I just had a family court judge accuse me of child abuse.
Comm. Irwin H. Joseph made his ruling today, and he came down on me hard. He said that he found me guilty of emotional abuse. He admitted that there was no individual act of wrongdoing that anyone could find, but he said that there are a lot of complaints so he thinks that the kids are in distress. He said that I had an inability to take responsibility for the kids' distress, and they should not have to continue with me. He restricted me to a limited amount of supervised visitation.
Comm. Joseph didn't cite much in the way of specifics. He did castigate me for entering my 8-year-old daughter in a math contest that was intended for 10-year-olds. He implied that there was some sort of technical violation of the contest rules by doing that, and claimed that I was not sufficiently sensitive to the feelings that she might have had when her mother told her that she should not have been in the contest. I had testified that the contest was a worthwhile experience, and I am amazed that anyone would object to it.
Comm. Joseph said that he searched thru the court file, and found some comments on me by Bret Johnson three years ago. Johnson is a gay shrink who wrote a book about helping gay men get out of the closet. Comm. Joseph said Dr. Johnson was "prophetic", and quoted him as saying that I was "unorthodox" and "liked to do things my own way". This was all supposed to support his finding that I was a child abuser who was unfit to care for my own kids.
Comm. Joseph also issued new child support orders. When I pointed out that his new orders were directly contrary to what the appellate court said that he could do, and explained that the statute required certain factfinding, he just quickly swore us in, asked a couple of irrelevant questions, and declared that he had done the factfinding and ordered me to pay the same amount anyway. (Maybe I'll explain in greater detail later.)
Comm. Joseph also sent us out for a psychological evaluation. I've already had about five of them, so I am not sure what is the the point. He also ordered me to do the things that Dr. Johnson recommended three years ago, even tho they were rejected by the court at the time.
There was a maliciousness to Comm. Joseph's tone that I had not seen before. He acted as if he wanted to teach me a lesson, and he was going to stick it to me as hard as he possibly could under the law. He sounded as if he was going to terminate my parental rights entirely, but he needs a couple of more psych reports before he can do that. He didn't even mention the usual mumbo-jumbo about the best interest of the children. He just wanted to punish me to the maximum, regardless of any consequences.