I am not a legal professional but during a visit to legal assistance through filing in room 350 which is located at the Van Nuys Courthouse East 6230 Sylmar Ave. Van Nuys, CA 91401, I experienced first hand how one bad apple can hurt the health of so many children. Since I have spent many days at this location and at similar locations due to external problems I am able to see and track first hand how people are treated and what efforts are made to keep children with their parents for their optimal health and development. Van Nuys Self-Help Legal Access Center Volunteer
It seems almost all of the people at this center are here for a serious purpose that they really believe in. They are highly trained, very smart, and helpful to anyone that is trying to file for court actions the right way. Unforgettably there are many people, mostly single mothers with children asking for additional money in line, that act inappropriate, leave their kids unsupervised climbing on windows or walls, and do not dress in a civilized manner even when visiting the courthouse. Of course there are other mothers there for the right reasons as well. There are also many others that act inappropriate for various situations and these volunteers are able to deal with it day in and day out while still helping those that are trying to file. Many volunteers are saving lives and improving the lives of our children daily by helping them spend time with both parents. I have heard California still a no fault state. Van Nuys Courthouse East 6230 Sylmar Ave. Van Nuys, CA 91401
This location is open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM but if you are there to help your child spend quality time with both parents (which includes making it easy for the father to see the child)I suggest showing up around 7:30 and signing in right away in room 350 organized. Most days I have witnessed people easily come in, be patient, and get the help they deserve but here is the ripoff: The Van Nuys Misdirection Ripoff
There is one lady working at the desk inside the location that looks to be overweight and of North American Mexican looking and sounding decent. I speak Spanish and English so it is fairly easy to pick out. At times she is the person in charge of telling where people to go after they have waiting, many hours in some cases, and if they should visit another room for help. She does speak poor English (with words like baby mama) and considerably educated Spanish but her accent is strong and hard for some other nationalities to understand (like some from the United States). After witnessing this for hours I started to take notes with details and times on what the person looked like when they came in, what language they wanted to speak, and how the "manager" responded. Van Nuys Courthouse Misdirection Spanish / English
Each time someone came in that spoke Spanish, was a female hiding a child, and acted appropriately she would direct them to the top legal assistant and make sure they received the additional help they needed. Speaking Spanish would almost always get you higher on the list and a faster appointment regardless of the situation. Anytime someone that looked white or was there with a person of another nationality, she would try to convince them that their needs (like parental abduction where a mother hides a child away from their father in so many cases) were not actually a crime and then try to send you to a different room to try to file on your own. 100s of people came through the center each day so there are plenty of notes on this ripoff which I hope to make available when I have more time.
Other concerns with this directional person are that they smack their fist on the desk and their hand while looking at people she did not like as a way of intimidation and expressing her emotions which is very harmful and stressful in a courthouse environment. She also would tell the Volunteers that they should only make copies of things in "Spanish and English" and more of the Spanish even through people visit these centers while speaking languages from all over the world including: English, Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, and Yiddish! This is a family court discrimination ripoff and many fathers and people doing the right thing will not stop until the discrimination has been resolved. Fathers and Mothers Near Van Nuys Courthouse
If you are a father, a mother seeking help for your child to spend quality time with both parents, or really anyone besides a Spanish speaking mother, and visiting the court house be sure to visit a few times on different days. There are other "managers" that do help and will point you to the right person. So many other staff are there for the right reasons and will do what it takes to get you filed right. Do not give up if the health of your child is at risk. This obvious manipulation of a healthy system through cultural misdirection next to people that care, this can be avoided, and do not give in to manipulation when you are there. You do have the right to see your child if you are the biological father and after watching many Judges in person, it is obvious they can see right through this and many other types of typical manipulation. Do it for the health of your family.
"The absence of a biological father increases a daughters vulnerability to rape and sexual abuse by 900%. (Often these assaults are committed by stepfathers or the boyfriends of custodial mothers)." ~CDC