Report: #310946

Complaint Review: Ionia County Friend Of The Court

  • Submitted: Thu, February 21, 2008
  • Updated: Fri, January 11, 2013
  • Reported By: Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Ionia County Friend Of The Court
    110 E Washington ST Po Box 47
    Ionia, Michigan

Ionia County Friend Of The Court Biased to me and my now older children also involved with friend of court system Ionia Michigan

*Consumer Comment: Friend of the Court Is Enemy to Families

*General Comment: Ionia friend of the court bs....

*Consumer Comment: Susan Hoselth (Ionia county friend of the court) What is her priority?

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My story goes back to 1996 when my wife left me for another woman. At the time we had one grown and three younger children still living at home. I knew nothing about the friend of the court system until I filed for divorce. When we first met at the friend of the court Mary Wilson the friend of the court facilitator bent over back words to describe to my soon to be ex what she needed to do in reporting to the foc office. At first I had custody of the children and was alloted about $60.00 a week for support. My ex came back I believe before our divorce was final and sought custody of my children. My older son decided he wanted to live with me but was still in school. My younger daughter and son I was told after talking to the judge--both supposedly wanted to go live with their mother and that I should do what was right and go by the wishes of my two younger children. The day my ex and I meet regarding her seeking custody--Mary Wilson the foc facilitator inferred I wasn't a good parent--they had actually bought one of the school teachers into the situation claiming I was not a good parent. Before this the school had contacted me and wanted to meet with me claiming my younger son was having they felt behavioral problems in school and it was effecting his learning. I told them that if the teacher did their job and took time with him he wouldnt have any learning problems. The teacher had made the comment that she had 24 children in her class and didn't have the time to take out for each child individually. To make it short, at this meeting with Mary Wilson over my ex getting custody of our two youngest children this is what was used against me she in fact that very day stamped the judges signature to a court order--ordering that my ex get custody of our two youngest children that very day before the judge even heard the so called issues. My wife got the custody of my two youngest children and even though my older son still going to school and living with me at home my ex got to the tune of about $146.00 a week for support. I then petitioned to get this lower since I still had my older son living with me and still going to school. This was denied because my son wasnt attending an accredit school they claim. The school was adult ed which in fact was an accredited school and my son eventually graduated but I was denied getting the support lowered and in fact the judge ruled an extra $5.00 a week on top of that because my son who resided with me went over to his moms two nights a week and stayed to help get my younger children off to class. My daughter got pregnant before she was 16 dropped out of school. The week after my daughter got married--yes she married the father--my ex and my daughter took the marriage certificate down to the Ionia foc but they refused to acknowledge it claiming since I was the payee I had to report that my self before they dropped her support. Since then I have been paying $62.00 a week for my one son left in school. At one time the Ionia foc office sent me a show cause letter asking why I quit paying support even though my employer kept taking it out and mailing it in all along. I contacted my human resources and had them get copies of the checks that was mailed to the Ionia foc for the previous months. The copies showed the checks sent to the foc were cashed around two days after they were sent--and deposited into a local bank in Ionia. I took copies of these checks and wrote a letter and contacted the judge about it--and it was dropped--I also gave copies to my ex. I was referred to as a loser by the Ionia Friend of the Court as a dead beat. Lately I have been watching my two older sons go through the same nightmares. My one son recently spent one week in jail for non payment of child support because he was currently unemployed and was charged a rental rate each day he was in the jail on top of his child support. My other son currently has a bench warrent out for non payment even though his separation started in Florida and his child still lives there with their ex mom. He has tried calling to talk to his child on severl occasions and the mothers phone number was changed etc. He had been accused of being an abusive father and husband by his ex even though he was not. He worked and made more money at the time than she did. He found out the friend of the court in Ionia collecting for foc in Florida that his taxes from last year have already been taken--and that he needs to cough up $2,600.00 more or the bench warrant still stands. The $710.00 from his federal taxes made no difference and when he has confronted the Ionia Friend of the Court office about his lack of visitation it was brushed under the rug. I want to let everyone know that there is a Ms Carol Rhodes in Michigan who wrote a book entitled Friend of the Court Enemy of the Family where she exposes the corrupt Friend of the Court system in Michigan. You can watch a video of one of her speechs in Washington DC on you tube. Just search for Carol Rhodes. I believe we all need to take a stand possibly file a class action suit against the Friend of the Court System. As Carol Rhodes explained in the video its all about money--it has nothing to do with the well fare of the children or the family. Carol Rhodes worked for 20 years as an foc enforcement worker and finally decided to speak out. Any one else who has similar problems with the foc I would truly like to hear from. Thank you for taking the time to hear parts of my problems with the Ionia Friend of the Court.

Grand Rapids, Michigan

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#1 Consumer Comment

Friend of the Court Is Enemy to Families

AUTHOR: Nan - (United States of America)

There is a pattern of domestic violence not being weighted,  even recognized as legitimately existing, at Friend of the Court (FOC) in Ionia, Michigan. 

I am not the only woman to experience this bias.  I spent April of 2012 in a domestic violence shelter (RAVE) where 3 women I met also lost custody of their children to their abusers.  We all left the marital home, and this was factored against us, tilting the scales of justice to award full custody of the children to whomever stayed in the home.  I listened while one young mother spent hours crying  before finally making the wrenching decision to take her 6 month old baby and move back to her abuser.  She was forced back home because Referee Wierckz was going to award full custody of her 6 month old baby to a man who controlled her life with violence.   The same referee, Jessica K. Wierckz, Friend of the Court & Circuit Court Referee, made all of these decisions. 

I fled the life I had built, my farm, my friends - because I was afraid of what would happen next. My husband got to court first.  He  made false allegations about me, which have since been conclusively disproved. The FOC believed him.  FOC took my children away from me

This decision has been upheld every step of the way, despite testimony during which my husband told palpable lies, one of which was that I am an atheist.  I am not an atheist, and  the fact that he would lie about God gives one an idea as to how low he will stoop to win. 

The court believed his a testimony about my religious belief, over my own testimony.  He was credited with the Moral Fitness factor for his religious upbringing of the children.   He was credited over me.   My husband has an OUI conviction (with 2 felony counts of fleeing and eluding and resisting arrest that he got lawyered down to misdemeanors), a substantiated DHS report of harming a child, got fired from a job for bullying his staff, and our childrens therapist testified  Dad seems easily irritated and frustrated to me like he could snap but he stays under control.

I thought I would go to court and get justice.  I am shocked and appalled, and my children are still in danger.  My husband still has full custody over one year later. It appears that the FOC is unwilling to contemplate a scenario where I am telling the truth:  If what I told the court is true, then the FOC put my children in harms way by removing them from my custody, and giving my husband full custody. 

Hearing testimony shows my husband to be a man so driven to control others that he is willing to back it up with physical violence, as well as the much less detectable controls that can be used on emotions and possessions.  This court is harming our entire community with decisions that put children in harms way.
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#2 General Comment

Ionia friend of the court bs....


I just wanted to say that my boyfriend has been going thru the Ionia friend of the court for years and we have seen the bias and other bs they are doing. I wish there was a way for people to contact one another about the Ionia friend of the court please contact me at . Thank you..  
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#3 Consumer Comment

Susan Hoselth (Ionia county friend of the court) What is her priority?

AUTHOR: Jodi Alexander - (U.S.A.)

I too have had major issues with the Ionia county Friend of the court. First it was regarding unpaid medical that is owed me. I filed all the correct forms, sent copies of the bills and forms to the ex-husband. A bench warrant was issued by the judge and nothing else happened. They said they wound take it out of his checks
when "he's done paying child support". What?? Well it has been three years since he has had to pay child support and still no money or notification that it will be taken from his checks.
Secondly, I remarried and wanted to move out of state. I honestly thought that this would be no problem as the ex had not been involved in our childrens lives. I called the ex- explained the situation and he said he needed to think about it. I hired an attourney, filed the appropriate papers for the change of domicile. My ex- hired a lawyer and responded that my marriage was not real, that my now husband was just one more in a long line of "paramors". (My ex- had an affair and kept pictures of her in his vehicle, that ended our marriage.)
I came to court prepaired. I had information about the school districts and the greater advantages they offered, a physical adress of where we were going to be living, letters from my inlaws stating the relationship the children had built with them, as well as letters from the childrens schools stating that their father had not once been to a parent / teacher conference, play, music program or sporting event. They further attested to the fact that I was the childrens parent and source of social, emotional and physical support. Did the court hear any of it? NO! They never gave an oppourtity to present it. Did they listen to the children and what they wanted? NO! I sat there having to defend my personal life. Did they ask him about his affair or his child that was created during that affair? NO! He admitted that he had been a non-existant father, that he had not been involved with his childeren's lives; but now that I wanted to move he wanted an opportunity to build a relationship with our youngest. My lawyer (Nick Maasad) only stood to make jokes with the ex's lawyer and state "Isn't it true the only reason you want the children not to move is because you are still in love with your ex-wife and they are a link to her?" WHAT??? As it turned out Susan Hoseth ruled in favor of my ex. Stating that even though he admitted to being a non-existent father, she felt that "a move of this magnatude could get in the way of any relationship they MIGHT develope." So in essence she was saying "you admittedly have been a horrible father Congratulations, they aren't moving with the only person who has been a constant in their lives."
The ex- stated that he didn't care what happened to our then 15yr. old daughter as long as he had our youngest son. WHAT? And they let him get away with that! My lawyers only response was "It's not like your selling him to the devil."
Since then my youngest has flown three times a year at my expense to visit me. The friend of the court only saw fit that he pay only 1/2 of the summer visitation, and now are not enforcing that either. My ex and his wife repeatedly are telling my son that he isn't moving anywhere untill he is 18 as "the judge" thought my ex was a better parent and "gave" him to them. And the friend of the court does nothing about this, they tell us that we have to find a way to communicate for the benefit of our son.
How could they think that taking a boy away from his only souce of stablility since birth was good for the child? He barely knew the man. He is not being held responsible for upholding the court order in any manor? How is that benefiting anyone exept the criminal? I hope that kharma is just as hellish for Susan Hoseth Krieger as she campains to be Judge and not just the magistrate. How many more lives could she ruin then? Nick Maasad thinks of himself as a family man. His antics proved that he is only a money hungry fool. Don't use him unless you are out to burn money without results. Don't vote for Susan Hoseth Kreger unless it is to have her removed from the friend of the court entirely.
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