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Unclassified Info: Family court is no place for a dad

May 16, 2011|By Gary Huerta

I was in Utah over the weekend when I happened to hear a radio spot in my rental car. The commercial was for a law firm specializing in the rights of fathers in the Utah family court system. The message pointed out the court system is stacked against fathers, and the only way to ensure a fair trial in a biased system was to have expert representation from their firm.

This struck a nerve since I happen to believe the family court serving Glendale has similar issues. I’ve been inside our local family courtroom more times than I care to remember, and each time I feel as though I am fighting for my rights within a system that seems partial to mothers.

I know that writing this may not serve me well the next time I am in court. But I think this matter needs to be addressed, and I flatly refuse to shy away from an issue I believe is important simply to protect my own interests.

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The news of men pushed to the brink of violence as a result of what they feel are injustices at the hands of the family court seems to make the news with more and more regularity. I have often wondered how many of these rampages will occur before someone notices a link between family court and fathers and ex-husbands going off the deep end.

As someone who has been involved in the system for seven years now, it doesn’t look to me like the real goal of family court is to facilitate a positive relationship. It talks a good game with seminars and classes, but divisiveness rather than resolution seems to be commonplace.

In the past, I have been ordered to make child support payments that have made it difficult for me to save any money in nearly seven years. Ironically, every time I do save some money, I seem to be dragged back to court for more custodial battling — I will get to this in a moment.

I have been surprised on more than one occasion to submit income and expense declarations to the court with everything but gross income going completely ignored. The court does have the power to reconcile the number calculated by the Dissomaster (the long out-of-date computer program that determines child support) based on actual living expenses, but I have never seen it done. Asking for expense information looks like nothing more than a formality — another box to check off in a broken system.

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