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Abuse Cases

Mother Accuses Ex-Husband of Child Abuse

Description

A mother was absolutely convinced that her ex-husband was sexually abusing her 5-year-old daughter. The child’s stories were meticulously detailed, and Child Protective Services suspended all contact between the girl and her father.

Result

A renowned psychologist examined the child at length and concluded no such thing ever happened.

Abusive Father

Description

A young mother of two boys fled her extremely violent and abusive boyfriend in Chicago. The boyfriend/father tracked the mother to Virginia and quickly filed in Chicago to get an order to return the children to him. We showed the court here and in Illinois that the Chicago order should be thrown out, since the father’s brutal and repeated battering of the mother forced her out of that jurisdiction in the first place. Virginia took over the case and granted mother custody and a protection order. 

Result

We got the father arrested for stalking, for which he spent 6 months in jail, and, since he was an immigrant, deported.

Wife on Visa Accuses Husband of Abuse to Stay in the Country

Description

A couple separated when husband learned of wife’s criminal misconduct. Wife, here on a spousal visa, calmly informed husband she was going to file a complaint against him for abuse, because that was the only way she could stay in the U.S. and get a permanent visa.

Result

The case was thrown out when we showed this evidence the prosecutor.

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Child Abduction Cases

5-Year-Old Abducted to Pakistan

Description

I retrieved a 5-year-old girl who had been abducted to Pakistan, even though Pakistan is not a signator to the Hague Convention, by utilizing the resources of our local courts, the FBI, Interpol, the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and numerous contacts in Pakistan. The Pakistani court, which conducts itself according to Muslim law, did not hesitate in recognizing my client’s Virginia custody order.

Result

The return of the girl was covered in all DC-area media.

Flight Risk Mother Allowed Visitation

Description

I warned a local court that a very alcoholic mother with a criminal record was planning to kidnap her daughter from dad, who had custody. The court did not think the evidence was credible and permitted the mother to have visitation. Within days the child and the mother were gone. We called on police departments in four states, plus the U.S. Marshals and the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and finally retrieved the child in Chicago. Mom spent a couple of years behind bars, but not before threatening the life of the judge, the child guardian, and me.

Result

The court graciously apologized for not getting the call right the first time.

Home for Christmas

Description

A 4-year-old boy was abducted by his crack-addicted mother with a violent felony record and was missing for 6 months. We received a tip that she was staying in a motel in Waldorf, Maryland, but we knew that the mother and her associates could move at any minute. I got an emergency warrant to detain the child from a Virginia judge on Christmas Eve, delivered it that night to Maryland State Troopers, and half-a-dozen cruisers surrounded the mother’s location.

Result

The boy was home for Christmas.

High Speed Chase in Iceland

Description

A young daughter was abducted from Florida by her mother’s family when mom died before dad (my client) was able to get there, and the child was whisked to Iceland. Although her whereabouts were concealed, we presented a Virginia custody order to local authorities and my client picked up the child from school. To prevent the kidnappers from obtaining a counter-order, my client drove his daughter straight to the airport. The kidnappers followed, a high-speed chase ensued, and my client’s car was forced off the road. Fortunately, no one was hurt and an extremely alert Icelandic police officer assessed the situation quickly and accurately, and escorted father and child to the airport.

Result

The case was front-page news in Iceland for days. I am not well-liked in that country.

Custody Cases

Hypocrite Father Attempts Custody Transfer

Description

A divorcee with custody of her children had a long-term boyfriend who often spent overnights at her home. The ex-husband filed to have custody transferred to him, claiming that the mother’s love life was morally harmful to the children. She had hired a very prominent firm which recommended she ditch her boyfriend and settle. I disagreed. We were able to prove that the father had regularly fornicated with multiple partners when the children were with him.

Result

The father dropped his custody petition.

Mother Attempts to Remove Father From Picture

Description

A father whose wife gave birth to a child by her lover finally won custody of his young children when we showed that the mother was flagrantly trying to impose her boyfriend on the kids as their new father figure. My client had spent thousands of dollars at a larger firm before bringing the case to me. That firm had recommended he settle for joint custody.

Result

Full custody for the father.

Father Attempts to Move Children Out of State

Description

A father with custody of two boys wanted to relocate out of state, and mother asked the court to keep the kids in Virginia. Dad said he had family with money out of state and a family-owned business and argued this would be best for the boys. But mom showed that she was integrally involved in the boys’ lives even as the non-custodial parent, and that relocating them would harm them emotionally, for they would essentially lose the maternal relationship.

Result

The judge agreed with her.

Mother Against Father Home-schooling Child

Description

Dad and his new wife were homeschooling a 10-year-old with behavioral disciplinary problems. The home schooling was obviously having a beneficial effect, but the boy’s mother claimed that he was being denied adequate “socialization.” Dad’s experts testified that there is no empirical evidence in any scientific literature that homeschooling has a negative impact on “socialization.” 

Result

Dad kept custody.

Gay Father Deemed More Fit Parent than Mother

Description

A gay father won physical custody of his son against the heterosexual mother, since he was deemed the more fit parent. The court did, however, order that dad could not cohabit with any other men as long as the son was living with him.

Result

The father won custody.

Father Refuses to Medicate Child

Description

The father repeatedly objected to administering Adderall and Ritalin to the child. The judge ruled that even the doctors who testified as to their reservations about these drugs and the risks that accompany them admitted that the medications are helpful in most cases.

Result

Mother won the right to make all medical decisions regarding her ADHD son.

Abusive Mom Attempts Reversing Child Custody Order

Description

Dad won custody of his four minor children in what the judge called the worst case of emotional and psychological abuse he had ever seen. Still, he allowed visitation. The mother promptly took advantage of it and refused to return the kids to dad, who lives out of state, trying to claim that the father was abusive to them. The court did not agree. Undaunted, mom went to dad’s state 24 hours later to peddle her abuse story and obtained an emergency protective order without dad’s knowledge. The police arrived

Result

The mother was ordered to pay the father more than $70,000 in attorney fees spanning a two-year period.

Mother Brings Child Shoplifting

Description

A young mother convicted of shoplifting with her toddler in tow lost custody of the little girl to the father. The mother tried repeatedly to bring abuse charges against him.

Result

The father won custody.

Grandparent Cases

Custody Battle Between Grandparents

Description

The mother of two young girls was murdered, leaving the father to assume custody. Dad and the mother’s extended family despised each other, and the maternal grandparents asked for visitation and a share of custody. At first, the court ruled for the grandparents, but the decision was appealed. Eventually, it was held that the sole surviving parent did indeed have unfettered discretion to determine with whom his daughters would associate. However, at this stage of the case, after almost two years of proceedings, the father pled guilty in criminal court to murdering the mother. The girls were now parentless and the case became a custody contest between two sets of grandparents.

Result

My clients, the paternal grandparents, won.

Property Cases

Ex-Wife Fails to Ask for Pension in Divorce

Description

The wife of a retired military officer who represented herself in court was denied a share of the marital portion of the husband’s pension because she did not ask for it when she filed her answer to the husband’s initial complaint for divorce.

Result

The ex- wife was denied pension.

Husband’s Poor Handywork Decreases Home Value

Description

An alcoholic husband and self-fancied handyman was so drunk whenever he tried to improve the marital home that he actually caused it to lose value.

Result

The wife was awarded 75 percent of the marital estate.

Battle Over Company Bonuses

Description

Even though a wife helped husband start his IT business in their living room and continued to help out with promotions and behind-the-scenes tasks after it was up and running, she was denied a share of a $50,000 bonus given to the husband by the purchasers of the business after it was sold.

Result

The judge said the bonus was not agreed to until after the parties separated and was not part of the purchase price.

Support Cases

Husband Escapes Alimony Payments

Description

A divorcing spouse who received $350,000 from an older male friend she described as a “godfather” to purchase a house had this amount imputed to her as income.

Result

This reduced the “guideline” amount the husband was to pay her for child support to zero.

Wealthy Husband Attempts Avoiding Alimony

Description

A divorcing spouse who received $350,000 from an older male friend she described as a “godfather” to purchase a house had this amount imputed to her as income.

Result

This reduced the “guideline” amount the husband was to pay her for child support to zero.