Hon. John R. Smiley See Rating Details
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Superior Court
Ventura County
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Comment #: CA3432
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In the spring of 2010, I enlisted the aid of a victim’s aid at the Simi Valley, CA in Ventura County Attorney’s office in seeking an order of protection against my daughter’s father Randall Bond. He lived in Tennessee. I had sole custody of my daughter Madison Liberty DiConti since the day she was born in 2004. We were never married. He refused ot be ion the birth certificate at her time of birth. He refused two paternity tests. There were no court orders, no child support awarded and no visitation scheduled), I appeared in Judge Smiley’s courtroom in Simi Valley Family Court for a hearing. I missed the initial hearing due to illness but maintained contact with my victim's advocate. She was a heavy set blond woman in the District Attorney's office. Judge Smiley reset the hearing for later in the afternoon and, after taking no evidence but listening only to the unfounded accusations against me by my daughter’s father as he retaliated, Judge Smiley ordered my child Madison be taken from me.

Since then it has been one hellish nightmare. I was made the subject of unfounded accusations, my daughter has suffered horribly, and I have yet to find an attorney intelligent enough about "UNWED MOTHER'S RIGHTS" in the state of TN to point out that my daughter was wrongfully taken from me by Judge Smiley. No one has been able to help me make sense out of what is happening. I am so distraught having sought the protection of the court only to find my daughter being taken from me on nothing more than the wild speculation of CPS workers and a man I escaped domestic violence from. No one will explain how my daughter was able to be taken away. How can I be accused of things without being charged and without a chance to defend myself. The father appeared in court and presented false documentation and lied, but the DA is not financially set up to penalize, punish or prosecute for perjury in family or child custody cases. Many litigants are not prepared or even aware for this. How can judge Smiley, without any independent investigation take my child? How can he violate the Tennessee unwed mother's rights act? TENNESSEE LAW STATES unwed mother automatically has custody over her children. The unwed father does not have any rights in this regard even if his name is on the birth certificate. This means he has no legal authority to make educational or medical decisions for the child. The putative father may petition the courts for custody rights.

Visitation Rights
The mother's absolute right to custody includes the right to determine who will see or interact with her child--including the child's father. The father must go through the courts to get the right to visit his child.

Randall Bond did none of these things and relied solely on the stupidity of the court and lied. http://www.sitemason.com/files/h7D5Uk/Unwed%20Mothers.pdf



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