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Fraudulent Custody Evaluations: The Research–Who Knew What When?

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The Research: Who Knew What When?

Tippins and Whitman in 2005: Child Custody Evaluations Are Fraud:

We try to keep you up on the latest legal and psychological research for child custody and the law, but now we’re going to have to go back a few years, but only to make a point.  Bear with us, you may learn something useful today if we’re not careful….

A friend pointed out recently the uncanny resemblance between the NFL’s foot-dragging in recognizing brain injury by concussions and the divorce industry’s polyanish reluctance to acknowledge the fraudulent harm of child custody evaluations.  It’s a keen observation–The divorce industry may be heard to claim “we didn’t know” that child custody evaluators were fraudulent.  “We didn’t know” that the evaluators were bilking parents out of millions.  “We didn’t know” that the evaluations caused enormous harm and endangered the lives of children and parents alike.

“We didn’t know….  and besides, the courts and lawyers love psychological evaluators!”  

Well, football fans love bone-crushing, brain-damaging football matches too, and there’s nothing more scientifically reliable for a medical hypothesis than a football stadium full of season ticket holders, but some are just annoyingly curious.  What does (and did) the divorce industry know about reliability of child custody evaluators, and when did they know it?  

In 2005, experienced child custody lawyer Timothy Tippins and psychologist Jeffrey Whittman published a study in the leading Family Law industry journal “Family Court Review.”  They studied the scientific methodology behind child custody evaluations, years of clinical research  longitudinal studies, ethics, and market dynamics.  They applied the scientific method to attempt to “validate” the methods used by forensic psychologists in custody evaluations–is there any science to determining the “best interests of the child”?  Is a psychologist charging hundreds of dollars per hour any better than a judge, jury, or layperson, or (lest we forget) the child’s own parents?

Their conclusion: The methods relied on by psychologists in selling child custody evaluations are shaky and questionable at best–in most cases little or no better than a layperson’s guesswork, so lawyers and judges must beware of the potential for fraud by those who get paid to say otherwise.

Good advice–and more importantly honest advice from a lawyer and psychologist themselves who might otherwise be inclined to support the field of child custody evaluations.   Read on to learn more about Tippins’ and Whitman’s findings, and look at family court practices since publication of this article in 2005–have judges, court personnel, attorneys, and evaluators themselves heeded Tippins and Whitman’s advice and “call for clinical humility and judicial vigilance?”  

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5 Comments

  1. Eileen Lasher says:

    In Family Court the “high conflict” case is the WHALE TRADE. Litigants are skip traced by attorneys; once assets are discovered the attorneys make sure to include all the bells and whistles to increase their commission aka as fees. The bells and whistles include the Judge and/or commissioner issuing illegal orders. For example; psychological evaluation, minor’s counsel, special master aka cha ching cha ching cha ching. The first order of business is requiring that Family Court Services disclose that this places the litigant in imminent risk and perhaps instead of the film that is currently required perhaps some litigants that have lost all of their assets including any savings, homes, vehicles would be featured as what could happen. The truth is attorneys, personnel within the Court system and their colleagues are deliberately churning these types of cases which are WHALE TRADES in family court world for excessive extended and numerous revenue streams. The cases are specifically structured to prevent resolution remove these cases from Case Management until the paper expires in other words until the kids age out. These cases are simply commodities for the attorneys. Similar to the recently prosecuted Theresa Erickson who was running a 6 year baby selling ring in Family Court specifically probate court this trend should be under investigation. The sad truth is this multi billion dollar industry is financially devastating the litigants and the tax payers. The racketeering group that is running family court is earning illegal toxic revenue without any oversight. Eileen Lasher

    • Cole Stuart says:

      Thank you for the comments and estute observations Ms. Lasher! Your keen observations have been an inspiration to many, including all of us here at CCFC. Welcome to the files hosting board and please feel free to post other observations! Welcome!

  2. BEEN ROBBED BY EVERYONE LISTED says:

    Thank you Ms. Lasher, and yes, the “who knew what when” is very insightful, although not surprising.
    Anyone who has been dragged through the train-wreck of what is San Diego family court, knows all too well, it is a multi-billion dollar industry that attracts the worst of the worst court whores anywhere.
    Almost all who enter the divorce proceedings process in San Diego and elsewhere, go into it with a fair amount of naivety.
    A party to divorce hopes to trust their legal counsel, and believe their recommendations are good.
    Don’t believe it for a nano-second. Divorce in San Diego is all about the court whores robbing the taxpaying public, and further destroying families already in distress.
    I began to experience the whores in action, in early 2006, when lawyer Shannon Glover, (recommended in court to the family court judge, without previously conferring with me) to have Stephen Doyne be involved in my family court case. The judge made it the order, however, Mr. Doyne was never appointed a child custody evaluator in my case, and truly did not have a clue as to what he was supposed to be doing, or thought he should be doing. The lawyer, Shannon Glover, also had no clue, but was happy that Mr. Doyne was on the case, because it churned thousands and thousands of dollars for both Mr. Doyne and Shannon Glover. Doyne essentially was a “visitation monitor”, at an hourly rate of first $175.00/Hour, then he upped it to $190.00/Hour, and then upped it again to $225.00/Hour. All within ten months. How do you spell T-H-I-E-F ?
    In short, Mr. Doyne was an obvious disaster, and is a trainwreck with a professional title attached to his name. Besides hanging up fraudulent credentials in his office for all to see, Mr. Doyne never did anything therapeutic for me and my child. In his office, my son and I would interact normally, or as normal as possible in that setting, and Mr. Doyne would be on his computer, playing with his email program, and working on documents Unrelated to me or my son. I know this firsthand, as I saw his computer screen numerous times while departing and returning from the rest room over a ten month period. Mr. Doyne raised his hourly rates two times, in that short ten month period. I have all documentation which proves my claims.
    I fired Doyne while in his office in April 2007, after my son had left the office. Within days, Mr. Doyne sent a nasty letter to the family court regarding my firing him. I have all documentation.
    I also have documentation of Shannon Glover recommending the use of Doyne in court in early 2006. All my documentation, including court proceedings and paperwork from Shannon Glover and Stephen Doyne, has been copied, digitized, and is located with a third party out of state.
    Shannon Glover is incestually in bed with the worst of San Diego’s court whores. She had also later recommended David Green, William Dess , and Yanon Volcani, who further bled me and my child’s college account of tens of thousands of dollars and accomplished absolutely nothing but ruining my relationship with my child. All were equal train-wrecks to Stephen Doyne. In fact, Stephen Doyne uses both Dess and Green as “professional references”, and has also colluded with Yanon Volcani on hundreds of family law custody cases for more than 30 years in San Diego. I have written proof, and digitized copies of all legal proceedings, recommendations , outcomes, in an out of state location.
    TO THE PUBLIC- BEWARE- SAN DIEGO’S NUMEROUS COURT WHORES ARE THERE TO BLEED YOU OF EVERYTHING YOU HAVE, INCLUDING YOUR CHILDREN.
    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO THE PUBLIC- AVOID GLOVER, DOYNE, DESS, GREEN, AND VOLCANI . THEY ARE ALL IN COLLUSION, TO ROB YOU OF ALL YOU HAVE EVER WORKED FOR, AND WILL FURTHER DISRUPT/DESTROY YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH YOUR CHILDREN.

  3. Tea says:

    Add ROBERT A. SIMON, PhD to this list….(cost nearly $40K for our biased & illegally-manufactured 99-page 730 Evaluation, completely unnecessary after honest FCS Mediator reported cleanly to court……but when one parent can “pay to play”, family gets sucked into this corruption. 62% of our 7-day trial was spent EXPOSING SIMON’s violation of CA Rules of Court rule 5.220(e)(2) & rule 5.220(h)(1), Code of Civil Procedure 2020.410 which the court (Judge McADAM) illegally relied on, violating FC 216, FC 3111 & FC 3042. SIMON also violated his own ethical standards, APA Guidelines, and his own Memo of Understanding prohibiting him from having a secret agreement and accepting documents directly from his favored litigant without requiring production through the attorneys and producing documents to both parties! Our case is currently up on Appeal, 4th Appellate, Div. 1

    Also, add DIANE GHIRON, PsyD as she is the second therapist selected by Judge GOLDSMITH (from same favored parent’s list) for our 12-year-old daughter suffering effects of an abrupt change of custody from her LIFELONG 80+% Sole Primary Custodial parent. GHIRON is not only requiring a $3500. RETAINER upfront (never heard of such a thing for “individual” therapy), a release of ALL family member medical records (this is NOT family therapy, nor is it another 730 Custody Eval!)……AND, GHIRON carelessly sent out “retainer agreement” attachments for ANOTHER family she is “treating” with their CONFIDENTIAL information on it (one of Attorney DeAnn Salcido’s clients, if you can believe that!) where it exposes Ghiron’s attempt to have this family pay for the therapy using the child’s 529 College Savings Plan!!!!

    PLEASE……WE NEED TO EXPOSE THIS CORRUPTION IN SAN DIEGO FAMILY COURTS NOW……THERE IS NO OVERSIGHT FOR THESE INDIVIDUALS, NO REQUIREMENT THAT THEY HAVE ANY CHILD DEVELOPMENT & ATTACHMENT THEORY KNOWLEDGE, NOR ARE THERE ANY CHECKS AND BALANCES FOR THESE EGREGIOUS VIOLATIONS & ILLEGAL JUDICIAL RULINGS.

    (I’m following your RICO case closely as my case fits squarely into it.)

    • Cole Stuart says:

      Thank you Tea. You’re likely already aware that the DDICE RICO does name both Dr. Simon and Judge McAdam. We’ve alerted the defendants within the rackettering enterprises that we expect to identify additional defendants involved in the wrongdoing to be named at a future date. Should you wish to share evidence of other wrongdoings, you may do so here, or by contacting us privately.

      We welcome your participation. Feel free to update the community here and at our resource website-Weightier Matter (www.WeighterMatter.com). Our filings are categorized, easily searchable, and may provide useful templates for your actions as well.

      Good luck and God bless.

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