Family Court ordered psychiatric assessments
$6,000 - $35,000 for "assessment"
Psychiatry damages society and individuals by financially
bankrupting families with court ordered junk science psychiatric assessments
in child custody and divorce cases.
- Mothers in child custody disputes will get their lawyer to
ask the court for a family "assessment" by a
"Psychologist". This takes 30-100 hours at $200-500 per hour,
and costs the family up to $35,000. All the while mothers have custody of
the kids, fathers pay for it and pop psychologists get rich! Men do it
too, but it is rare for obvious reasons.
- There are no clear well defined measurements that a
Psychiatrist, Psychologist or social worker uses to determine if you are
sane or a good parent. It is purely subjective and prone to a wide range
of influences including personal bias, if the Psychologist is a friend of
the lawyer and how quickly the dad pays up the money.
- An entire industry has been created because judges are now
routinely granting these psychiatric assessments in child custody and
- The Psychiatry industry cannot believe its good fortune in
being welcomed, for the first time in their short history, into the
mainstream of respect, credibility and power. Of course this is a huge
mistake and families not only pay in cash, but in the destruction of their
family lives at the hands of these psychiatric assessments.
A. A stalling technique and defensive tactic used by parents:
- Both husbands and wives use this evil tactic of making
false charges in court to gain an advantage of the other in custody cases.
- However, there are so many documented cases of mothers
falsely charging their former husbands of physical and sexual abuse of
them and the children, it has become an epidemic. It is also evil. It is
breaking the ten commandments that say: "Thou shalt not bear false
witness." But since so many people have stopped going to church, they
have no moral values any more and likely have never heard of the "Ten
- One case involved a woman who admitted to making false
allegations for the specific purpose of gaining sole custody of the
children to the judge. Apart from a few sharp words from the judge, she
did not pay for this crime. In fact her case is being used as a model for
other mothers to follow, now that they know they can falsely charge their husbands
with sexual abuse of the children, get immediate sole custody, without
- Since assessments take 30-40 hours, they take 30 - 40
weeks, if you meet with the "assessor" only one hour a week!
During this time the status quo is not changed until the assessment is
submitted to the court.
B. Costs of an "assessment":
- Once charges have been made, parents or individuals are
ordered to have a psychiatric assessment.
- The cost of this assessment is paid by the parents.
Sometimes the government will pay for the assessment under some
circumstances and in come jurisdictions.
- These "assessments" cost between $6,000 -
$35,000. They take 30-40 hours at $200-$500 per hour, depending on the
person doing the assessment.
- Although it is against the law, there seems to evidence in
a few cases of a buddy referral system between lawyers and certain
"court certified assessors". Generally this can be overcome when
both parties take an active role in choosing the person doing the
assessment. Abuses are rare under these circumstances. However, abuses can
happen (not that they always do) when parents rely entirely on the advice
of their own lawyers. Remember, all the lawyers know each other on a
personal basis in most towns. Take the initiative to search out an
assessor you feel will do a good impartial job.
- There is also evidence that in some cases, the cost of
this assessment can be tied somewhat to the income level of the parents
paying for the assessment. For example, if a lawyer can see that a couple
who come to him for a divorce have no money, he will settle the case
sooner and cheaper, than if the parents have high incomes. The same seems
to be true to some degree, with "court certified assessors" who
milk wealthy parents of more money than poorer, for the same type of case.
This may be rare, but parents need to realize that there are a few corrupt
lawyers that might take advantage of you.
C. "Assessments" are subjective without a scientific
- Of course the biggest problem with these psychiatric
assessments is that there are no measurable scientific standards by with
to determine if a family is sane or mentally ill, normal or dysfunctional.
It all comes down to a single person making a value judgement on your
life, based upon his own frame of reference and bias in life.
- There are many examples of "assessments" that
are introduced into court, that are so bad, that even the judge throws it
out as worthless "junk pop-science".
- "officially authenticated diagnoses regularly
function as evidence in legal proceedings of all kinds, and their medical
validity is rarely if ever questioned." (Psychiatry:
The Science of Lies, Thomas Szasz, 2008 AD, p 5)
- These assessments are where a person sits and talks with
you (or you and your spouse) for 30 hours and "gets a feel" for
your mental stability, ability to raise children, function in life's
general activities and then gives his opinion.
- Often these assessments are not even performed by people
with formal training in psychiatry. (Not that that would make them any
better) They merely have a general arts degree in sociology or maybe a
"certificate" from a two week course in counseling.
- The bottom line is, "assessments" based upon a
pseudo social science that is every changing and shifting its values.
- "Assessments" can be used as a stalling and
delaying tactic in child custody and divorce settlement cases.
- They cost the family $6,000-35,000. This alone is enough
to bankrupt many families.
- At 30-40 hours, they take 30 - 40 weeks, if you meet with
the "assessor" only one hour a week.
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