law courts.
Adults in positions of power can be extremely cruel to a child. In the Contra Costa County Family Law Courts everyone has forgotten what is in the best interest of the child.
Virginia McCullough © 3/28/07