Contra Costa County, Family Court ServicesFamily court services mediation

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Contra Costa County Family Court Services (FCS) is responsible for peddling information to its judiciary. FCS does not provide facts or information supplied by its litigants. FCS does not make recommendations in compliance with its Court Rules, as the State of California Courts website states it is required to do. Family Court Services mediation is run by an attorney named Magda Lopez, whose main mediator, the Administrator, James Paulsen is running a back office scam, whereby he ignores claims of abuse via mothers, attempts to label them as "mentally unfit" parents without other supporting expert opinions, and then sends the kids who complain of abuse right back to the abusive dads.

Contra Costa County makes a big deal about its support of domestic violence victims, but Paulsen does the exact opposite, negating the County's stated agenda. The County is a hypocrite, and Paulsen's defense of the abusers is curious. Paulsen's LCSW is not governed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, even though the State Court website states that it is (false information).

Here is what the Board of Behavioral Sciences states:


Good Morning Mr/Mrs XXXXXX

The Board of Behavioral Sciences (Board) does not have jurisdiction over court appointed mediators/child custody recommending counselors as neither the setting nor the services provided are clinical or psychotherapeutic.

Please be advised that persons who perform mediation services are not required to be licensed by the Board, or any other State agency, at this time. Since referral to Family Court Services (FCS) mediation is mandatory under the law, persons being seen as a part of the dissolution and custody process do not actually have a psychotherapist client or patient relationship with the mediator or evaluator, even if that person is a licensed psychotherapist.

Persons who work in mediation and conciliation are preparing reports based upon protocols established by the Judicial Council and California Rules of Court versus the statutes and regulations related to the practice of clinical social work.

If you have a complaint against a mediator, the Board suggest you speak with the judge assigned to your family court case or the director of Family Court Services to find out how to make a complaint with the court.

Thank you for contacting the Board and we hope this information is of assistance.

BBS Consumer Complaints Unit

  • Updated by Teepee76 · Sep 29, 2017

    James Paulsen can be reached at [email protected]

  • Updated by Teepee76 · Dec 31, 2017

    right on...i just did find out that he has been reported to the GRAND JURY of the County...maybe they can boot the dude?


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    Marix castro Dec 15, 2018


    VICTIMS OF INJUSTICE: As you read through the detailed information in the sections below, you will likely be able to relate to one or more of the statements of fact, because it actually happened to you or to a loved one. Jot it down and write a brief description of how it took place in your case; then, in the future, you will be able to fill out a criminal complaint from the comfort of your home, which will hopefully be submitted to legitimate investigators in your jurisdiction, once they join in the mass-movement to expose and oust the wicked from our courts and government offices.

    Case Fixing in Family Law:
    Tens-of-thousands of family law ‘professionals’ churn and fix court cases and administrative proceedings, especially in divorce, for extra profits and federal funding.
    Once the corrupt officers of the courts have the families’ financial information, they pit the parents against each other in unnecessary and unlawful custody battles until they are broke, unconstitutionally subclass one of the parents as noncustodial, and deviate from the presumptions of equality to jack up the child support orders; dole out restraining orders like candy; fill up the jails with distraught parents; and engage in many other illegal “case fixing tactics”; all designed to pad their numbers for state and federal funding, from which, many of the racketeers have found ways to line their own pockets.
    And once the family is broken and separated, many of the unfairly classed noncustodial parents, normally the ‘breadwinners’ and therefore normally the fathers, are forced to fight non-stop to see their children and to maintain contact with them, are blocked from modifying their child support and denied access to the courts, and are treated like criminals and obstructed by law enforcement in their pursuit of justice and protection for their families.
    There is a huge incentive for the courts and officers of the court, human service offices and child support enforcement and child protection officials, police departments and sheriff offices, and many other local and state offices and officials, to criminalize noncustodial parents and cook their books to cheat the system to obtain more state and federal funding than they deserve.
    Family law judges are ignoring legitimate family laws, common law precedence and the Ninth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, which protect our rights to equal parenting, and are blatantly deviating from controlling law, constitutional guarantees, and presumptions of equality and parental fitness, to purposely reduce the role of the noncustodial parent in the raising of his or her children because it will jack up the child support order and result in increased funding for the local courts and government offices.
    Family law judges are also ignoring basic parental rights and familial rights, which, although not explicitly mentioned in the Constitution, were well-established by centuries of English common law and by our Founding Fathers, formed the very foundation of the Constitution itself, have been regarded as fundamental to the pursuit of happiness in the United States, and have been upheld in just courts throughout our history.
    All states also have laws and precedence to protect parental rights, children’s rights, and the institution of the family, which are often ignored by judicial officials, who use instead illegitimate family laws produced by corrupt legislators to maximize profits and funding, to break apart families, and to harass and oppress the noncustodial parents and other victims of their treasonous crimes.
    Many local, state and federal officials, including high-ranking officials, know all about the case fixing in family law, but look the other way so their state and their offices will receive larger and larger appropriations from Congress each year.
    Millions of divorced and divorcing American parents have been unconstitutionally sub-classed as noncustodial parents over the past several decades and intentionally harmed and oppressed (and are therefore entitled to compensation for their injuries).
    Millions of American children have been forced to grow up without one or both of their parents, as part of the scheme (and are therefore entitled to compensation for their injuries).
    And although many of the custodial parents capitalized on their new-found status and essentially partnered with our domestic enemies to take advantage of and oppress their ex-spouses, some are themselves victims of the case fixing in family law (and are entitled to compensation for their injuries along with their ex-spouse and their children).
    Case Fixing in the Criminal Justice System:
    Tens-of-thousands of criminal justice system ‘professionals’, including judges, prosecutors, public defenders, law enforcement officials, parole and probation agents, ‘treatment’ specialists, and other court cronies, are framing criminal defendants and fixing court cases for extra profits and federal funding.
    Many criminal defendants are known to be innocent of the charges, but are prosecuted anyway.
    Nearly all criminal defendants are ignorant in the law.
    Nearly all criminal defendants are first framed at their bail hearing as a ‘flight risk’ to jack up the cash bail orders; whatever cash bail is posted usually becomes the price of the plea deal; and many times only a small fraction of the paid cash bails and plea deal fines are recorded and the rest is divvied up between the racketeers.
    Most plea deals offered to poor defendants are conspired upon by their public defenders and the prosecutors to benefit the state; whoever cannot pay the cash bail or the plea deal fines will likely spend an excessive amount of time in jail or prison so that the county, state and federal offices involved can at least maximize their federal funding.
    There are huge incentives for the courts and officers of the court, including the judges, the prosecutors, the public defenders, the parole and probation agents, counselors and treatment specialists, local law enforcement, and many other local and state offices and officials, to conspire and work together to make false arrests, to issue unwarranted restraining orders, to frame innocent citizens and other criminal defendants for excessive sentences, to intimidate suspects into accepting unfair plea deals, and to fill up and maintain full capacity at the local jails; and, when their victims complain, the racketeers turn them away, mislead them, deny them crime victim services, obstruct justice, deny access to the courts, treat them like they are the criminals, and do whatever it takes to keep the truth off the record.
    Many involved in the criminal justice system pad their numbers for extra state and federal funding, from which many of the racketeers have found ways to line their own pockets.
    Thousands of innocent criminal defendants are incarcerated each year.

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    family law is a racket Dec 31, 2017
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    spot on. he needs to be fired, prosecuted and fined. there's a special place in hell for a bureaucrat who abuses his power in order to satisfy his basic misogyny, and all those who shield and enable him.


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