Stop the Appointment of Biased Court Professionals in Family Law cases.

Stop the Appointment of Biased Court Professionals in Family Law cases.

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A NATIONWIDE Campaign to immediately stop the biased practice of judges getting involved in choosing the professional and/or expert witnesses in family law cases. Judges are not parties to cases and should remain neutral: Selecting the expert witnesses is not consistent with remaining neutral.

The system of appointing court-ordered professionals to give opinions on family court matters has to stop. Families and children are being hurt, as the professionals often have allegiances and connections with the law firms that are recommending them and they are profiting immensely by keeping their repeat-customers (law firms) happy. It has created a major loophole for corruption and racketeering in our family courts systems. Experts and professionals in family law cases have become hired-guns whose opinions to the court are for sale.

It has become commonplace for judges to appoint a court-ordered professional to investigate family law cases. The most common protocol is for each law firm to recommend a professional to the court. From there a commissioner or judge will choose one of the proposed professionals to investigate and make recommendations to the court about the placement of the children. This system is rife with bias and conflicts-of-interest, as each law firm chooses the professional whom they've worked with in the past and whom they know will side favorably with their client. Lawyers don't randomly select a professional, but select one they have a positive history with. This system is inherently biased and leads to one party starting off the proceedings at a SEVERE disadvantage.

A professional appointed by the court is almost always mandated to be paid for out of community funds: An unfair disadvantage to the person whose professional isn't chosen, for they will have to hire their own rebuttal professional out of separate funds (if they can hire one at all). Furthermore, the professional chosen by the court is automatically deemed the more credible professional and his/her opinion on the placement of the children is almost always deemed superior to any other professional - because they were chosen by the judge to begin with.

 

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