California has been at the center of family court controversy for the past 20 years. As property values and Silicon Valley tech or social media busiensses have poured money into personal wealth, divorces have become the gem for lawyers and others seekig to profit from these modern day windfalls. Kickbacks, secret deals, cryonism and conflicts never discussed in the news, or movies, are more common in our modern courts than ever before. Family court, where there are no juries, makes a powerful attractant for corruption and Civil Rights Violations.
For 80% of families, a divorce or custody dispute will be handled with minimal emotional and financial fallout. However, for those who own profitable businesses, have equity in a family home or rental properties, the modern day divorce and family law judges have created a system that targets children and family assets. By dealying proceedings, adding unnessary cost, spouses who hire lawyers will find the issues related to their children and assets, have been targeted.
Information provided on this blog has been taken from court files, litigant interviews and is reported on by volunteer and citizen journalists with contributions from lawyers sharing experiences and ghostwriting resources. Reporters in local news outlets and mainstream media have relied on this webite to support their reporting, Mainstream media has not reported on modern family courts at a rate that is acceptable. Recent cases involving celebrities have shed some light on probate court based on coverage of the Britney Spears 13 year conservatorship invovling her father, Jamie Spears. Celebrity divorce cases see media attention, including Angelina Jolie v. Brad Pitt divorce and custody case where the issue of private judging has been revealed. Silicon Valley tech moguls have become modern celbrities as we look to Bill Gates, Sergy Brin and divorce case of Google #3 Scott Hassan and his former wife, Stanford University Researcher, Allison Huyhn, where issues related to the division of community property is not playing out in private judging, but in public court before Judge Vanessa Zecher.
Domestic Violence cases have become the new cash cow for divorce lawyers. When a spouse accuses another of domestic violence, courts are almost always granting CLETS orders. These orders are then used to restrain a former spouse from owning guns and the CLETS order entered into law enforcement's system can result in increased attention from the police and may even result in rendering a spouse unemployable. DVRO orders are making divorce lawyers $50- 100,000 more in fees, and there is an appearance that the orders are not protecting the real abusers, but the person who hired the attorney providing kickbacks and favors to the judges in family court who issue these orders.
What is published on this blog will sound unelievble, but after 7 years, this blog reveals patterns and pracitces of family court lawyers, judges and experts that are doing more harm to families under the color or law than anywhere else in our modern society. Our contributors do so anonymously to prevent retalition. For those who wish to contribute a story, please send a short email describing what your contribution would be.
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