Father Gets Custody of His Son and Nearly the Entire Estate
Attorney B. Robert Farzad is very proud of this victory. In a hard fought and bitterly contentious divorce case, a marriage of longer than 10 years, against a wife who made serious and false allegations of domestic violence and child abuse and who went through five lawyers during the entire process, he prevailed on every issue and got the father and husband sole legal and sole physical custody of the three children, the house and all of the money in the bank and brokerage accounts.
We were the only law office that represented the husband and father. The wife, and later her conservator, went through five lawyers. It was one of the worst cases of false abuse allegations against a parent our divorce lawyers had ever seen. The wife, who we believed had psychological disorders, made very serious allegations of domestic violence and child abuse against our client.
Even worse, she refused to recant her allegations, even in the face of evidence that the only person who was ever found to have abused the three children was her. Our divorce lawyers believed the wife and mother brought these allegations because she thought her husband would surrender. These were not mild accusations. The wife claimed the husband had threatened to kill her, had routinely physically abused her and also physically abused the children.
The wife first hired a family law firm who had and has a reputation for their aggressive style of divorce litigation. They were fired (or quit, we do not know) and the wife, likely unhappy with the lack of results she thought she would obtain, went to lawyer number two.
Her second lawyer didn't last long. She went through a third and fourth lawyer but we continued to push the case forward and demanded an early trial date on the custody and visitation issues. Now on her fourth lawyer, a forensic psychological examination and child custody evaluation against her and having found that she had not only made false allegations of abuse but she was the type who would lie and commit perjury without hesitation to try and get custody of her children, we believe she was cornered and could no longer mount her vicious attack against our client and against our experienced attorneys.
She surrendered at the trial and gave in a settlement both legal and physical custody of all three children to our client.
Thereafter, a conservator was appointed on her behalf. The conservator, her father who was just as unreasonable as she was, pressed forward and took aggressive legal positions on the financial issues, claiming that the entire financial estate that was valued at over $1 million dollars and included a house in Orange County that was paid off as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in brokerage accounts were community property. The wife's father and conservator did this with their fifth lawyer.
All of the wife and her conservator's claims were defeated. We were able to show at trial through tracing of the brokerage accounts, payments made on the house, the house's payoff as well as related documents and evidence that the financial estate was our client's sole and separate property that could be traced back to his pre-marital separate property proceeds. Before the trial concluded, the conservator also settled and accepted an offer that was made before trial (which he had previously rejected) to take $30,000.00 (which represented at that time around 3% of the entire estate). Our client received the estate and maintained sole legal and sole physical custody of the children. His spousal support obligation, at that time, was limited to a little over $400.00 per month.
Attorney B. Robert Farzad is proud to get this father and husband his life back on track and this difficult divorce behind him.