It sounds reasonable. It sounds fair. To any courtroom observer, it is the expectation. To any courtroom observer, it is not the reality of the American Justice system.
The California Judicial Handbook shows what judges are supposed to do . Add the temperament of a person to the bench. Add the nature of human bias to the bench, and it is not what we actually get in the American Justice system.
A group of over 1000 family law litigants have joined forces in California to change the paradigm. Promoters of the movie Divorce Corp. ( Now available on Netflix) , and activists in Sacramento , Santa Clara , Contra Costa and Marin are launching social media, traditional media and tech tactics to declare war on California's family courts where corrupt judges, crooked lawyers and systemic abuse lies.
Complaints to California's Commission on Judicial Performance, California's State Bar and various counties are being lodged and tracked. The published numbers are not the reality and corruption is widespread and about to be exposed.
People caught in the system are working to help. Groups are forming to share documents, that once were shared only between lawyers. Court watchers are tracking injustice and the state auditor is being apprised of financial abuses that reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars, costing the tax payers of California dearly , as the courts beg for increased funding.
See the handbook the judges must live by and let us know if your judge followed the rules in family court: http://www.scribd.com/doc/303774913/California-Judicial-Conduct-Handbook-Excerpt-David-M-Rothman-California-Judges-Association-California-Commission-on-Judicial-Performance-Califor