Archive for September 8th, 2008

Let’s set up the stage of the typical non custodial father story: Sicko ex-wife has pressed unfounded charged of child-abuse against non-custodial father. Biased justice system complacently listens, grants an order of protection to sicko ex-wife. At this point, guilty or not, the non-custodial father has lost everything: he has to prove his innocence during an endless trial; meanwhile, he cannot see his children but through supervised visitations. Of course, the justice system makes sure that non- custodial father pays child support.

In many areas where the public sector does not set the rules, the market takes over and does the job miserably. The market of supervised visitations is perhaps, after the private health insurance business, the worst ever. Unlike the flea market, you will never find the pearl here, but you surely will find lots of junk, whose business titles commonly declines the word family : “Family First”, “Helping Family” … etc. Lucky me, I got ” Comprehensive Family Services”, (305 Broadway, New York City), that my lawyer recommended. I should have known better; What in hell does this mean? Do they park your car when you help your kid do her homework? Truly, there is only one thing comprehensive here: the nullity of the director, Richard Spitzer; Avoid absolutely.

Let ‘s unveil Spitzer’s used car salesman’s trick: he brags he will deliver reconciliation that will put the broken pieces of the family together. He is the magician of the transition toward the resumption of unsupervised visitations. Does he have the means to deliver? Not the first. Sicko ex-wife does not want any change in the regime of visitations and Spitzer cannot enforce any. Why would he? Is Spitzer accountable for his performance to the Court? Manhattan family court could care less about his performance. What matters to the law guardian Octobre and Judge Sturm: no storm. The more supervised visitations there are, the smaller the risk the Court takes with a potential abuser. Why should Spitzer care more than the Court does? So enjoy, prolong supervised visitations, that’s good for business. The outcome of this jungle-like, totally unregulated market of supervised visitations: sucker non-custodial father pays the bill and his relationship with his children goes down the drain.

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