So yesterday an email went out to a lot of attorneys either Downriver or who practice family law. I am extremely indebted to all my friends who thought enough of me to forward the emails, or to make phone calls to let me know they had received the emails. The content of the emails are disturbing, and it is clear that the person who sent them is very disturbed, unhinged if you will. I know who is behind them.
You see, on February 12, 2019 one of my clients saw his daughter, aged 5 at the time, for the very last time. The mother decided after that point that he was too dangerous to continue to see his daughter, despite the fact that she was supervising the visits in a public place. After she cut off contact we filed a motion to enforce his parenting time. The court agreed, and due to their judgment stating that his time be supervised (which he agreed to) they ordered that his time be supervised at Growth Works, which is an agency in Garden City, since mom no longer wanted to supervise the sessions. I want to point out that my client did not object to his parenting time being supervised. He agreed to do whatever it took to see his five year old daughter. Mom objected to the supervised parenting time and started making allegations to the court regarding domestic violence in the marriage, despite previously testifying to the court that there was no domestic violence, and previously telling law enforcement that the only person my client was a danger to was himself due to threats of su***de due to PTSD (he is a veteran).
After the Judge ordered that the parenting time would continue at Growth Works mom disappeared with the minor child. There were many motions filed afterwards to enforce the order, but mom refused to even show up to hearings. I want to add that she had representation at both hearings, both very capable and even high powered law firms. We later found out that she took the minor child and fled to Canada. A bench warrant was issued. There were more hearings where mom did not show up, even though now we were in the midst of COVID and she could appear via Zoom. No show by mom.
My client reported his child missing to the Lincoln Park Police who did an investigation and determined that indeed there was a parental kidnapping. We filed motion after motion for change of custody due to mom's disappearance and had little success until we filed an appeal with the Michigan Court of Appeals. That case was won based on the brief (thank you Trish Haas) and the Court of Appeals even questioned why the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office had not issued a felony warrant for the mom. They did so not too long after the opinion. The case went back down to Circuit Court, we were given a court date for our change of custody motion, and finally in January of 2022 we were heard.
The Court awarded my client joint custody based on testimony from many witnesses stating that he had worked hard to recover his mental health and that mom was actually possibly a danger to herself due to her mental health. In the meantime, mom has made a campaign of trying to slander me. She has sent emails to numerous colleagues and Judges using snippets of reviews and my Facebook posts making me sound like a money grubbing lawyer and only caring about lining my pockets. The bad reviews she has a posted have come from people that are either parents of children that I have been appointed as a Guardian ad Litem and have not gotten their way, or one client who actually told me he would rather give up rights to his children than have supervised parenting time. She has accused me of assault and battery, even though the only time she and I were in the same room was in a court room and she was attended by lawyers. She has accused me of harming children, when anyone who knows me knows I am incapable of that and have spent my whole life trying to help people.
In any event, we have had no proof of life for this child since February of 2019. I'm really not worried that she is trying to slander me, or ruin every business I have launched in the last few years. (She has made false profiles on Facebook and Google and made horrible reviews on my law firm page, my resort page, and now on the supervised parenting time page). Honestly, she is far away in another country, (she has left Canada) and I know where she is. If I want to make her life a living hell I certainly could do it. But I haven't. She needs to know that we want to know where Fayth is. Is she safe? Her dad is beyond worried about her. If this onslaught continues I will step up my game. I am not afraid of her and what she is trying to do to me. I have too many clients who have been super happy with their result. One or two unhappy people out of hundreds really does not concern me. My colleagues know who and what I am. I have a good reputation. This woman cannot hurt me. Christine Masters, I am coming for you. Challenge accepted.