I saw a judge (female, of course), impose court supervised visitation to my brother (of his daughter), and jack up his child support payments to 520% of the legal minimum after his ex accused him of being a liar.
This, I hear, is normal.
What was bad was that the woman in question, a diagnosed sociopath, was in the process of defending herself from charges of criminal possesion of a controlled substance (heroine), attempted homicide, and tax fraud. The judge, (the Hon. Sheila Birnbaum, Rockville City Circut Court), apparently thought that her "rights" as mother, despite this woman's general state of awfulness, need not be molested.
So, my brother, who is a CPA, and has led a life of resposibility constistant with boringness & stability (very much unlike his flamming alcoholic aircargo pilot twin...wink wink), is now only allowed to see his daughter when a court appoint flunky (who knows not the first thing about how to raise a child I am sure), finds it convenient to actually show up, while his ex gets more cash.
I know it isn't graphic or anything, but someone told me that this sort of thing didn't happen in America. Given a choice (knowing this sort of thing happend here), I wouldn't move to this nation given a second chance.
Base not your happiness on the deeds of others, for what is given can be taken away. No Hope = No Fear