I have heard from soooo many new clients that their cases involve corruption, but it’s in family court and due mostly to the vendors and court appointed attorneys.
One lawyer, Mario Jiminez is working to alleviate these problems, so here is my wish list for family court:
I really think what we need is for all the jurisdictions to
1) use a 50/50 coparenting agreement enacted by the legislature;
2) to use a 50/50 division of assets agreement enacted by the legislature; and
3) 50/50 parenting shall be implemented unless one parent is a felon or psychopath (either party can demand testing–brain scan only, please) or there is sexual abuse allegations ;
4) one parent pays child support and the other accounts for child support and must also spend the child support rate on the kids (this can include utilities, rent, housing, etc.) from their income. If the parents cannot agree on who pays child support, the court should toss a coin. If one parent moves out of the jurisdiction, they must make arrangements for transportation for co parenting.
All we need to do is get the vendors out of the scam business and a lot of the unrest will go away.
All vendor lists must be published on the internet for every court room, and past clients and family members should be allowed to rate any court vendor for quality of services, list any problems, effectiveness, cost, etc. Ratings should be published on the internet. All prices should be published on the internet. Parties should be able to ask for a flat fee or capped fee arrangement. CV’s or Resume’s must be published on the internet.
Anyone who is court appointed MUST file an ethics report yearly disclosing all sources of income from any person or business and the amount received if it is in the probate or family court area. This shall be published on the internet.
The ONLY time vendors can get involved is if there are special needs children, extraordinary medical expenses, one or both parents on disability, and then they should be trained volunteers who work for low cost or free. Courts should always pull from this list first to see if they can get a low cost or free volunteer rather than someone paid.
In the case of parents requiring supervision (felonies, psychopathy, sexual abuse, etc.) this should also be low cost or free. The court should always look on the lowest cost list first and for volunteers, esp. where the parties are not wealthy and the marital estate is not large.