am a law abiding citizen, have served on a grand jury, have never been
arrested and don't even have a parking ticket. I do not have the money to
continue the legal fight against the State of Michigan for my children's
and my rights. I cannot accept that what has happened to me should be
allowed to continue. I ask for whatever help you can provide.
civil and parental rights have been interfered with and all but destroyed
by the State of Michigan Circuit Court System. I have followed all of the
laws, rules and regulations to no avail. I contacted the State of Michigan
Civil Rights Commission and was referred to another organization, which
ignored my complaint. Worse than that, the Chief Judges of two Michigan
Circuit Courts have ignored the "Friend of the Court" law that
they are responsible for and have left me no place in the State Court
System to go.
is not about a divorce case or a "he said/she said" matter. This
is about the legal system ignoring its responsibilities and acting
"above the law."
last saw my children exactly two years ago. The divorce was in 1991 and
custody has never been finalized. The Wayne County Michigan Friend of the
Court was ordered two times to resolve the visitation and custody issues
by the Wayne County Circuit Court. Each time, they refused to comply with
the Court's order. The visitation issues were then transferred to Oakland
County Michigan and then to Macomb County Michigan. Again, Macomb County
refused to comply with the Court's Order. The "status quo" was
allowed to fester for six years.
thereafter, my ex-wife had false child abuse charges filed against me.
Wayne County Children's Protective Services investigated the case,
interviewed my children and myself and found the truth that there was no
abuse. She then filed the same charges with the Wayne County Circuit
Court. Children's Protective Services came to Court to testify as my
witness twice. The Wayne County Friend of the Court Referee said, "We
are going to start all over" and ordered a Guardian Ad Litem,
testing, and supervised visitation by the Guardian Ad Litem. This was
despite having the Children's Protective Services Report, knowing that I
didn't have the money to comply with such a ruling and admitting, that the
system failed by saying "we are going to start all over." The
Circuit Court Judge upheld her ruling.
contacted the Governor's office and they suggested that I contact the
Michigan State Court Administrative Office. The law places the
responsibility on the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court to respond if the
Friend of the Court doesn't or if I appeal the Friend of the Court
decision. I filed complaints with the Wayne County and Macomb County
Friend of the Courts. Both ignored me. I then followed the procedure and
filed appeals with the two Chief Judges of Wayne and Macomb Counties.
Again I was ignored. The State Court Administrative Office and the
Michigan Department of Civil Rights both suggested that I file complaints
against the two Chief Judges with the Judicial Tenure Commission. I did
and they dismissed the charges against the Chief Judges saying that they
"are not an appeals court."
am at my wit end and sincerely believe that I will never see my children
again if someone doesn't intervene. The Friend of the Court and the Courts
of Wayne and Macomb County ignore the law and my children and I pay the
price. I have gone from a father who would never miss a phone call or
visitation to one who may be seen as "abandoning" his children,
at least from their perspective.
have been told that my case is not that unusual--that makes the situation
even more hurtful. Something has to be done. If you can help us in any
way, I would be eternally grateful.