Racketeering in Family Court: The Profitable Underbelly of Divorce and Custody Battles

Fighting Organized Crime

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act [RICO] is a federal law enacted to combat organized crime and criminal enterprises in the United States.

RICO conspirators often offer a service to solve a nonexistent problem or a problem that would not exist without the racket.

The Connecticut Bar Association [CBA] is a professional association of attorneys in Connecticut. The “Family Law Section” [FLS] is a section within CBA that focuses on helping members make more money through family law.

Since Connecticut will issue a ‘no-fault’ divorce for free, without the involvement of lawyers, FLS’s job is to provide creative opportunities and education for family law attorneys to help their clients avoid the free path to divorce.

The FLS provides members with seminars, workshops, and conferences on how to increase conflict without being obvious, how to use existing laws to stoke conflict, and how to collaborate with their colleagues to ensure maximum profits.

Clash of Interest

FLS operates on the factual premise that the higher the conflict, the more the profit.

The FLS’s existence is based on promoting the legal fiction that the best interests of the client and their children is the goal of family law attorneys.

The best interest of the attorney is an adversarial fight-to-the-death divorce and custody battle – maximizing every legal and extralegal remedy to stoke fever-pitch anger, angst, fear and desperation, while pretending to be their client’s cool-headed true friend in need and advisor-savior.

A smooth voice with a black heart is the hallmark of the family law attorney.

To stoke destructive war between spouses, the opposing attorneys must enter tacit collaboration while pretending to fight the good fight. This is the strategy to ensure an escalating and profitable battle, while duping the client whose whole life is on the line into thinking war is inevitable and that one can win wars against someone they once vowed to love forever.

The best interest of the divorcing couple is usually a quiet resolution between parties that once professed love for one another and profess love for their children.

Another service FLS provides is to lobby for and against legislation that would hold them accountable for the destruction of families, which is the primary fruit of family law practice.

If a body of elders without financial or other incentives were to guide divorcing couples, they might provide the sound advice that a full-scale battle between spouses with attorneys on both sides billing by the hour is nothing more than the destruction of their quality of life, happiness of their children, and the transfer of a lifetime of savings from the couple to the attorneys and their associates.

The wise elder might says:

Even when a family law attorney pretends it is so bad that the opposing side is so contentious, he is benefiting from it. Behind the scenes, he may be stoking the battle.

The family law attorney does not need to beat his fellow professional over the head with the plan. A wink and a nod will suffice.

Everyone knows that the key to a payday is stoking a war between spouses.

Judge Play-along

The evidence of racketeering is in the lawyer/judge conspiracy to thwart state law §46b-56(b), which requires the active and consistent involvement of both parents in the lives of children.

  • (b) In making or modifying any order as provided in subsection (a) of this section, the rights and responsibilities of both parents shall be considered and the court shall enter orders accordingly that serve the best interests of the child and provide the child with the active and consistent involvement of both parents commensurate with their abilities and interests.

The legislature declared its will in plain, direct, and unambiguous terms. The phraseology of the law is ‘active and consistent.’

The standard judicial-fiat of no-contact orders isolating children from one parent defeats the law but produces profits for lawyers.

Denying visitation is beyond the family court’s jurisdiction, for in almost all judicial orders of no contact or supervised visitation, the state did not bring a claim of child protection.

Yet, judges routinely issue orders denying parents’ contact with their children based on paid actors’ reports to the court.

The law prohibits discretionary orders of child isolation. FLS and colluding judges hold no power to override the statute.

FLS’s conspiracy is seen in their lobbying efforts to keep the racket protected. It includes:


FLS opposes legislation removing immunity from lawyers, Attorneys for Minor Children (AMCs), and Guardians Ad Litem (GALs) involved in civil and family matters.

Supervised Visitation

FLS opposes legislation limiting the circumstances under which the court can order supervised visits between a parent and child.

FLS opposes limiting the period during which a judge may order supervised visits.

Immunity for Psychologists & Psychiatrists

FLS supports legislation that would confer quasi-judicial immunity to mental health professionals appointed by the court to perform forensic evaluations of the parties and their children in custody cases.

Family Court Evaluations

A court-ordered forensic custody evaluation is an assessment conducted by a paid mental health professional, usually dependent for their livelihood from recommendations from FLS members.

The evaluator is typically a psychologist or psychiatrist, and is retained ostensibly to determine the best custodial arrangements for a child during a divorce or custody dispute.

The overt goal of a forensic custody evaluation is to provide the court with an impartial and expert opinion on the child’s best interests and the most suitable custody and visitation arrangements.

During the evaluation process, the evaluator typically briefly interviews the parents, the child, and some individuals involved in the child’s life.

They may also conduct various psychological testing and selectively review documents.

Forensic custody evaluations are dangerous:

  1. Subjectivity and Bias: The evaluator’s conclusions may be influenced by finances, bias, belief, experiences, and orders of who should be favored from the recommending GAL or lawyers. If the custody evaluator wants her next recommendation she had better “find” what the lawyer who recommends her wants her to find.
  2. Custody evaluations lack scientific reliability, it is an opinion. The reports are interpretative. Yet because the custody evaluation report is based on maximizing profits for lawyers, the judges almost always rely on them solely to the exclusion of contradictory reports.
  3. Custody evaluators depend on recommendations from court actors for their livelihood and must deliver results that support the recommending actors’ and not the children’s best interests. This is an unspoken, but completely understood mutual agreement.
  4. Trauma to the Child: The evaluation often leads to a flip of custody where children leave their happy home and are barred from contact with their primary attachment figure. It is one of the most beastly crimes against humanity of modern times.
  5. Limited Understanding: Evaluators who spend just a few hours with the various members of the family cannot possibly understand the complexities of a family’s dynamics, cultural background, or unique circumstances. Even if they were honest actors, which almost none of them are, the hasty methods they employ lead to inappropriate recommendations, which somehow almost always financially benefit the lawyers and the GAL.
  6. Suffice it to say that anyone who agrees to a custody evaluation is either in on the fix or a damn execrable fool.

The custody evaluator sells children for the good will of family law attorneys who recommend her services. 

FLS opposes legislation that would:

Allow each parent to select their own custody evaluator in a child custody case.

Remove the child’s GAL from the list of persons who receive a copy of an evaluation report.

Permit copies of the custody evaluation report to go to the parents.

CT Courts do not allow parents to have a copy of the custody evaluation report that could steal their children from them and ruin the happiness of their children forever.

Opposes eliminating the requirement that parents keep the reports confidential.


FLS opposes any attempt to reduce or eliminate judicial discretion to issue custody or visitation orders.


The evidence of racketeering lies in lawyer invoices, court orders, and the defeat of statutes for the harm of children, enriching family court actors.

Let us next prepare a case with details, so that we can fulfill all the elements of racketeering.

The racketeering involves lawyers, GALs, custody evaluators, therapists and judges.

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  • The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them;
    but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
    for He knows their day is coming.

    The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy,
    to slay those whose ways are upright.
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    And the wicked will perish: Though the Lord’s enemies are like the flowers of the field,
    they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.

    • Whoever wrote that should be careful.

      The Connecticut State’s Attorney’s office is going to be all over that like white on rice – – or, whatever phrase is more politically correct this week. They aren’t allowed to catch real criminals, anymore. 🙁

  • … Oliver wants to give hope to the working class and your average hard working young man who may have lost hope in the grind of trying to get by …

  • It is terrible what is being done in the name of the law.

    My own children are being sexually abused. The lawyers and the judge knew about it. They just didn’t care. If the abuse would have been properly addressed, custody would never have been contested. Instead the abusive parent was given full custody.

    And I was completely cut out. I asked the judge to tell me why I could not contact my kids. He and the clerk spent several minutes on the computer, but could not provide a reason of any kind.

    The worst is that the DA of my county got involved after I complained. He filed charges against me without a crime. The goal was to quickly bring the matter to competency hearings. The DA knew about my kids. He also didn’t care.

    When I refused to undergo an “evaluation”, my former attorney had me repeatedly assaulted. The DA just looked the other way.

    I posted more info here, in case anyone is interested. https://copblaster.com/blast/59205/district-attorney-jeff-rosen-is-a-terrible-person

  • From our perspective as fathers working to understand the complexities of family court and navigating the legal system responsibly, the described situation within the Family Law Section (FLS) of the Connecticut Bar Association is concerning. It seems to indicate a potential misalignment between the needs of families, especially children, and the business interests of family law attorneys.

    While it’s essential to recognize that not all family law practitioners may operate in this manner, the details described here suggest a system that may incentivize conflict over resolution. Our goal, as dedicated fathers trying to be dads, should be to ensure the well-being of our children through a process that fosters communication, understanding, and the use of existing rules and laws.

    The text seems to propose a scenario where some family law practitioners may prioritize financial gains over what’s best for the family. If this is the case, it’s a matter of great concern and warrants careful consideration and potentially legal action.

    However, it’s essential to approach these allegations with caution and a commitment to understanding the nuances of each situation. Legal professionals, as well as parents, must work together to find solutions that protect the interests of the child and family, utilizing the existing legal framework without any inappropriate manipulation. Our focus must remain on education, understanding the legal processes, and acting within the boundaries of the law to advocate for the rights and well-being of our children.

    • Starts with the Finacial disclosures! Judges look at the balance sheet! they ask themselves on how to offset some of those assets to the court and its players. I saw once the judge asked the businessman if he had a business line of credit on top of everything else! Not only destroy the persons personal $ but now go after his business and employees! SAD! Wakeup non-believers! And remember no judge goes against the previous decisions!

    • “While it’s essential to recognize that not all family law practitioners may operate in this manner, the details described here suggest a system that may incentivize conflict over resolution.” Which details?

  • Sickening thing about these people is that they don’t HAVE to do what they do, as opposed to the poor bastard who loses his job, is down and out and then through desperation decides to commit a crime because he is at the end of his rope. These people in most instances have been afforded every advantage and yet chose to be scumbags instead because they are purely motivated by GREED! I’m talking about YOU, ATTORNEY RANDOLPH RICHARDSON! May you burn in HELL along with your client TRACY SIMMS and all these other BASTARDS!!!!!!

  • What family courts do to targeted parents is awful. How many other parents have had the same thoughts because the pain they suffer being away from their children. It’s an absolute shame that these poor children won’t have their parents around when they figure things out for themselves. It’s even more tragic that the world continues to turn a blind eye towards this corruption.

    • Parents in Connecticut gave the DOJ offices information about the family court corruption almost ten year ago.

      • Why would they do anything about it? There’s too much money to be made slime bag, attorneys, corrupt judges everybody’s in bed together lining each other’s pockets. Because they’re all afraid to speak up of being blackballed in their circles… that if they have a consciousness and any morals

  • This is an Epidemic in America, UK, Australia and Canada. The big four. It’s nothing more than CHILD TRAFFICKING and RACKETEERING! Parental Alienation is REAL and these judges, attorneys, law guardians etc are GUILTY of CRIMES against humanity! They are destroying families and abusing their authority case by case! Westchester County, NY is CORRUPT! Exposure is key, federal lawsuits and protesting to raise awareness of the JUDICIAL ABUSE!

    • It’s not hard to see that courts are harmful to the people entering them. There is little done to make peace. It’s a giant continues toss accusations festival. Till all your money is gone.

  • Which psychological, psychiatric, religious and philosophical notions informed Mr. O’Neill’s order to isolate those three teenagers from their mother, yesterday? The same two new notions surfacing everywhere in America today: Good is bad, bad is good.


    • Many people have been saying that for years. We need good people who aren’t traumatized from the corruption to collect data, organize it and present it to good people in authority who can help.

  • As long as the government keeps funding people to have kids and not be responsible then we will never have any good endings to society! responsibility is difficult! I know people that have 1 mil and assets and little income that get ebt monthly, husky insurance, oil/heat/electric subsidies! What a shame! If I invest in a marriage or business that is unsuccessful, I am supposed to be the responsible person and pay for it! In my case they will tell me I made poor decisions and now I have to live with the consequences. why cannot they enforce people to liquidate their hard assets to pay for their shortcomings!

    • So your answer is to remove children from unwed mothers to unwed fathers. Focus the welfare reform resources on only fathers? So women not on welfare divorcing should be removed from children’s lives for father’s to avoid child support and alimony? Stamp the mother as gatekeepers and alienators? The divorce industry to take all the family assets? Punishing everyone involved including the children for having to file for divorce? Forcing marriage and allowing abuse? Thanks for clearing up the agenda of welfare reform act and the political/legal system opinion on the matter. Time for new leadership in the land.

        • Not a misandrist. Don’t like misuse of the court or funding. Don’t like men who don’t see the value of women and mothers. Don’t like men who use abuse and disgard women. I don’t see that kind of man in a position light. You sound like one of those men. That’s why there are so little healthy marriage in the country. Cause men like you don’t value women.

          • If the goal of welfare reform is to promote healthy marriage and responsible parenting. Maybe education should be mandatory upon applying for a marriage license. Not during or after a divorce has been initiated. Maybe mandatory responsible parenting should go hand and hand with child support filings among unwed parents. Billions of dollars of funding after the fact. Responsible parenthood initiative.

      • I like to see to families made important and the dependency on welfare to those in need not to those that are asset rich and cash poor! I know people with 2 homes, owned outright, close to 1 mil in value all equity and claim they have to get Ct Husky and home heating support! I think those in real need or setbacks deserve better! Didnt the state of CT just recently announce that close to 85% of unemployment claims are fraud?

        • The answer is not fatherhood initiative. I’ve never collected a day of welfare. There misusing the funding as a weapon against mothers in family court.

  • The united states of America has the largest number of single parent households. Mostly single mothers. The billions of dollars and funding you are running through the united states to promote healthy marriage is an epic failure. Your courts are in shambles. Who’s going to get woke about the need for change? Your minus Mommy welfare reform act has lead the country into granting custody to pedophiles and abusers. Your lack of transparency, oversight and abuse of the financially driven system has further divided men and women. The need for parenthood initiative is glaringly obvious. The need to limit financial gain of the divorce and custody industry needs immediate attention.

    • It does look like good smart people need to knock it down and rebuild it the way it should have been from the beginning.

      Meyer Elkin expected his efforts in California Conciliation Courts would lead to be a peaceful not-for-profit court — not the AFCC monster of mandatory perverted monopolies that deceive children and parents to micro-manage families with fear for absolute control and massive profit.

      • Elkin knew exactly what he was doing. There is no place in a judicial system for any kind of business or “professional networking operation” or whatever face they’re using for their mafia front. Think! Sheesh.

        • He was a social worker in California wanting to help families in family courts there. What happened after that was organized greed and perversion.

        • … Interviewed at his home by David Kuroda February 27, 1992

          Meyer Elkin, a social worker with an MSW from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare, created the Conciliation Court in Los Angeles as a vehicle for the Court to provide mediation and counseling to families considering divorce. It became the prototype for other conciliation court programs elsewhere in the United States.

          David Kuroda, with an MSW from the School of Social Work, University of Southern California, succeeded Meyer Elkin in directing the Conciliation Court in Los Angeles.

          ELKIN: Dave, what we’re talking about right now are kind of a warm-up for me. It’s like a prelude to – what do you call it? – an introduction to a symphony – I mean, an opera where the music plays a lot and the singers do less screaming (laughter). Anyway, this is a warm-up. What I have prepared for you is just a few of the articles I’ve written, and I’ll try to Xerox as many as I can, since this is an archive, so anybody interested will have something to read.

          KURODA: This by the way will be deposited at the School of Social Work Library at USC.

          ELKIN: Good.

          KURODA: We’ll take good care of all this material. The hope is that this material as well as the interview are available for people years from now who will want to understand what happened in this area in social work.

          ELKIN: Are we dealing primarily with – is the focus social work or the Conciliation Court movement? The two are inter-related, as far as I’m concerned …



    • Katherine,

      Has anyone collected the data to find which states are the worst in specific categories…

      and which states are the best?

      • it is so wide spread in fact it is national and international there is a website called http://www.uglyjudge.com that is a data base being built I have been at this since 2012 when cps removed my infant grandson from the hospital when I was inline to raise and support him for his entire life parents were sick homeless on drugs they told the hospital that they were leaving him to me his maternal grandmother on facebook there are over a thousand groups pages etc., the problem is the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ that the state/county receives in Title Iv e and d funds from our very own SSA trust fund it is Rico for sure they kidnap the child on false pretenses and get jurisdiction from the court the federal funds kick in. I is very deep and dark as Asfa was written in via the Clintons and it takes a VILLAGE no it is pure Evil and I am willing to help anyone try to stop this our legislators will not listen to us either.

  • I know you have a lot going on, so as a parent suffering the corruption at unbelievable levels, I appreciate you using your platform to contribute to real journalism. The kind meant to point out societal problems that need fixed by provoking thought

      • The national corporate news outlets have ignored the family court crisis for decades. Did they ignore the family court crisis for decades on purpose?

        • Because there are political people attached to it. There is way more to the family court problems. It beyond the court house.

  • Happens in many other neighboring states too. Just bring CT down, then start with other states nearby. NY, NJ…. and then you’ll save thousands of kids.

  • Mr. Adelman wrote on page 34 of his 40-page Official Hogwash dated April 26, 2022, “C. The defendant was defaulted for failing to appear for trial and failing to prosecute her claims …”

    1. Mr. Adelman never heard Karen’s case.
    2. Mr. Adelman proceeded from there.
    3. So did Mr. Moukawsher.
    4. If Mr. O’Neill considers Mr. Adelman’s Official Hogwash as “fact” instead of the fraud upon the court that it is, Mr. Cuda will stack more lies on top of all the others in that case — and on top of all cases spawned from that one case.

    Then, Mr. Cuda, DV Expert Extraordinaire, will expect everyone (from now on, since he will have set case precedent) to think of communication between protective mothers and the children those mothers protect as “stalking”.


    • Early in my case in CT judge wackadoodle wetstone decided that I missed a hearing, but what she was talking about was one of the several sneaky attempts at ex parte emergency bullshit in chambers. I was even in the courthouse because my atty got wind of it and called me to get there immediately. That particular attempt never saw the light of day, it was quashed in chambers while I was sitting out in the hallway. For the rest of the case, however, I was chastised for failing to show up to a hearing that never happened. I never failed to appear in court for the 3 years it dragged on, I was never even late. Ever. But it went on the record that I’m a fuck up for missing a hearing that never occurred. And there is nothing you can do to correct the record once they start that shit, but they’ll beat you with their lie every hearing forevermore.

      • So many of these moms go to family courts thinking they and their children will receive help and protection in the same way Nazi captives thought they were walking to the showers.

        These mothers eventually find sinister “family court” networks set firmly in place — many since the 1980s with help from state offices — that increase the stress mothers and children feel, other to the point of PTSD.

        The most sinister judges, lawyers and evaluators then feed on that stress for more billable hours. The most sinister judges, lawyers and evaluators don’t care how much harm they do to children and families — and some clearly enjoy inflicting pain on mothers and children.

        Where is the oversight? The general public has no idea this has been happening for forty years because mainstream media outlets have been complicit in the harm done.

        It is up to state offices to investigate. Where is the governor’s office? Where is the state AG?

        • We need to protest outside of news organizations, not courthouses. Courthouses won’t change without media attention. So, the lack of media oversite is the obstacle.

          • Given the depth, scope, long history of corruption in family courts and the fact that the general public has no idea any of this is happening, this solution makes the most sense.

      • This is exactly what is happening. These judges want to do everything behind close doors. They allow misinformation on court records. They don’t want information on the record. Never sit in the hallway. There is something really really wrong with a judge who would get pissed off about you being in the court. Judges are responsible for what is happening in the court room. They don’t want to be held accountable. There needs to be a recording in every hearing. These emergency hearings are being abused with hearsay. Judges are not stepping up to put a stop to it. Everything needs to be recorded. Cameras in the court.

  • I don’t think it’s racketeering. We have to make a living. If you want to defeat your wife or husband we provide the service.

    Are you saying vengeance has no value?

  • Denied in family court twice. The teenagers have attorneys.

    … and Mr. Cuda’s allowed to bypass family court and juvenile court and try something new?

    “Fairfield Judicial District
    1061 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT, 06604 (203) 579-6527 Fax: (203) 382-8406
    E-mail address to send applications for temporary restraining orders (family) or civil orders of protection: TRO-CPO.Bridgeport@jud.ct.gov


    • Judge shopping 🛒. Attorney Cuda knows his way around the court houses. There could have been a promis of a favor of this guy was put on the bench. Nothing in the state happens by accident. Why the hell would they put a judge who doesn’t know about family court on this case. If it comes back to haunt, gee he’s human and made an error.

      • I hope the good people working in courthouses can somehow shame the sociopaths and force them to leave family law. It would need to be a group effort.

  • Gloves 🧤 are coming off. The people of Connecticut want to have their state run for the people by the people. The state and its family court is being run for the politicians and the Connecticut bar card holders. Bring law and order to the family courts.

  • “The Connecticut Bar Association [CBA] is a professional association of attorneys in Connecticut. The “Family Law Section” [FLS] is a section within CBA that focuses on helping members make more money through family law.“

    Attorney Alexander Cuda, Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Family Law Section, has involved himself in Family Court cases of domestic violence and abuse for the past few years. He even got a Purple Ribbon Award from the Greenwich YWCA’s Center for Domestic Abuse Services — and he also knows how to flip a script.


  • Who allows Mr. Cuda of The Family Law Section [FLS] of the Connecticut Bar Association [CBA] to spin the law as he pleases? Are the people of the state so profane that certain lawyers and judges are above the law?

    Judge Rodriguez already denied Mr. Ambrose’s motions. Why is Mr. O’Neill now hearing those same motions again? Is it because he is a new judge and he simply doesn’t know any better?

    “Ambrose also sought the arrest of his teenage children, seeking the court to order Madison police to break down the doors of Riordan’s house, enter the house, armed and prepared to subdue the teens, handcuff and shackle them, and force them to return to his home …

    The case was transferred to Judge Gladys Idelis Nieves in the same courthouse in Bridgeport. https://frankreport.com/2023/07/21/the-kids-are-alright-judge-refuses-to-arrest-teens-or-mom-ambrose-fumes-in-court-arrest-her-and-im-not-a-pedophile/

    Ambrose’s attorney, Chris Goulden, after consulting with his client, told the judge they only had one motion they urgently needed – the immediate arrest of Riordan.

    They were willing to drop the other motions if they could just have Riordan trundled off in cuffs on the spot.

    Judge Nieves said she would hear his motion to arrest the mother but she was not going to force the teenagers to go to Ambrose.”

    Was Judge Nieves not in some coveted inner circle that knows far more than she knows? Today, Mr. Cuda returns to the Bridgeport Courthouse to speak with Mr. O’Neill again, as he did on Friday. The public didn’t receive notice of the hearing on Friday. The public received no notice of the hearing today.

    This morning, the state Judicial Branch website shows only:

    “636.00 08/04/2023 D MOTION TO DISMISS PB 10-30 This motion, document or order was filed 3 days ago.
    Motion to Dismiss/Response to Ex-Parte PPA for TRO’s

    Scheduled Court Dates as of 08/04/2023
    # Date Time Event Description Status
    No Events Scheduled“

    According to those in full control of Connecticut Family Courts, no events are scheduled for today.


    By the way, Attorney Steve Stafstrom of Pullman and Comley, who is supposed to serve all people of Connecticut as the House Chair of the Judiciary and Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committees, must be clairvoyant.

    On April 21, 2023, Attorney Stafstrom actually predicted exactly what would happen last Friday and this Monday. In that Judiciary Committee public hearing and meeting, he spoke with Attorney O’Neill, partner at Day Pitney LLP. Mr. O’Neill was there to tell the committee why they should allow him to be a judge.

    The conversation went from a few softball questions from Rep. Tom O’Dea (who was honest enough to reveal his conflicts of interest in the matter) to a discussion of how boring being a judge can sometimes be.

    At the 3:15:51 minute mark of the CT-N video, you too can witness Rep. Stafstrom’s amazing gift of clairvoyance – – or prophecy, maybe. Attorney Stafstrom demonstrates a hypothetical eerily similar to what’s actually happening today! The only thing that’s lacking in Mr. Stafstrom’s vision is Attorney Alexander Cuda, Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Family Law Section, who promoted the idea of “coercive control” as a catch-all phrase to use it against Karen Riordan on Friday and today in a private Bridgeport courtroom today.

    Attorney Stafstrom says, “ … Okay. Great. You know, I had this you know, successful litigation practice. I’m going to go on the bench. I’m going to be – – I’m going to have a complex litigation docket in Hartford or Stamford or something like that. Next thing you know, they end up in the Juvenile Court in Bridgeport or they end up in a family docket in Tolland. Um, and they say – – I’ve heard it from judges before, from colleagues of mine who, you know, like us, have civil litigation practices at larger firms and then go on the bench and say, “What was I thinking?” Um, you know. “Why did I do this?” Now I’m in some criminal docket some place or some family docket. So I guess the follow-up question to sort of the 9-5 is sort of the “Why?” Question.

    For another special event on April 27, 2023, Judiciary Committee Chair Stafstrom wears his checkerboard tie. He’s especially intense and deliberate in his speech when he introduces Mr. O’Neill for the votes at 43:57 saying, “Next, I’ll entertain …” https://www.ct-n.com/ctnplayer.asp?odID=21738

    Representatives are called representatives for a reason.

    Mr. Stafstrom isn’t interesting in anything but social climbing and political influence.

    All elected officials who control people of any state or nation with secrets and private associations are the most dangerous kind of elected officials.

    Family courts that control parents and children with hidden religions and secret philosophies are the most dangerous family courts.

    Paul, it’s words on his pages were to draw attention to that secret family court circus.

    It’s time for the people of the state of Connecticut to hear the truth about the state’s “family courts”, Mr. Lamont’s public schools and the health department’s plans for more injections — with no religious exemptions allowed.

    • Mr. Stafstrom: “… I’ve heard it from judges before, from colleagues of mine who, you know, like us, have civil litigation practices at larger firms …”

      Representative Stafstrom work for Pullman and Comley.

      Mr. Holzberg, who tried to take down the Catholic Church in the Bridgeport Diocese, works there too. Ms. Munro also started working there after she “retired” from the bench after the Connecticut Judicial Ethics Committee decided it’s unethical for AFCC Inc. “members” to make a profit in the state by tossing cases to and from each other for a profit with judicial authority and judicial immunity.

      Does Mr. Stafstrom know judges have gone to jail for that same kind of thing in cases like Pennsylvania — where they use grand juries?

      Wikipedia: “Ciavarella disposed thousands of children to extended stays in youth centers for offenses as trivial as mocking an assistant principal on Myspace or trespassing in a vacant building. After a judge rejected an initial plea agreement in 2009, a federal grand jury returned a 48-count indictment. In 2010, Conahan pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy and was sentenced to 17.5 years in federal prison. Ciavarella opted to go to trial the following year. He was convicted on 12 of 39 counts and sentenced to 28 years in federal prison.“

  • Finally ! An article that illustrates the truth about the American Family Court System. The NY Court, especially in Westchester County, runs very similar to CT. I am a teacher, my ex is “disabled” and collecting disability. I was completely financially gang raped by the system . He wanted to hurt me and he did. My divorce cost over $200,000 and counting. It decimated all my savings, pension and any hope I had for home ownership. I was forced to move in with my parents. I have officially become an indentured servant to my ex – who demanded spousal support. After I pay him, I am left to live on $2,500 per month, which is not a livable salary in Westchester with a child. What was my crime ? I fell out of love. I lost all respect for him. Did I deserve to be treated worse than a pedophile in the court system? I thought the system would protect me and my child – it did not.

    The money doesn’t even matter – I’d rather be poor than stay with a loser. But the true crime – the criminal element is what our child had to endure. These judges and attorneys – even the attorney for our child – have no education and no training at all on how this affects our most special commodity – our children. Knowing the law doesn’t make you an expert on child mental health! Even our child’s lawyer looked the other way. I won’t say publicly what our child is enduring thanks to the corrupt court system.

    This is legalized terror inflicted on law abiding citizens and, more importantly, on our children. I am so grateful your articles are bringing this to light. It gives me hope that someday these criminals (divorce attorneys) will start thinking about the children and not their wallets.

    These divorce attorneys are legally allowed to inflict terror and strip us of our 14th Amendment rights.

    They need to be held accountable.

    We are all grateful for your continued reporting on this issue.

    Thank you!

  • That’s the scene “Connecticut AFCC Inc.” entered in that preposterously profitable play. says:

    “Since Connecticut will issue a ‘no-fault’ divorce for free, without the involvement of lawyers, FLS’s job is to provide creative opportunities and education for family law attorneys to help their clients avoid the free path to divorce.

    The FLS provides members with seminars, workshops, and conferences on how to increase conflict without being obvious, how to use existing laws to stoke conflict, and how to collaborate with their colleagues to ensure maximum profits.”

  • Another great article, Mr. Parlato. I believe your incredible reporting has drawn a large audience, maybe across the world, to the criminality of the Connecticut Family Court system and probably Family Court systems across the country. As with NXIVM, evil cannot be hidden any longer. The corrupt Judges, Attorneys, Custody Evaluators and GALs can no longer hide their actions and I predict they will all scatter like rats on a sinking ship as the truth of your reporting will expose each of them. Thank you so much for continuing to work to help suffering children and so many parents who have been victims of the absolutely evil enterprise called the Connecticut Family Court.

  • I just wish that a completely unannounced secret task force, on the same scale as one sees happening for major drug busts, would come down on “every” Actor involved in the Maricopa County AZ Family Court system of arresting all the Actors at once, with the FBI confiscating all of the Actors office computers at once, obtaining all Actors banking records while all Actors under arrest, etc etc. The task force would then consist of RICO experts combing all records and putting together a very blatant picture of conspiracy to commit inhuman use of children for monetary gain. This same action should be applied not in AZ but also in CT and many many other states as well. The outcome would be like dropping the A-Bomb on Japan.

    • “… NCJ Number 98054
      J Pearson;
      N Thoennes
      Date Published 1984
      Length 810 pages

      This report contains 12 papers describing findings of the Divorce Mediation Research Project, a 3-year project involving surveys of operating services throughout the United States and indepth studies of 3 public-sector mediation services: the Los Angeles Conciliation Court of the Los Angeles👀 Superior Court, the Custody Resolution Counseling Program of Hennepin County Court (Minnesota)👀and the Family Division of the Connecticut👀 Superior Court. …”


      “ … A variety of methods were used to gather data and construct the research data base — survey and mail questionnaires, observation, interviews with court staff, clients, and their families, audiotaping of sessions, and followup surveys and studies of court records. Comparisons were also made with cases in six Colorado courts not offering court-based mediation and with non-contested custody cases in Denver. The papers discuss the findings. The first reviews the literature on alternatives to court adjudication, concluding that many proponents of mediation have oversold it as an alternative. The second discusses four issues to address before implementing divorce mediation in the public sector: the government’s role in mediation services; the legal authority for mediation services; the service structure that maximizes administrative and cost efficiencies; and the specific procedures governing the process. Additional papers describe mediation services in the public and private sectors, custody mediation at three study sites and client reactions to the programs, and children’s adjustment to divorce. Also examined is the mediation process analysis, a descriptive coding system for predicting the outcomes of divorce mediation. Overall, findings show that settlement rates fluctuate around 50 percent and that all three formats studied are viable as measured by their ability to mediate agreements and to satisfy professional staff and clients, even those clients who do not settle. Mediation is preferred over evaluations do not settle. Mediation is preferred over evaluations and court hearings as a method of resolving disputes over custody and visitation. Appendixes contain study instruments and list publications, papers, and presentations of the Divorce Mediation Research Project. Approximately 250 references, 25 figures, and 100 tables are included. For individual papers, see NCJ 98055-98066. …”

      Pedophilia “is a widespread and accepted practice among literally billions of people.”

      Gardner, R.A. (1986). Child Custody Litigation: A Guide for Parents and Mental Health Professionals . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics, (p. 93).

      Children are naturally sexual and may initiate sexual encounters by “seducing” the adult .

      Gardner, R.A. (1986). Child Custody Litigation: A Guide for Parents and Mental Health Professionals. Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics (p. 93).

      The vast majority (“probably over 95%”) of all sex abuse allegations are valid.

      Gardner, R.A. (1991). Sex Abuse Hysteria: Salem Witch Trials Revisited . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics (pp. 7, 140).

      “It is because our society overreacts to it [pedophilia] that children suffer.”

      Gardner, R.A. (1992). True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (pp. 594-5).

      Special care should be taken not alienate the child from the molesting parent. The removal of a pedophilic parent from the home “should only be seriously considered after all attempts at treatment of the pedophilia and rapprochement with the family have proven futile.”

      Gardner, R.A. (1992). True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics.(p. 537).

      “In such discussions the child has to be helped to appreciate that we have in our society an exaggeratedly punitive and moralistic attitude about adult-child sexual encounters”

      Gardner, R.A. (1992). True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics.(p. 572).

      “If the mother has reacted to the abuse in a hysterical fashion, or used it as an excuse for a campaign of denigration of the father, then the therapist does well to try and “sober her up”…. Her hysterics … will contribute to the child’s feeling that a heinous crime has been committed and will thereby lessen the likelihood of any kind of rapproachment with the father. One has to do everything possible to help her put the “crime” in proper perspective. She has to be helped to appreciate that in most societies in the history of the world, such behavior was ubiquitous [i.e., everywhere], and this is still the case.”

      Gardner, R.A. (1992). True and False Accusations of Child Sex Abuse . Cresskill, NJ: Creative Therapeutics. (pp. 576-7).

      Is Karen still reacting in a hysterical fashion?
      Hasn’t her therapist sobered her up, yet?
      She has to be helped to appreciate that in most societies in the history of the world, such behavior was ubiquitous.
      Alfred Kinsey’s Nazi experiments and data prove that fact.
      Trust the science.

      • Hmmm.

        California. Minnesota. Connecticut.

        What other experiments were happening in California, Minnesota and Connecticut in the 1970s and 80s?

      • The current and 25th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services: “argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic religious order, should be required to provide birth control services under the Affordable Care Act.”

        The current and 17th Assistant Secretary for Health is male — and Americans can be censored for noticing.


      • “Chapter 5 American Men: Eliminating Fathers …

        Chapter 6 American Women: Eliminating Mothers …

        It was in this atmosphere that Muller began his work, in September 1932, at the Kaiser Wilhelm Brain Research Institute in Berlin. The Institute was comprised of many separate research centers. The Brain Institute had been deeply involved in “new biology” research on heredity and the human brain for years prior to Hitler. It continued its work with approval of the Nazi government after Hitler ascended to power on January 30, 1933 (four-months after Muller’s arrival). Since the early 1920s, the Rockefeller Foundation had helped to fund and maintain the Institute …

        On February 4, 1933, when Hitler formally assumed power, Muller wrote to Henry Allen Moe, Secretary of The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in New York, seeking a “fellowship renewal.” Muller explained that he had been working on “the artificial production of mutations … visiting other [Nazi] investigators, planning new experiments …

        Dr. Ernst Rudin and several other Nazi doctors founded “the Society for Racial Hygiene… to further the cause of human racial improvement.” In 1933, Rudin was not researching fruit flies because, shortly thereafter, he put into place the extermination procedures for hereditarily undesirable Germans. This policy later enabled the harvesting of live “fresh” brains of adults and children for careful laboratory study …

        Individually, the members of this elitist scientific network operated as a law unto themselves. They still do. They believe themselves above others. In this they share a unified world view, a belief in their imperial right to all of the earth’s human and natural resources, including children, and a hatred of any counterforce that would attempt to restrict their ambitions, power or control…“


      • RE: “What other experiments were happening in California, Minnesota and Connecticut in the 1970s and 80s?” During the 1950/60’s the CIA funded MK Ultra behavioral research at the University of Minnesota. It was revealed 10 different experiments were conducted, including experiments involving hypnotism, susceptibility to hypnotism and experimentation with LSD. Most of the files documenting these experiments were destroyed.

        I would argue that reunification therapy/deprogramming/Bridging/threat therapy etc used in family court on child victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse are forms of therapy based on MK Ultra mind control techniques. The purpose of reunification therapy is to “reunite” the child with the perpetrator of abuse, and re-establish a relationship. Reunification therapy is are behavior modification programs that is known to cause amnesia, dramatic personality changes, and create further trauma in children.

        Reunification therapy is flawed from it’s inception because it operates from the false assumption that reports of domestic violence, child abuse and child sexual abuse made in the family court setting are to be viewed as suspicious, not credible and treats reporters like criminals rather than offering help. A strong component of reunification therapy,which was promoted by raunchy Richard Gardner, is that a parent who resists must be subject to “strong” court action. Which could be financial sanctions, jail, loss of custody or even being committed to a mental hospital.Once the protective parent is removed, the “therapy” aka mind control can begin.

        Reunification Therapy works like MK Ultra in that it inflicts repeated trauma to create a split or break in the mind. This process may be called “densitization” and also is part of “resist and refuse” techniques. Trauma happens in events big and small – taking a child from their protective parent, forcing a child to hug a perpetrator or tell the therapist what they “love” about that parent, putting a child in juvenile detention or a mental hospital if they refuse to comply, medicating a child, calling a child a liar if they disclose abuse, not respecting child’s wishes or boundaries, etc To protect itself from harm the brain will split or wall off the traumatic event, dissociation will occur and the mind can be programmed or trained to adopt a new personality,form false memories, learn new behaviors, form specific tasks,etc. All the while the child is unaware of what is happening or why.

        And as far as that satanic statue at the top of the article – a leading psychologist who once worked for the Hennepin County family court to facilitate reunification got her start working on a well known 1980’s “satanic panic” case in rural Minnesota. She was found to have acted with incompetence in the case. The case was so mishandled by the system that the Atty General declared it is impossible to know who is guilty or innocent, or basically the truth will never be known. Same psychologist
        resumed private practice, and went on to falsely accuse a fellow professional of abusing a child client. AFTER all this happened, Hennepin County decided it would be great to hire her to work with the vulnerable families in their court. The psychologist retired after her role in a controversial custody case involving PAS allegations made the news. She now works in private practice.

        Point is – unethical therapy methods based on dubious research, corrupt professionals and MK Ultra techniques are now integrated into mainstream interventions and practices of the family court; while raking in big money for court professionals.

      • Until juries are in place for family court cases, live cameras must monitor those courtrooms so the public can provide much-needed oversight and accountability.

About the Author

Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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