LEARN ABOUT HEARINGS, TRIALS, AND JUVENILE COURT-
Although you may never be fully prepared for your own experience in court, you will benefit by learning about procedures in advance. You can visit open court proceedings to see how other cases are handled and get familiar with the court room.
HEARINGS: You may be subjected to many, many "hearings" which are appearances before the judge resulting in custody orders. These hearings are a type of psychological warfare, designed to wear you down, transfer your money to the professionals, and make you physically and/or emotionally ill. It is a continuation of the family abuse, using the legal system as a weapon. The professionals collaborate in this form of abuse.
TRIALS: Or you may have a full-blown custody trial with sworn testimony from everyone, including experts. Although it may seem better to have a trial to "get it over with", unfortunately your child has an excellent chance of being placed with his or her identified abuser. You have an equally good chance of being placed on supervised visitation for alienating the child.
WARNING: If your child has accused the father of sexual abuse, you are the one on trial!
JUVENILE DEPENDENCY COURT: Juvenile dependency court is part of juvenile court. It is for children who are removed from their families because they have been abused or neglected by their family (Welfare and Institutions Code 300 et seq).
WARNING: The referees usually rely completely on reports by CPS social workers!
LEARN ABOUT JOINT CUSTODY, CHILD SUPPORT, AND RELOCATION-
Judges often operate under the assumption that joint custody is best for your child (Family Code 3040 and 3080 et seq).
WARNING: Any time you go to court, it gives the father another opportunity for custody!
LEARN ABOUT COUNSELING AND SUPERVISED VISITATION-
New laws provide a presumption that the child's best interest is not to be in the custody of an abuser (Family Code 3044).
WARNING: If the abuser father is placed on supervised visits, it is usually for a short time!
LEARN ABOUT THE CHILD AS CHATTEL-
Although the law states that the court shall consider and give weight to the wishes of the child in custody, this law is vague and almost never used in abuse cases (Family Code 3042).
WARNING: Anything your child does or says will probably be blamed on you!
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