Illinois mom Aneta Hadzi-Tanovic has filed an $8 million federal lawsuit against Family Court judge Robert Wade Johnson, the GAL, and her ex for conspiring to deprive her under the color of law of her right to due process and equal protection, as well as for the intentional torts "abuse of process" and "intentional infliction of emotional distress".
Aneta’s custody nightmare mirrors women's cases all over the country and world in which Family Court judges disregard substantial negative evidence about the father, and fabricate negative evidence about the mother, in order to justify switching custody to the father.
In Aneta’s case, the judge ignored substantial evidence of physical, psychological and emotional abuse by the father, much of it gathered by police, a forensic interviewer and social services.
Instead of protecting the children, the judge falsely found Aneta to have coached them to report abuse (i.e. alienation), hence emotionally abusive, despite no evidence to support that finding. Then he allowed the father to alienate the kids from her, to the point that they now refuse to talk to her on the phone and are so badly behaved in supervised visitation that she cannot keep a supervisor.
Aneta had a wonderful, loving relationship with her children and believed their disclosures of abuse. She did everything possible to protect them and maintain custody, but now her relationship with them has been destroyed. She has not seen her children in over a year.
Through her pain, Aneta has managed to gather the strength to hit back by filing this federal lawsuit detailing how the judge and GAL conspired in the taking and alienating of her children.
42 U.S.C. §1983 does not provide for injunctions against state judges, so it will not affect the custody ruling or bring her children back. But Aneta hopes publicity on the injustice she has endured, and especially a win in her suit, will help her case moving forward and help expose the injustices women everywhere are being subjected to.
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1. Conspiracy to deprive of due process [42 U.S.C. §1983]
2. Conspiracy to deprive of equal protection under the law [42 U.S.C. §1983]
3. Abuse of process [intentional tort]
4. Intentional infliction of emotional distress [intentional tort]
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IN ANETA’S OWN WORDS:
My ex has been abusing my children and me for very long time.
He filed 6 times to DCFS claiming I am abusing my children, all of which were rejected as unfounded. My children reported that he is forcing them to lie, but nothing has been done about it. I filed a Motion for 604.10(b) Psychological Evaluation and that was denied.
In June 2017, I was forced to sign a 50/50 Allocation Judgment under a threat by the GAL that if I don’t sign it, they will take my kids away. This was all 2 days after the Judge allowed my attorney to withdraw without giving me 21 days to retain new one, all of which is in direct violation of the Illinois Supreme Court Rule 13.
After the divorce, my ex intensified his abuse and my children reported him to social services, school officials, police, DCFS, and even a video-recorded forensic interview was done. Even though all the evidence was against my ex, the police, social services and forensic investigations were all quickly dismissed after the former GAL got involved again into everything.
In court it was all turned against me, with multiple false testimonies by the GAL, and my time was reduced from 50% to supervised visits only. There were periods of 6 months when I didn’t see or even talk to my children at all because my ex and the GAL would not agree to any supervisors. And then when supervisors were finally appointed, my ex would attack one after another for supposedly not doing their job, and they would refuse to do any more supervision.
In the meantime my children went from loving and caring and wanting to spend time with me, to swearing at me, attacking me, and stealing the stuff from my house, which was also why the last 4 supervisors refused come around my children again and supervise visits.
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"I hope our paths meet again in this journey we call 'life'...If we don't meet, I love you, always have, always will.”
Coral to daughter Rebekah
Coral is wishing her daughter a Happy 30th Birthday to her daughter the only way she can—on social media.
Family Court gave sole custody of Rebekah, along with her 7 other children, including a nursing infant, to their father and allowed him to completely alienate all 8 of them from her.
Coral’s case is a good example of how judges routinely allow men to alienate children from a good, protective mother. Women are rarely allowed to alienate children from a good, protective father, while often being falsely accused of alienating to justify switching custody to an abusive father.
EXCERPTS from birthday post [linked below]:
I will never forget your screams of terror as you, your sister, Hannah and baby Zachary were ripped away from me on March 10, 1996. My journey has been very difficult since that day.
...I reported the crimes that had been committed against you and your sister and me to an attorney and the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Dallas, Oregon. The crimes are documented and the perpetrators admitted to the crimes but there was no justice.
You were RIPPED AWAY FROM ME and put in the care of the perpetrators…I, your protective mother who reported the crimes as is required by law, was not allowed to see you, talk to you, write you letters or send you gifts...
...I wrote my memoir for you and your brothers and sisters and to encourage all protective mothers around the globe who have also lost their children while seeking safety and a divorce.
I wrote my memoir hoping that my children would remember the loving times in our lives and learn the truth of my own plight and horrors that occurred within our family at the hands of your father and others who perpetrated abuse in our home.
I hoped that one of you would read it, seek counseling and become aware of the horror that our family has endured.
I dedicated my memoir to my children and to my grandchildren in the hope that they may learn the truth about me. I hope meet my grandchildren before I pass away.
“HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY TO MY DAUGHTER”
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Face of the Crisis: Michelle
After my 4yr old boy disclosed penetrative sexual abuse IN A FORENSIC INTERVIEW, a crooked cop who hadn't even seen the interview lied on the stand saying I coached him.
I lost custody and have to pay $90 per 2 hour visit 3 times a week for the highest level of supervised visitation.
I've also had to pay for a costly psych eval of myself even though we already had a full custody exam which revealed my psych tests were 100% normal and father's were all "invalid".
I've been besieged for 3.5 years since I escaped my abusive marriage.
Recently my ex illegally discontinued visits and I had NO CONTACT, not even by phone with my baby for two months.
Everyday is pain without my child and worrying about his safety.
FROM: "Faces of the Crisis" a Women's Coalition Exhibit
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"Ms. Zubko-Valva provided the defendants with overwhelming, irrefutable evidence of the graphic, horrific abuse, including documentary proof, audio recordings and transcriptions, photographs and medical reports."
From lawsuit filed by Justyna, Tommy's mother
Little Tommy’s mother, Justyna, filed a $200M lawsuit this week against the Family Court judge and other officials involved in her custody case, 5 months after his death at the hands of his father.
Tommy’s father was enabled by three Family Court judges to severely abuse him for many years, despite Justyna fighting hard for his protection and submitting substantial evidence of physical, sexual and emotional abuse. But, as usual in contested custody cases, the judges deemed his mother a liar and restricted her to supervised visitation, giving the father complete power and control to use and abuse his son at will.
Unfortunately, the media is failing to put Little Tommy’s death into the context of systemic sexism operating in family courts, and some outlets are spreading false narratives, which harm the movement. It is important to ask MSM to print the truth about Tommy and the Custody Crisis [see below].
One local New York outlet, Newsday, quotes the mother’s attorney, saying the judge “failed to review evidence” and that the father was given custody because he was a police officer. In fact, there were three judges who DISREGARDED substantial evidence in Tommy’s case, not “failed to review it”. This is an important distinction in getting to the crux of the matter: Family court judges are not just negligent or untrained, they are deliberately ignoring damaging evidence about fathers and fabricating damaging evidence about mothers to justify switching custody to the father.
And Tommy's father may have been a police officer, but this is an exception to the rule of most fathers getting custody regardless of occupation. Reporting only that position misleads the public into thinking it is rare for abusive fathers to be given custody.
Research shows that judges are switching custody from primary nurturing mothers to fathers in approximately 82% of cases, with 70% involving abusive fathers; and that women have never had the power to keep custody after divorce, thanks to discriminatory systems men put in place as soon as women gained the power to live independently of them.
Research also confirms it is in children’s best interest to live primarily with their primary attachment figure after divorce (and visit the other parent regularly), especially when the parents do not get along; and, of course, to restrict visitation with abusive parents.
This research and the fact that THREE judges in this one case, and thousands of other judges around the world are empowering fathers at the expense of women and children, support that it is entrenched, systemic male entitlement causing women to lose custody. The incredible devastation caused to millions of women’s and children’s lives around the world is incalculable.
As a result of this case, legislation for cameras in the courtroom and on court-affiliated officials are being promoted as a solution. It is unclear this solution is being proposed when judges ignored “mountains of evidence and can simply ignore video evidence as well.
The problem, said best by law professor Wendy Murphy, is “Family Court judges can do whatever the hell they want.” And what they want, in way too many cases, it to entitle and empower fathers, regardless of the harm it causes women and children.
What is needed is not band-aid reforms like cameras, more training or more child abuse laws, but profound structural change: a new system that removes custody cases from Family Court.
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Cindy Dumas, M.A. has been researching, writing, and raising awareness about the Custody Crisis since 2003, when she was unable to protect her children from their abusive father. She fled into hiding when Family Court failed her and was tricked into returning home, when her children were given to their abusive father.