• Report: #768487
Complaint Review:

Michael J. Kerner

  • Submitted: Mon, August 22, 2011
  • Updated: Mon, August 22, 2011

  • Reported By: Cindy G. — san jose California United States of America
Michael J. Kerner
1120 Mckenzie Street San Jose, California United States of America
  • Phone: 408-236-6666
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  • Category: Lawyers

Michael J. Kerner Extradordinarily Corrupt Child Custody Evaluator San Jose, California

*Consumer Comment: Alternative Facts

*Consumer Comment: Misidentification

*Consumer Comment: Libelous

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Some child custody evaluators are incompetent, some consistently slant their recommendation toward Mothers or Fathers, some are sloppy and make mistakes; however, Dr. Kerner is actually engaging in criminal behavior in some cases. His MO is that he aligns himself with the more powerful attorney, rather than be neutral.  If the opposing partes' attorneys are somewhat equal in community status, he then aligns himself with the Father. It is never about the Best Interest standard.   It is pretty common for Dr. Kerner to give Fathers jailed for Domestic Violence full custody of the kids, even if the Mother has a perfectly clean record.  He simply avoids doing a 3044 analysis.  He will fabricate quotes.  He will hide the actual psychological testing results and report the mentally ill parent as being healthy, and the healthy parent as being mentally ill.  You won't find out what the laboratory report to Dr. Kerner actually said until you prepare for trial.  Attorneys say he used to be good many years ago.  But there are so many cases he is fighting right now, where he is defending a poor work product and sometimes being accused of criminal behavior, that many attorneys say they will never use him again.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Alternative Facts

AUTHOR: Patti - (USA)

Dear Readers:

I know for a fact that Dr. Kerner has only been sued by one person - not four - and it is likely the person who wrote this report.  I know this is an age of "alternative facts" but this is ridiculous!! People should know that things like this are public knowledge and they shouldn't distort the truth. I hear that she continues to harbor resentment after five years and can't get over it and many people have witnessed her erratic behavior suing many others as well.

I have known Dr. Kerner for over 20 years and he is highly regarded and well liked by clients, fellow practitioners, attorneys and the court. You would think she would concentrate of her own shortcomings and appreciate the time she has with her children before they grow up.  

It is hard to be a custody evaluator, I know for a fact as I am in the same profession. Someone always wins or loses, depending on their situation and we have to do what is best for the children - not the parents.  Harboring anger isn't good for anyone.  I am gladdened to hear that Dr. Kerner always has waiting lists of families trying to get evaluations. He is always so positive, friendly and eager to help people. He is a good friend and great colleague as well!  I was just compelled to write something when I Googled him recently and found "alternative fact" reports out there.

Before you hire an evaluator, ask around - don't take criticism you see online as it is usually one-sided and full of resentment. Dr. Kerner has an excellent reputation in this county and many others.

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AUTHOR: Cindy G - ()



I am not the person who you wrote about.  I am perplexed that you think you would know who it is, as the reality is that the road from the family courthouse is paved with Kerner victims; at least 4 have sued Dr. Kerner in one county alone.  However, I do follow the cases of many of Kerner's victims.

I follow the case of the lady who you are referring to, and I would like to update you.  Last month, the children's counsel filed a motion asking the court to grant 100% custody of the children to the mother, with the father to have "no contact" with the children.  I think that is the best proof that you don't have all of your "facts" straight about the parties.

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AUTHOR: John B. - ()

I believe I know who wrote this comment. Mother was disgruntled after coming out of a custody evaluation in which Dr. Kerner reduced her visitation to 20%.  During the evaluation her own therapist reported to Dr. Kerner that she is a borderline personality.  Mother is an emotional abuser of children and adults alike. 

Following the evaluation, she complained to the State Board of Psychology, who appointed an expert to review his forensic work. The expert at the State Board determined that Dr. Kerner did not violate any laws or rules of professional conduct when he performed his custody evaluation services. She then filed a civil lawsuit against Dr. Kerner, which was tossed out of court.  Mother modified her complaint to add her ex-husband, claiming he conspired with Dr. Kerner during the evaluation. That complaint was stricken and Mother has been ordered to pay over $36,000 in Father's attorney fees. 

Mother is not just a borderline, she also has sociopathic, narcissistic, and histrionic traits. Earlier this month she was arrested for violently vandalizing Father's property, which may raise a 3044 presumption against her having custody of her children.  Her own family law attorney has filed complaints against her, claiming she is a fraud.

In short, this woman is delusional liar who paints a black-is-white, white-is-black picture that is detached from reality.  Dr. Kerner is an extremely competent, meticulously diligent psychologist who was able to identify this woman for who she really is, and the courage to do the right thing to further the best interests of the children.
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