# Family courts
State lawmakers consider bill banning controversial reunification therapy and camps
A bill known as Piqui’s Law would prohibit court-ordered family reunification therapy or “camps” as part of a child custody or visitation rights proceeding, that is predicated on cutting off a child from a parent with whom the child is attached, is moving through the legislature.
Orange County woman dies months after ex-husband makes seemingly credible threat against her
Terra Schlinger on March 8, 2019.Photo by(Danielle Ruther) (Orange County, Calif.) A 37-year-old woman was found dead in her San Juan Capistrano home early morning last November 27 a week before her high-profile divorce hearing, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
San Mateo judge unexpectedly denies remote court access to group of court watchers and media
Same thing happened in Britney Spears’ conservatorship case. (Sacramento, Calif.) A San Mateo family court judge abruptly and unexpectedly discontinued remote access to family court proceedings, preventing remote access to the public, court watchers and media early last month.
Santa Cruz police forcibly seize 13-year-old and taken to reunification therapy
David Murdoch (left) watching as Santa Cruz police restrain his daughter, Brooke Murdoch, against her will in June 2021.(YouTube) (Santa Cruz, Calif.) The following is from late June 2021, showing Santa Cruz police officers forcibly take thirteen-year-old Brooke Murdoch from her mother after a judge ordered the teen be taken to Sonoma based psychologist Rebecca Bailey for “connection-focused therapy,” with her father.
Santa Cruz Mayor and Supervisor speak out in support of children forcibly taken to reunification center
Santa Cruz Mayor Sonja Brunner and Supervisor Ryan Coonerty giving a press conference on Thursday, November 3, 2022.(Custody Peace) Santa Cruz Mayor Sonja Brunner and Supervisor Ryan Coonerty held a press conference Thursday about Maya and Sebastian, two children forcibly taken from their grandmother's home to a reunification center.
Former Sutter County Sheriff’s deputy awarded custody of teenage daughters, despite their wishes
Kanitra Heard says she was in an abusive marriage to Will Simmons, a former Sutter County Sheriff’s deputy, since moving to Yuba County in 2007. In January of 2021, Kanitra left her home with her three teenage daughters because Will’s abuse and threats became too much for her. Now a Yuba County judge has awarded Will full custody of his daughters who themselves say do not feel safe with their father. Kanitra feels that because Will is a former Sutter deputy and now an agent with the Department of Homeland Security, he was shown favorably treatment by Judge Melanie Bendorf at the expense of her and her daughter’s safety and well-being.