Last Friday, the day he got his pink slip, he signed a new custody order for my kids and mailed it to me.
I must have some misunderstandings about the American legal system. I thought that such orders can only result from someone making a motion to the family court, allowing both sides to present legal arguments and witnesses, and the family court judge issuing a ruling.
Cmr. Joseph is not even the family court judge. He is not even a real judge. He is the acting juvenile delinquency court judge. No one made a motion to either him or the family court. My ex-wife did send him an email asking for some legal advice, but he did not answer that. Not to my knowledge, anyway.
The order was a rubber stamp of what the $20k psychologist recommended. He had not even discussed his recommendations with us. He just sent them to the court and to Cmr. Joseph, as if they were the best thing to do. So I am ordered to do something without even any notice that it was under consideration.
Here is the visitation order:
6. Plan 1. Father shall have one supervised visitation per calendar month with the children. These visits shall occur on Saturday or Sunday. These visits shall last two hours. Mother shall provide father with a list of available dates and specific times (e.g. 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Noon to 2:00 p.m.) at least one month in advance (for example by July 1 she will provide the available dates for the month of August). Father will then select the date and once the date is set there shall be no changes to it. Father shall select the supervisor from the County list of accepted supervisors (he may continue with Ms. XXXXX if he so determines). Father shall be responsible for all fees associated with these visits. No longer than 45 days shall pass between the visits unless agreed to by the parents.The court clerk also sent copies to my ex-wife, some lawyer who was fired from the case 2.5 years ago, and to the $20k psychologist. I never heard of a court sending a copy of a court order to a witness who is not a party to the case.
Cmr. Joseph's unfairness and maliciousness surprises me. It appears that he wants to cause as much damage as possible before his termination.