Family Court Reform and Parental Rights

Enforce equal treatment and due process, protect parental rights and reform American family courts.

Our family courts are expected to operate in the ?best interest of the children" in cases brought before family court judges.

?But it is not traditionally the sole criterion-much less the sole constitutional criterion... ?The best interests of the child? is not the legal standard that governs parents' or guardians' exercise of their custody: So long as certain minimum requirements of child care are met, the interests of the child may be subordinated to the interests of other children, or indeed even to the interests of the parents or guardians themselves.? -- Reno v. Flores, 507 U.S. 292 (1993)

Millions of Americans who have been through a contested divorce or custody proceeding in the family court systems across the US are acutely aware that injustice is served at the whims of the attorneys and other "profiteers" of the family court system. Unfair custody and parenting time, lifetime alimony, child support calculations based on income rather than actual need, paternity fraud, parental alienation, false allegations with no repercussions, complex legal processes and rules, and numerous other issues not only violate the Constitutional and civil rights of the unfortunate litigants, but serve to contribute to the further denigration of families and leave parents and children emotionally, spiritually and financially damaged for many years into the future.

The US Supreme Court has gone so far as to assert:

?We have little doubt that the Due Process Clause would be offended ?if a State were to attempt to force the breakup of a natural family, over the objections of the parents and their children, without some showing of unfitness and for the sole reason that to do so was thought to be in the children's best interest.?? -- Quilloin v. Walcott, 434 U.S. 246 (1978)

?More important, historically it has recognized that natural bonds of affection lead parents to act in the best interests of their children.? -- Parham v. J. R., 442 U.S. 584 (1979)

Furthermore, experts in child development agree that in the absence of substantiated abuse, shared parenting is better for children:

"There is a consensus that neither the discretionary best interests of the child standard nor sole custody or primary residence orders are serving the needs of children and families of divorce. There is a consensus that shared parenting is a viable post-divorce parenting arrangement that is optimal to child development and well-being, including for children of high conflict parents." -- Edward Kruk, Ph.D., First International Conference on Shared Parenting, May 2014

Yet every day in courtrooms across the US, the rights of parents and children are violated by unconstitutional orders and unfair judgments due to unnecessarily complex and costly adversarial processes that make divorce not only more difficult than necessary, but also create long term financial and emotional impacts on parents, children, and society as a whole.

The divorce process and the accompanying pain and suffering that many families endure is something we don't often like to talk about and taking a stoic and dismissive attitude toward those who feel slighted in the process is perpetuated by a society that fails to recognize the long term and sometimes life-long impact of the dissolution of a family unit. Even less talked about is the role that some attorneys, legislators and other agents of the court take in perpetuating these problems, sometimes unknowingly, but often purposefully to increase their own personal profits or organizational revenue.

These policies and practices are not only unethical, but violate the very oaths taken by attorneys, legislators and other agents of the court to uphold the Constitutional rights of those they are hired to serve. Fortunately however, there are protections built into our system that if invoked will better protect the rights of parents and families of divorce. We The People call upon Congress to take action to reform family courts across the US by investigating and addressing the following issues:

1. Conduct an investigation into the policies and practices conducted in the family courts across the US and by the American BAR Association. Individuals found to be in violation of their oaths of service shall be reprimanded or removed and recommendations shall be made for long term reform. Of particular concern are abuse of judicial discretion, failure to provide equal protection and due process, failure to adjudicate cases in a timely manner, and failure to uphold Constitutional rights of parents to determine what is in the best interest of their own children.

2. Conduct an investigation into child custody laws, practices, and long term impacts. Provide recommendations for updates to state law that are consistent with Supreme Court rulings that uphold the rights of each parent to have essentially equal, ongoing, and meaningful relationships with their children. True 50/50 equal and joint custody and decision making should be the default in all states unless a parent is determined to be unfit or agrees to another arrangement.

3. Conduct an investigation into child support and alimony (spousal support) laws and rulings. Advise and direct courts to develop new policies and practices that adequately provide for the basic financial needs of children being cared for by one or both biological parents not living in the same household, without violating the inalienable financial or property rights of either biological parent. True 50/50 financial responsibility for children based on USDA national guidelines on the cost to raise a child should be assumed unless otherwise agreed upon by the parents.

4. Conduct an investigation into the impact of The Violence Against Women Act, it's effectiveness, and how gender discriminatory policy impacts practices, policies, and judicial decisions in family court and the American justice system. Federal and state laws and programs must be consistently and fairly written and enforced to provide equal protection under the law for both men and women in family court and in programs intended to protect families and children from domestic violence.

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Public Comments (4,728)
Dec 13th, 2017
Suzane G. from Haverhill, MA writes:
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Court should have narcissist parent detector, the last court meeting we had he manipuletated the whole meeting and the mediator did not let my daughter talk because he was so compelling to hear how "good the father was." And look my daughter look like she was neglecting with all the lies
Dec 10th, 2017
Someone from Loganville, GA signed.
Dec 6th, 2017
Jules W. from Sugar Land, TX writes:
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Some of the most heinous, barbaric medieval crimes against parents, families and children are committed by family courts, against law abiding, hard working caring families.
Dec 6th, 2017
Jules W. from Sugar Land, TX writes:
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Some of the most heinous, barbaric medieval crimes against parents, families and children are committed by family courts, against law abiding, hard working caring families.
Dec 5th, 2017
Jennifer H. from Long Beach, CA writes:
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I have been the sole provider for my 6 year old son since he was born. I am a decorated retired U.S Air Force veteran who has always done nothing but provide a loving caring home for my son. After moving to California, I took my son to visit his father for a couple of weeks in Tucson Arizona and after 3 days he began ignoring my calls and not allowing contact with my son. He immediately filed divorce papers, as we as an emergency temporary custody order for full parental custody. He had no basis for his protection order. He mailed me the paperwork a day before I was to appear in court, even though per Arizona law, I was supposed to be given 10 days notice. The judge was fully aware of tactics and still granted him temporary full legal custody. During another court hearing, judge Jane Butler was extremely hostile towards me and even though my husband did not show up to court she called him on the telephone to allow him to conference in. She ignored what I had to say and awarded him temporary custody for the rest of the school year only granting me visitation for his two week Christmas break and one week spring break. My son has been with me since birth and by his fathers own will, has only seeing his son once in 3 years. My son is devastated and does not understand why he cannot come back home to me, his mother. I am being treated as if I am a drug addicted prostitute who abuses my son. The paperwork that was filed was not even fully filled out, one page missing his signature. Yet, the court still approved everything. I on the other hand have had to fill out a financial worksheet inventorying all my assets. All the while nothing was ever requested of my husband. How is this legal???? I have been stripped of my rights as a parent and as a citizen. This should not be allowed and this judge who has no regard for laws and timelines should not be allowed to further ruin families lives.
Nov 18th, 2017
HOlly D. from Brighton, CO writes:
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Nov 7th, 2017
Jebediah C. from Crosby, TX writes:
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We must stop the current family court system from using children as pawns to create money for themselves and the judges and lawyers. My son was put back into a dangerous household with a drunk stepfather with anger issues and a mother who alienates him from me by judge William Harris of the 233rd Tarrant county fort worth. The FBI needs to investigate Tarrant county family courts. They are taking bribes and are working with local lawyers to undermine justice in favor of generating profits. Please put children first or the 233rd will kill another child like they allowed 4 year old Liliana Wright. look up how judge Haddock of the 233rd allowed this child to go back into the arms of 2 know drug addicts who later bashed her skull in.
Nov 6th, 2017
RITA B. from Mound City, KS signed.
Nov 2nd, 2017
Sonya J. from Roswell, NM writes:
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My 5yr nephew got raped in Cyfd custody. This is unacceptable. We need changes for our children. We need to hold state's accountable for their actions. Children should come before money.
Oct 19th, 2017
Mary Laurel G. from Greendale, WI writes:
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When I watched Divorce Corp Inc, it was after my 5 year battle in the Sauk County Family Court System (rural Wisconsin) and every single one of the horrible scenarios had all ready happened to me. My ex-husband is a porn/sex addict and the GAL awarded him primary placement. Each of the three Judges was worse than the one before. If I had known that my divorce was going to cost $200,000–I would have found another way out of my abusive marriage.

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