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Oakland County judge under fire over custody case

No parent in Clinton Township who is going through a custody dispute will say that it is easy.  Emotions are running high as each parent tries to convince a judge to rule in his or her favor. There are often arguments over how much time the children spend with each parent and which parent will maintain legal and/or physical custody. In some cases, parents accuse each other of alienating their children from them. Regardless of the nature of the battle, it is up to the judge to keep a cool head but sometimes even a judge will lose patience.

One judge in Oakland County has found herself in hot water after she apparently lost her patience during a child custody hearing. The judge had been presiding over a case where the three children flat out refused to obey her order concerning visitation with their father. The father argued that the mother had alienated them but there was no information provided that supported this claim. The case had entered its fifth year and logged more than 55 pages of hearing notes.

Allegedly frustrated, the judge made statements that were described as demeaning and insulting, making a comparison between Charles Manson, the leader of a murderous cult, and one of the children. She also ruled that the children were in contempt of court for their lack of cooperation and ordered them to spend 17 days in a juvenile facility. It was unknown whether the children, who are between the ages of 9 and 13, finally agreed to see their father, who is not in the U.S.

There are many questions that can rise over custody and visitation between parents. However, talking to an attorney can help them look at the situation with fresh eyes and provide them with an understanding of what options they have.

Source: Detroit Free Press, “Panel urges 30-day suspension for Oakland County Judge Lisa Gorcyca,” John Wisely, Nov. 15, 2016

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