Lighting Up the Intersection between Police and Family Court

In certain jurisdictions the Family Court attorneys profiting from suppressing evidence are getting some help.

Georgia cases being reported on reveal that police are parroting custody reports that ignore evidence of child abuse, while in other cases parents act out and prevent children from seeing their other parent – even when the visitation is court ordered.  There is a broad range of misconduct on the part of parents, but in many situations the parent’s behavior would not have a permanently damaging effect but for the escalation of foul play caused by certain court professionals.

A big topic of discussion is how angry, punitive or “off” parents can alienate, or cause estrangement or contempt toward, the other parent.  Yes, some parents behave badly, use the children to control or hurt the other parent, but often they would not get away with it if counsel were honest and diligent.  So our reform initiative around the use of evidence in child custody cases will have a positive impact on this issue.

The point of this page is in showing what can happen that leads to alienation, or the cutting out of a good parent.  Some cases involve law enforcement, whether it is helping to hide real abuse, or enabling the use false allegations.  We do not believe the police would intentionally do this, or do this on their own.  But when certain attorneys are able to control a case and the outcome, it sometimes happens because they have law enforcement connections who are willing to at least look the other way.

This is happening in multiple counties in Georgia, and this news story validates the point that this is somewhat common practice. Children and parents lose out when police look the other way.

KFOX14 asked Davis if he could recall a single case ever going through during his 20 year tenure in EPPD.

“During my time I was personally unaware of any case that went all the way through the system and was looked upon, or prosecuted,” Davis said. “It was definitely frustrating at times because people would call, they are victims, they are reaching out to law enforcement for assistance, for a law that is on the books, and basically we’re put in a position where we’re not allowed to assist them.”

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