Child custody fraud ripped families apart

By |2022-10-07T09:38:35+00:0014 Dec 2012|Categories: Child Support, Joint Custody, Mediation|

Residents of Orange County, California, may already understand the rippling effect of marital disputes within a household. These disputes, if not settled properly, can lead to a couple’s separation and subsequent divorce. Children often get caught in the middle of their parents’ disputes. Whenever possible, parents should always act in the best interests of their child.

Child custody often leads to a contentious divorce process, as both parties may seek sole custody of the children. Both parents may be granted legal custody, which means that they will be responsible for making decisions regarding religion, school and the health care of the children. Some couples seek mediation to help them handle marital disputes. Couples should be careful when choosing a mediator for many reasons. An incident that demonstrates this occurred in Arizona, but it could have occurred anywhere.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office investigated a business where the owners were allegedly committing child custody fraud. The business was a family and children’s services company and it was run by a husband and wife. The couple provided child custody mediation services to their clients. The wife allegedly pretended to have a doctorate and certification as a professional therapist.

An elderly man and his wife assumed custody of their grandchildren when their daughter died. The grandchildren’s biological father then hired the services of the family and children’s services company. The result was that the couple lost custody of their grandchildren when the biological father and the mediator accused him of child molestation.

Another woman shared her experience about the family and children’s services company. For one and a half years, she dropped her son off at the business for supervised visitation. When she picked him up, he had bruises and bite marks. She felt powerless because the visits were a court order.

If a person is going to use that type of business, it is critical to check the business’s background and the individuals who will be handling the case. Both sides should come up an agreement regarding child custody that is comfortable for everyone concerned.

Source:, “MCSO arrests couple linked with child custody fraud,” Dawn Alexander, Nov. 29, 2012

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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