Michigan's Friend of the Court Ignores the Law and Hurts Kids

Doug Dante dougdante1@yahoo.com Updated: Oct 12, 2008

I am not a lawyer. This is not legal advice. Here is a list of ways in which a local Friend of the Court office may ignore the law and hurt kids. It is by no means complete. The court has a financial conflict of interest that may discourage joint physical custody or the higher earning parent to obtain custody of children: http://www.scribd.com/doc/630611/A-Quick-Summary-of-Title-IVD-Funding-and-Incentives Some local Friend of the Court offices may delay or deny legitimate child support modification requests: http://www.scribd.com/doc/458394/Michigan-Friend-of-the-Court-Child-Support-ModificationRequest Or refuse to respond to legitimate parenting time violations: http://www.scribd.com/doc/550881/When-the-Friend-of-the-Court-Doesnt-Respond-To-ParentingTime-Violations Or engage in troubling retaliatory practices: http://www.scribd.com/doc/454566/Racketeering-in-Michigans-Friend-of-the-Court http://www.scribd.com/doc/959159/When-Might-a-Federal-Racketeering-Lawsuit-Be-Allowable Or may operate without knowledge of problems that fatherlessnes cause for children: http://www.scribd.com/doc/425877/The-Effects-of-Divorce-and-Sole-Custody-on-ChildrenAny local FOC is under the direction of the SCAO (State Court Administrative Office) which created the troubling CSPR (or CSPER) report, and the federal dollars also extend the financial conflict of interest from the courts to the local Prosecuting Attorneys: http://www.scribd.com/doc/477791/A-Review-of-the-CSPER-Report http://courts.michigan.gov/scao/services/focb/CSPR12-06ReportAndRecommendations.pdf Some local FOCs may improperly use internal mediators. http://www.scribd.com/doc/405400/Michigan-Friend-of-the-Court-Mediator-Questions Some local FOCs may unnecessarily delay child custody rulings, damaging the parent-child bond of the parent on the wrong side of a temporary order, and risking making any temporary order a permanent order through simple longevity: http://www.scribd.com/doc/509712/What-if-The-Court-Fails-to-Rule-Promptly-on-Custody Some local FOCs may fail to allow contemptors to speak at contempt hearings: http://www.scribd.com/doc/406110/Some-Thoughts-For-Parents-Facing-A-Contempt-of-Court-Hearing Some local FOCs may fail to properly ensure that the civil rights of parents are respected: http://www.scribd.com/doc/404652/Fiction-John-Q-Public-and-the-Friend-of-the-Court-Before-ItBegins Some local FOCs may fail to enforce parent's rights to their children's school or medical records:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/458635/Considerations-for-Getting-Your-Childs-School-Records-usingFERPA Some local FOCs may incorrectly substitute a software application for the correct child support formula manual, creating an improper support obligation that may actually cause severe poverty of the paying parent, which is not consistent with Michigan law nor in the children's best interests: http://www.scribd.com/doc/962203/Should-Software-for-Child-Support-Calculations-be-Treated-AsUnreliable Or they may fail to act in the children's interest when there is clear and convincing evidence that their custodial parent isn't using the paying parent's payments to provide for the children: http://www.scribd.com/doc/1018457/Considerations-for-when-a-Parent-Spends-Child-Support-onHimselfHerself-and-the-Court-Doesnt-Care Or they may back date forms, etc, making it difficult for parents to obtain justice: http://www.scribd.com/doc/948712/Detecting-Fraud-in-Court-Filings-Postal-Meters-ColorPrintersCopiers-and-Cartridges Or they may fail to follow court rules and allow for contemporaneous recordings, or alter recordings, or unnecessarily delay transcripts, to make it more difficult for parents to obtain justice: http://www.scribd.com/doc/2257035/Contemporaneous-Recordings-for-Referee-Hearings-in-Michigan Or they may use biased custody evaluators: http://www.scribd.com/doc/2561734/Some-Thoughts-on-Child-Custody-Hearings Or lawyers and judges may fail in their mandatory ethical duties to report ethics violations of their peers: http://www.scribd.com/doc/2618443/YOU-are-a-mandated-reporter Or the mediators may not appear to act honestly, referees may seem less than fair, and judges may rubber stamp decisions: http://www.scribd.com/doc/3123830/Michigan-Child-Custody-Survey-Report Or the procedures on getting public information from the judiciary may be obscure and confusing: http://www.scribd.com/doc/3584335/How-to-Get-Public-Information-From-the-Michigan-Judiciary For local FOCs: Oakland: http://www.scribd.com/doc/362206/Oakland-County-Friend-of-the-Court-Ignores-the-Law-and-HurtsKids Macomb: http://www.scribd.com/doc/3987229/Macomb-County-Friend-of-the-Court-Ignores-the-Law-andHurts-Kids Kent http://www.scribd.com/doc/362198/Kent-County-Friend-of-the-Court-Is-Ignoring-The-Law-andHurting-Kids

Be aware of House Joint Resolution NN, which would add already protected federal rights of parents to Michigan's constitution: http://www.scribd.com/doc/1452062/Send-Michigan-Reps-a-Thank-You-For-House-Joint-ResolutionNN http://www.scribd.com/doc/4525506/-House-Joint-Resolution-NN-Specific-Problems-and-How-ItWill-Help-Michigans-Children http://www.scribd.com/doc/4339855/-Its-Time-To-Help-Parents-and-Children-By-Passing-HJR-NN Related short fiction: http://www.scribd.com/doc/2261150/Fiction-Congratulations-Now-Pay-Up Two free on line communities that you may find useful are: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FRC/ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/michdads/ Be aware that FOC custody recommendations vary significantly between various FOC offices , and these variations also create differences in custody recommendations between various population groups. http://www.scribd.com/doc/6169001/Analysis-of-Friend-of-the-Court-Custody-Recommendations

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