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  • Busted! Dr. Stephen Doyne: Former Clients Expose His Failure as a Custody Evaluator
    “Kill All the Lawyers” — William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2 The widespread condemnation of one San Diego custody evaluator probably won’t end until he’s dead.  Hopefully sooner rather than later. Poor man. He’s been proven to have falsified his resume, performed work for San Diego family courts without qualifications, defrauded clients by […]
  • The Science of Good Parenting
    There are thousands of books about how to raise a happy, successful child.  But under scrutiny it becomes obvious that almost all of these books are based on “conventional wisdom”–wives’ tales, folklore, cultural norms, and family tradition.  Yet, what is that worth? Just because your parents raised you a certain way doesn’t mean it was […] The post The Scie […]
  • “Best Interests of the Child”–Fact or Lyrical Poetry? Family Court Professionals Disclose the Truth
    Let’s swim to the moon, uh huh Let’s climb through the tide Penetrate the evenin’ that the City sleeps to hide Let’s swim out tonight, love It’s our turn to try Parked beside the ocean On our moonlight drive** Confused about what “best interests of the child” means?  You’re not alone.  So are judges, attorneys, and especially psychologists.  At AFCC’s 2006 n […]
  • Busted! Divorce Attorney Slides Into Oblivion–The Tragic End of a Crooked Lawyer: Marilyn Bierer, San Diego Divorce Lawyer
    Her clients’ reviews are the story of her demise: “Marilyn Bierer is an abusive alcoholic who charged a fortune and yelled at me constantly,” says former client “J.W.”; “Dishonest, hotheaded, and unethical,” says one San Diego mom who paid her tens of thousands of dollars and got creamed.  “Marilyn Bierer and Associates not only got […] The post Busted! Divo […]
  • A Poem: I Am An American
    I Am an American   They say I’m humble, ‘most to a fault. I’m an American. I think of giving without a thought. I’m an American. I drive a pickup in a parade. Honor promises not often made. My favorite drive through sells only lemonade. I am an American. There’s a ballpark in my front […] The post A Poem: I Am An American appeared first on Weightier Matter. […]
  • California Coalition Teams with Families Civil Liberties Union, Florida Family Coalition, and Other Groups Nationwide to Save Taxpayer Dollars by De-Funding OVW Grants
    March 23, 2017–San Diego, CA; New York, NY; Sarasota, FL–California Coalition for Families and Children, PBC announces today it is expanding its partnership with nationwide coalitions including the Families Civil Liberties Union and the Florida Family and Children Constitutional Coalition to lobby incoming Attorney General Jeff Sessions to de-fund federal gr […]
  • Family Civil Rights Coalitions Deliver Letter to HHS Secretary Price Suggesting Taxpayer Savings by De-Funding of Title IV-D
    March 22, 2017–New York, NY, San Diego, CA, Sarasota, FL–Today Families Civil Liberties Union, New York Chapter, California Coalition for Families and Children, PBC, and the Florida Family and Children Constitutional Coalition, Inc. in announcing delivery of a letter to the incoming Secretary of the United States Health and Human Services Department, Dr. Tho […]
  • New Video: Domestic Dispute Industry Increasingly Wary of the Destructiveness of Custody Evaluations
      Up To Parents (www.uptoparents.org) has released a new series of four short, free YouTube videos explaining why custody evaluations almost never help parents achieve their child’s best interests, are frequently highly destructive–even deadly–and always cost far more than they’re worth.  Charlie Asher, JD, founded Up To  Parents to empower parental autonomy […]
  • Is There A “Good Divorce” for Kids? Child Custody Researchers Debate the Research: “It’s a Myth”
    They say opinions are like … never mind.   And everyone of course has a favorite opinion or two about child custody.  Yet regardless of whose … opinion … you prefer, in Family Court every custody evaluator, lawyer, judge, and litigant’s opinion seems to be different.  Dad’s rights groups and pro-“friendly parent” organizations such as AFCC may […] The post I […]
  • Four Legendary Experts Discuss the Nature, Causes, and Effects of Domestic Violence
    Is conventional wisdom about domestic violence accurate?  What are its causes, and how can it be prevented?  Below we provide edited versions of four remarkable interviews between four legendary experts in the field, Erin Prizzey, Dr. Martin Fiebert, Professor Donald Dutton, and research pioneer Dr. Murray Straus.  These researchers discuss their decades of […]

California Coalition Challenging Family Court Judicial Immunity in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Today

p1 11-1 Openning BriefOctober 23, 2014—San Diego, CA—California Coalition for Families and Children, PBC, today announces filing of its Opening Brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California Coalition for Families and Children v. San Diego County Bar Association, Case No. 14-56140. In the appeal, California Coalition asks the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse rulings of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California made in July of this year.

California Coalition is advancing three arguments critical to families in domestic disputes.

1. Limiting Judicial Immunity For All Judges

California Coalition is asking the Court of Appeals to reexamine a critical 1986 case that extended broad judicial immunity to judges accused of wrongdoing in office.  The case, Ashelman v. Pope—under which family court judges today receive absolute immunity for any act done in their “official capacity”—was decided inconsistently with a prior 1978 United States Supreme Court case, Stump v. Sparkman.  California Coalition offers the Court of Appeals a meticulous analysis of the history of judicial immunity from the seminal 1872 case of Bradley v. Fisher, and its Twentieth Century progeny of Pierson v. Ray, Monroe v. Pape, and Pulliam v. Allen, explaining that the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Ashelman betrayed the Supreme Court’s instructions to examine whether a judge was performing a “judicial act” that was immune as of 1871—when the Civil Rights Act was passed into law by Congress.

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Federal Court Puts the Cuffs On San Diego County Child Protective Services

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United States District Judge Thomas Whelan Issues “Blistering” Opinion Regarding San Diego CPS Battery of Children

October 3, 2014–San Diego, CA–A United States District Judge this week issued a “blistering” Order against San Diego County Child Protective Services workers, and their employer, the County of San Diego, for CPS’s unwarranted removal of the two children of Joanna and Steven Swartwood from their home for two days.  Excerpts and analysis from the order granting summary judgment in the case by Judge Thomas Whelan:

“Plaintiffs filed this lawsuit after D.S. and R.S. were removed from their home without a warrant and subjected to medical exams, which included a urine test and examination of their genitalia, without notice to Steven or Joanna.”

“Plaintiffs contend Defendants’ conduct in removing the children, continuing to detain the children, and conducting the medical exams violated their Fourth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment rights and are suing under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 [and state law.]”

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