• by: Courtney Mahon
  • target: Judge J. Brazil, Provincial Court Judge, Harbour Grace, Newfoundland

I know that I am not the only one to have had this happen to me, but hopefully I will be the last. I have been torn down by the family justice system, a system put in place to help us.

This all came about when my partner (Lee) and I had got into a pretty bad fight, the children were placed with his mother as per a safety plan I made with the social workers. After about a week I was given the ok to go pick them up. I had been trying to get ready to move home (Ontario) from Newfoundland. As I got ready to go get them, I contacted my worker and she advised me that Lee had an ex-parte order stating I could not leave province of NL with the children. We attended court a couple times. We evetually set aside our differences and came up with an agreement by ourselves. This also included a trip to ON, for me to be able to find housing for myself and children.

On October 4, 2011 we were scheduled for court again. Should have been an easy day since our agreement that we told our social workers and lawyers about loved it. Well instead it turned out that Lee's mother had decided that she wanted to have a stab at trying for custody, at the same time in doing this she decided to have Lee's lawyer turn on him and she instead became his client.

Many codes of conduct have not been followed and proper procedures have not been followed either. I have now been in Ontario since early December, as this was to be over and done with the final week of Dec, and so after discussion with my Social Workers and Lawyer I had decided to try and get as much organized at the house before the children arrived.

There are 4 children, Abigail (July 2007), Liana (July 2007), Gavin (July 2009) and Allegra (Sept 2010). I need to get my babies home. I also have started a facebook page that shows my journey and some more information.

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