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Family Court Reform and Parental Rights

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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.
Public Comments
Jul 25th, 2016
Someone from Salem, SD signed.
Jul 25th, 2016
Someone from Honey Grove, PA writes:
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Juniata County's court system in Pennsylvania is one of the saddest excuses I've seen of the abuse. I've filed grievances with the state and they did nothing about it. I even included court transcripts to prove my complaints were founded. They were too busy covering up for each other. There needs to be a neutral party to help protect the parents rights. Most don't have the money to fight back and are at the mercy of egotistical judges who do not put the child first.
Jul 25th, 2016
Someone from Wilkes Barre, PA signed.
Jul 25th, 2016
Someone from Grand Rapids, MI signed.
Jul 25th, 2016
Someone from Buffalo, NY signed.
Jul 25th, 2016
Someone from Somerville, MA writes:
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Because it's the right thing.
Jul 25th, 2016
Someone from Snohomish, WA writes:
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Good work!
Jul 25th, 2016
Someone from Pearl City, HI signed.
Jul 25th, 2016
Someone from Haslett, MI signed.
Jul 25th, 2016
Someone from Orange, NJ signed.
Jul 25th, 2016
Someone from Nampa, ID writes:
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I'm tired of not talking to my children even though I am supposed to. Tired of paying 800 dollars a month in support when they wear ratty shoes while my two boys mother has her hair and nails done and goes on vacations. I'm tired of never getting a picture of missed games, birthdays, holidays. I would not treat my children's mother this way but yet she can violate the court order and nothing happens. This needs to change, I am a great dad and I love my children very much. Deschutes County Oregon, no the whole State of Oregon needs to be held accountable for the actions that destroys families and alienates parents. I am not the only one in this unacceptable situation.
Jul 24th, 2016
Someone from Lafayette, LA signed.
Jul 24th, 2016
Someone from Grantville, PA signed.
Jul 24th, 2016
Someone from Annapolis, MD writes:
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Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. - Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County- Annapolis Maryland. With an evidence based record, it can be proven beyond a doubt the behavioral corruption, malfeasance, unlawfulness, clear misconduct and unconstitutional practices. A blog and website are available for viewing with official court documents confirming the aforementioned. Documents also reveal his complicit nature in supporting bad faith conduct by a local law firm continuously committing fraud upon the court which is proven in the record. This judge has denied any wrongdoing, and has been protected by the higher courts as well as judicial oversight committees without legal merit.
Jul 20th, 2016
Someone from Pasadena, CA writes:
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JOIN FREE: Federal Class Action for U.S. Child Custody Victims - Friends, I just joined CAPRA as one of the lead plaintiffs in an upcoming landmark federal class action lawsuit against all 50 States and the Federal Government, because I qualify as: (1) a biological parent whose child custody was unconstitutionally removed without due process; and, (2) I have been directly impacted by that during the last four years, i.e., within the statute of limitations. This class action is on behalf of *both* types of "family court" -- for wrongful victims of divorce-and-similar-with-kids *and* for wrongful victims of child protection services -- and includes suing on behalf of ANY parent affected by either "family court" type. It's totally free to join, and the federal court relief being demanded includes the full restoral of my child custody rights under law, plus a nice share of the large amount in civil damages expected. Check it out! It just requires entering someone's referral Code to join, so PLEASE use mine - 42085JL619 - in the CAPRA registration form, located on the bottom of the homepage at http://parentalrightsclassaction.com Plus, check out their power-packed Legal Tips page for all parents fighting family court, too -- Wow!! Thanks!!
Jul 20th, 2016
Someone from Santa Clara, CA writes:
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Have lost the ability to my see my kids and home. Cannot believe that in the USA a law abiding citizen can be removed front family and home without due process. Spending tens of thousands of dollars to feed a deeply flaws legal system. Family law is not about justice but has become an industry for service providers to make money.
Jul 17th, 2016
Someone from Cheney, WA writes:
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Lawless America , I hope for reform for our children and children's children. My experience/treatment as pro se in family court has been deplorable.
Jul 15th, 2016
Someone from Revere, MA writes:
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Family Court Corruption is an epidemic which is killing our family unit. It must be reformed! http://childsupportreformnow.com
Jul 14th, 2016
Someone from Durham, NC writes:
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BLACK LIVES MATTER A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION? 100,000 have signed a petition to recognize the group as a terrorist organization http://www.infowars.com/black-lives-matter-a-terrorist-organization/ ----------------- OBAMA HOLDS 3 HOUR MEETING WITH BLACK LIVES MATTER LEADERS Meeting follows president's speech at memorial for 5 murdered police officers http://www.infowars.com/black-lives-matter-leader-meets-with-obama/
Jul 13th, 2016
Someone from Houston, TX writes:
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The system is messed up. Some cities they don't care about your sobb story, some cities they believe is to be reliable even if situation was close to ten years ago. Same state TEXAS just different cities. They don't care if you'll loose your transportation or home that is for your other children as well.. while the custodial parent can get pregnant by many different men.... why is over time even counted? Over time is not garunteed every week. Can't even afford to travel to see the child. Can't even talk to the child at all bc the other parent doesn't want to deal w the child... why does "her" story matter.. Claims to be in danger but is there at the visitation even though the judge ordered that the grandma do it. no there is no such thing as equal parenting... and obviously the noncustodial parent doesn't even have a say so in anything bc all they get is a o'well... sounds like lies are allowed and the best interest of the child is NOT the courts priority... only money is.
Jul 12th, 2016
Someone from Petal, MS signed.
Jul 12th, 2016
Someone from Perris, CA signed.
Jul 10th, 2016
Someone from Sykesville, MD signed.
Jul 6th, 2016
Someone from Pasadena, CA writes:
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JOIN FREE: Federal Class Action for U.S. Child Custody Victims - Friends, I just joined CAPRA as one of the lead plaintiffs in an upcoming landmark federal class action lawsuit against all 50 States and the Federal Government, because I qualify as: (1) a biological parent whose child custody was unconstitutionally removed without due process; and, (2) I have been directly impacted by that during the last four years, i.e., within the statute of limitations. This class action is on behalf of *both* types of "family court" -- for wrongful victims of divorce-and-similar-with-kids *and* for wrongful victims of child protection services -- and includes suing on behalf of ANY parent affected by either "family court" type. It's totally free to join, and the federal court relief being demanded includes the full restoral of my child custody rights under law, plus a nice share of the large amount in civil damages expected. Check it out! It just requires entering someone's referral Code to join, so PLEASE use mine - 42085JL619 - in the CAPRA registration form, located on the bottom of the homepage at http://parentalrightsclassaction.com Plus, check out their power-packed Legal Tips page for all parents fighting family court, too -- Wow!! Thanks!!
Jul 6th, 2016
Someone from Victoria, TX signed.
Jul 6th, 2016
Someone from Bismarck, ND signed.
Jul 6th, 2016
Someone from Wixom, MI writes:
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The whole country should be 50/50 parenting.
Jul 5th, 2016
Someone from Washington, DC signed.
Jul 5th, 2016
Someone from Phoenix, AZ signed.
Jul 5th, 2016
Someone from Denver, CO signed.
Jul 4th, 2016
Someone from Gardena, CA writes:
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My name is Abra marshall and I have been caught in a terrible ordeal involving the Department of Children and Family Services for over seven and a half years. The warrantless removal of my other niece and nephew from my parents? custody (who my parents raised from babies after my sister passed away from osteosarcoma bone cancer) and their home in violation of the family?s constitutional rights to familial association free from unwarranted government interference was the flashpoint that initiated the fight between my family and the Department. During the trial proceedings in Children?s court dept. 405, Judge Stevens saw that DCFS fabricated statements in their reports amongst many others violations including false testimony under the penalty of perjury. Judge Stevens dismissed DCFS?s petition ruling with prejudice against DCFS. Judge Stevens then implemented an order that if any blood family member is brought back into children?s court by DCFS for any reason, the case is to brought only into her court room and, if it cannot be heard in front of her, the entire case(s) is to be moved out the county due to the conflict of interest between the County of Los Angeles DCFS and the Marshall family. The County of Los Angeles, while denying the allegations of the complaint, agreed to settle the case. The successful civil action brought against the County of Los Angeles (Marshall v. County of Los Angeles) unveiled the real extent and corrupt malicious intent the Department of Children Family Services was willing to go to in efforts to abuse their power. During the deposition and arbitration for the lawsuit, DCFS conspired with others to reiterate the false allegations previously dismissed with prejudice by Dept. 405 Judge Stevens to try and stop the suit. Some allegations were made against my brother of sexual abuse of older niece when 1st: all allegations were investigated by law enforcement investigators who found that they were not true, 2nd during the time of the 5 months (8/2008-12/2008) of false allegations of such abuse, he has in juvenile hall for 15 months for theft and failure to go to court (meaning my brother could not have been at home when he was in jail. Records were provided and suppressed by dept. 404 Judge Zeilder). During the tail end of deposition of the civil complaint against DCFS November 2008, my brother was singled out and attacked during a racial riot in Juvenile Hall Camp Miller. He was flown by helicopter to Ronald Regan Hospital where he was unconscious and paralyzed from the neck down. My parents were not made aware until almost two days after it aired on the news and LA Times paper. A hospital official notified my parents requesting if my parents can consent to donating my brother?s organs in the case he do not survive. My brother suffered 4 strokes and underwent numerous brain surgeries prior to regaining consciousness. He was still partially paralyzed when the hospital released him without physical therapy approximately 4
Jul 3rd, 2016
Someone from Fresno, CA signed.
Jul 2nd, 2016
Someone from Greene, ME signed.
Jul 2nd, 2016
Someone from Annapolis, MD writes:
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Please investigate Annapolis Maryland - Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County. The behavioral corruption is beyond measure. A $600 million dollar TORT has been filed involving severe Parent Alienation. Further, this tort highlights the egregious and outright misconduct of the Lawyer representing this litigant. This misconduct and illegal activity has destroyed mothers, fathers and children. The direct falsifications and fraudulent claims by this attorney and the female litigants who seek this type of representation is evidence-based information. Attorneys and litigants have had enough.
Jul 1st, 2016
Someone from Union City, NJ signed.
Jul 1st, 2016
Someone from Lakewood, OH signed.
Jul 1st, 2016
Someone from Oceanside, CA writes:
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I'm so affected. I have not seen my son in five years we have joint custody. I had to go to safe twice cause of him with our son. He controlled all the money ..I worked too. He bought himself a lawyer. I could not. Went to a college ro see if i could get help with students..no time for me..no help judge was cruel said i need a lawyer. I said i cant afford one...my ex took off .ilitary move. I called the military for help..they said ..I need to take him back to court. We dont live in that town no more. He wont let my family or my other kids see him either. No reason..cause i refused to stay with him..now 5 years still cant afford a lawyer ..still have not got one visit..he took everything.
Jul 1st, 2016
Someone from Bessemer, AL signed.
Jun 30th, 2016
Someone from Austin, TX writes:
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I'm personally affected and hate the family law system and the way it is set up. summers and 4 days a month are not sufficient for me and my child. Please change this.
Jun 29th, 2016
Someone from Lisbon Falls, ME signed.

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