Judge Forbids Kids’ Testimony; Excludes Evidence; Seals Record
“All my client is asking for is a fair trial based on facts.”
Attorney for Angelina
“Judge Ouderkirk denied Ms. Jolie a fair trial, improperly excluding her evidence relevant to the children’s health, safety, and welfare, evidence critical to making her case.”
From Angelina’s appeal, filed on Monday
Judge John Ouderkirk has removed primary custody from Angelina Jolie after sabotaging her case. The only thing remarkable about this is that it took 5 years for a Family Court judge to give a father what he wanted.
Judge Ouderkirk forbade all of Angelina’s six children from testifying, despite California law permitting them to testify. The children apparently wanted to give their reasons directly to the judge for wanting to continue living primarily with their mother.
Ouderkirk obviously didn’t want to hear anything that would make it harder to order equal parenting.
NEW EVIDENCE OF DV
Angelina reportedly filed a declaration in March that included proof of domestic violence not yet before the court. Ouderkirk appears to have disregarded that evidence.
Angelina filed an appeal on Monday, accused Ouderkirk of wrongly excluding evidence, as well as requesting his removal based on the judge having business interests with opposing counsel.
Even if Angelina wins her appeal, her case will likely be remanded back to the same judge, or another one, who will find another way to justify giving the father equal custody, or even sole custody, saying she is interfering with the father’s parenting.
Fathers’ rights activists push for equal parenting laws and policy saying that is what’s fair for fathers. However, societal consensus and legal doctrine support that the best interests of children should prevail, not what parents think is fair for themselves.
Research and experience support that it is in children’s best interest is to live primarily with their primary attachment figure after divorce, especially when parents don’t get along and children say that is what they want.
Of course, Ouderkirk sealed the record so we the public cannot see what kind of DV has been reported and by whom, and hence know how unfair his ruling may be.
This sealing of records, along with exclusion of evidence that doesn’t support the father’s position, are common tactics used by Family Court judges to facilitate switching custody. This is tantamount to a cover up.
MORAL OF THE STORY
The moral of this story is that even a mother as famous and wealthy as Angelina Jolie can be sabotaged in Family Court and, like all women, does not have the power to maintain primary custody or protect her children after divorce.
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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.