Petitioning Executive Director, Association of Family Conciliation Courts Chris Shananhan AFCC (Executive Director, Association of Family Conciliation Courts) and 22 others

Stop American Family Court Bias Against Irish Immigrant Mother


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My name is Roisin Cassidy. I was a custodial mother of my two children for 15 years, currently aged 15 and 11. I've always been a devoted mother, and all I have ever wanted to do was to co parent my children. Nonetheless, their wealthy abusive father asked for sole custody and was successful, by means of a custody report that I believe to be inaccurate and biased, conducted by Dr. Ken B. Perlmutter. This report was signed into a court order by Judge Raymond Swope, San Mateo. I was not permitted to present my evidence in court. 

This is not a case of substance abuse, mental illness or parental deficiencies. After leaving an abusive marriage, my children and I were subjected to years of expensive litigation and harassment, as well as two custody evaluations by Ken Perlmutter PhD, Palo Alto. These custody evaluations placed me and the children under a microscope for years to the point where I had to account for every decision I made no matter how small and for each and every incident that occurred in our daily lives no matter how trivial. If I was five minutes late for a doctor's appointment, I had to explain why in detail.

In his custody report Dr. Perlmutter made many untrue and outrageous statements and conclusions. One example is Dr. Perlmutter stated numerous times in his report that I suffer from intellectual deficits, even though he had no scientific evidence to support this and despite the fact that my IQ has measured at 128. Dr. Perlmutter even went so far as to tell my children in front of me that me their mother suffers from an intellectual deficit and that they would be better off being raised by their father Stephen Tyrrell and his partner Diane Smith Jordan. I was forced by court order to sit in silence while Perlmutter degraded me to my children. Dr. Perlmutter gloated and yelled at me while I had tears streaming down my face during his interrogations. The fact one of my complaints against the father to Perlmutter was that he often referred to me as retarded in front of our children was completely ignored and seen as appropriate parenting by Dr. Perlmutter.

Recently, after five years of expensive litigation all instigated by the father Stephen Tyrrell, I simply ran out of money and could not continue to defend myself from the constant untrue accusations from the father and his legal team. My children and I had less than 48 hours to say good-bye, and they were uprooted from their Bay Area home and moved out of state. I have not seen my children since, and have only had limited sporadic phone contact. I was fined over $50,000 in court costs, I was accused of having a frivolous defense even though my evidence was not permitted by the court. Parents often lose their children to the parents who abused them, and mistreated them by means of legal and financial abuse. 

Ken Perlmutter is a member of the Association of Family Conciliation Courts, an organization of family law professionals that have recently come to Ireland via ARC mediation in Waterford, Ireland. The AFCC does not believe in holding their professionals accountable and do not investigate complaints against their members. I wish to enlighten Irish parents of the possible removal of due process when entering mediation with professionals associated with the AFCC. I am requesting that the AFCC change their rules to allow for me to file a complaint against and investigate what I believe to be a biased and inaccurate evaluation. I also request that shared parenting be restored.

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Executive Director, Association of Family Conciliation Courts
    Chris Shananhan AFCC (Executive Director, Association of Family Conciliation Courts)
  • Irish Government
  • Council of Europe, Comissioner for Human Rights
  • Inspector General
    American Department of Justice
  • Executive Director, Association of Family Conciliation Courts
    Peter Salem
  • Minister for Justice and Equality
    Frances Fitzgerald
  • Associate Director, Association of Family Conciliation Courts
    Leslye Hunter
  • Presiding Judge San Mateo Superior Court
    Judge John L. Grandsaert
  • Democratic Assembly Whip and Chair of Budget Sub Committee
    Nora Campos
  • U.S. Ambassador to Ireland
    Kevin F. O'Malley
  • Director of ARC Mediation, Waterford, Ireland
    Roisin O'Shea
  • Seanad Eireann
    Senator Mark Daly
  • United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
    Sylvia Mathews Burwell
  • Speaker Pro Tempore. State Assembly, 22nd District
    Kevin Mullin
  • Assembly Member, 19th District
    Senator Jerry Hill
  • Human Rights Council Branch
    United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • President of Commission on Law Reform Ireland
    Mr. Justice John Quirke
  • Commissioner, Council of Europe
    Nils Muižnieks
  • Minister of State for the Diaspora
    Joe McHugh
  • MEP Ireland
    Brian Crowley
  • MEP Ireland
    Matt Carthy
  • MEP Ireland
    Nessa Childers
  • MEP Ireland
    Lynn Boylan

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