You file for divorce. You think the $500 filing fee will do it. Then you find each request you make is $90 . There are hundreds of requests in the divorce that doesn't settle and gets sucked into family court. Then lawyers are hired. Then the judge needs experts to tell them about the money , the kids , and the property that has to be divided. There are reimbursements. There are Watts credits. There is imputing income . There is child custody.
Your divorce drags on. The lawyers make money for writing letters and making calls. They make money on court breaks when they have lunch together .
You want to see your kid at a different time, there are letters , there are costs . You want to plan a vacation, you might miss a court hearing. Your boss gets impatient. The media never exposes family court issues. Your can't speak up. The State Bar doesn't really investigate lawyers. CJP doesn't really investigate judges. Judges have immunity , they don't; care if they show bias, it is too hard to prove. Too hard to fire them from the tax payer payroll.
Meanwhile, your business suffers. Your lawyer keeps charging. You decided to do it without a lawyer. The judge treats you like a criminal . You lose far more than half. You get sanctioned. Your taxes go up. You can't pay bills. Your credit gets destroyed. You go bankrupt in a few years, when you had millions in the bank and retirement savings. Your friends leave . Your family gets tired of hearing it. You force fun with your kids, they can tell.
A group in Santa Clara County is tired of seeing the lives of everyday citizens ruined by California Family Courts, lawyers and judges. Court files are being reviewed to see how much lawyers and experts really make. The information will be published soon, and will be the first of its kind.
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