Luckily, since my son was living with me, he didn't keep up that nonsense for very long. But what do you get when you take a child this age, cut her off from her primary caregiver, and brow beat her for week after week with suggestions that she's been abused. You've guessed it: the kinds of questionable allegations of abuse that Paige Stvan's daughter may have come up with and which became the basis for the custody switching scheme perpetrated in the case Stvan v. Stvan.
I say "may have" because, as it stands now, even though I have read the documents in this case closely, I still do not know what these allegations were. Ordinarily, if the issue is raised, the Court would order a forensic custody evaluation in order to verify whether abuse occurred or not. In the Stvan case such an evaluation was never done, which leads me to believe the allegations were never very credible. Bottom line, Mr. Thomas Stvan only started claiming there was abuse once he realized that he couldn't seize custody with fabricated tales about Paige Stvan's mental health difficulties. In that approach, he was successful.
Thus, in his January 8, 2016 memorandum, Judge Gerald Adelman stated the following, "The court finds that the best interests of the minor child require that she remain in the custody of the plaintiff and that the defendant's parental access to said child shall be restricted to therapeutic visits with the child's therapist, at the recommendation of said therapist, and hopefully a continuation of the brief meetings at the local mall." It is now November 2016, and no such meetings have ever taken place, and it looks like they never will.
Basically, I'm not sure how such a presentation could happen since now both sides have been ordered not to file any motions without permission from the court, and often no matter how worthy such a request, they are often denied. This is an unconscionable outcome for a case. What has happened is that a temporary order has become a de facto permanent order simply by virtue of the fact that Judge Gerald Adelman has disobeyed the law.
Even with situations of abuse, parents are still allowed to remain in the lives of their children. If they are willing, such parents are given the therapy they need to become better people and parents. I know of a recent case of domestic violence where the father slammed his infant's head against a car door and gave her a concussion. Still, he has been allowed unsupervised visits with that child after a period of rehabilitation. Since this is standard procedure for the family court system, why has it been uniquely disregarded in the case of Paige Stvan? Is it because this is simply a custody switching scheme? And why would a State Representative such as Rosa Rebimbas be involved in it?
This is a person who spent 20 years in the computer industry and for whom this stint in counseling is a second career. She has a specialty in alcoholism and drug addiction, not divorce and custody.
In the brief period Ms. Paige Stvan had a chance to speak to Ms. Donna Fletcher on the phone, Ms. Fletcher made it very clear she had no intention of doing any kind of investigation. Her intention was simply to provide counseling to the child for abuse. Of course, that would be ridiculous if the facts bear out that the child was not abused, and my guess is they would.