Men Victimized by Domestic Relations Berks County PA
Since 2002 when my divorce was finalized, I have slowly and painfully had my life destroyed by Berks County PA, Domestic Relations.
This is an organization lead by a man named Judge Scott Lash. He and his cohorts are sworn into ten year terms and have set themselves up with immunity from being held accountable for the atrocities they commit. Indeed, Scott Lash is a terrorist of the worst sort. Osama Bin Laden is a terrorist, Saddam Hussein was a terrorist, neither of whom have inflicted the damage to myself and my family that Scott Lash and his cohorts have.
The problem seems to be that as pointed out by Attorney David Collechia of Westmoeland County where I currently reside, is that Berks County has created their own rules around Domestic Relations procedures and ignore Pennsylvania State Guidelines. They also place great emphasis on a mans "capacity to earn". In my case, I worked for 22 years for AT&T/Lucent Technologies. I worked my way through the corporation until attaining a mid level manager position with a salary or $68,000. I have NO advanced degree, indeed my only degree is in English Literature. It is the position of Lash and his cohorts that I should have been able to move into a similar position regardless of my skill set or training level. I was blessed to work for a great company that offered career growth to individuals who had a desire to move up. A company the size of Lucent is a world within itself offering caterer opportunity and networking capability.
My debacle began when in August of 2001, my paycheck was garnished for $1500. This was a complete surprise to me but this is where the insidious nature of Berks County Domestic Relations begins. In any other county there would have been a hearing in front of a hearing officer before the order is issued. Lash and company ignore that rule. As a result this order has never gone away. I have attempted multiple times to request a modification and have been denied and jerked around for the last 5 years.
What follows is a direct result of the actions of Berks County Domestic Relations, lead by terrorist Judge Lash. Since, after being laid off by Lucent, I was never able to secure a position that could meet the order financially my arrears build monthly to where thy have now hit $30,000. Any job I took was garnished at a rate of 55%. This would consistently leave me with virtually no means to support myself nor provide a home for my daughter. My home has been in and out of foreclosure four times in the last five years. I have taken food from food banks, was never eligible for any public assistance because they look at total salary, ignoring Domestic Relations. I continued to try to find work that would meet the order as my arrears continue to build and have been summoned to Berks County every six months for contempt hearings. In 2003 the pressure got to me and I became suicidal ending up in a mental health facility. Recovering from that, I went back to the job search taking a position as Manager of Therapy Operations Allserve Therapy. With a salary of 28,000/year + incentives, it was an opportunity to potentially make enough money to meet the order. After 55% of my pay was taken out of every paycheck, I was only getting less that $100 per week while working 60 + hours per week. This situation as every other prevented me from paying bills, resulted in multiple foreclosure events, feeding myself, and having enough money to be a parent. This is the most bizarre notion of Berks County. At one of my many contempt hearings. Judge Maryanne Campbell, told the entire court, when a father complained about not having enough money to do things with his child when he had her for a week end, Campbell's response was that Berks County Domestic Relations makes sure when they calculate child support they assure that the father has the financial means to indeed be a father. I have personally challenged the Judicial terrorists in Reading to explain how that works in my case. They will not answer. I have questioned a man named Raymond Stabisky, a public servant in Domestic Relations for help in understanding my case. I have an email from him basically telling me to get lost. My final attempt to make good was last year when I took a job at a new KIA franchise. I worked there from June 2005 through August of 2005. In July I was salesman of the month. I know i could have been successful there but the icing on the cake was when for thee weeks in a row I received 0$ as take home pay while Berks County got their 55%. This ridiculous situation resulted in a complete mental break down on my part. Currently, I am mentally disabled, my disability checks are garnished at 55% leaving me with $650. My food bill is about $400 pr month with an additional $400 in household expenses. Do the math. Not only do I remain in a dire situation from that standpoint, I can not pay to receive the medical treatment I need. My arrears continue to mount, my physical and mental condition continues to deteriorate, I have a summons for a contempt hearing on March 15 2007. I have no means of paying a lawyer, indeed, I have no means to even travel to Reading. This is in spite of the fact that I am currently paying $1200 per month to Domestic Relations.
The great shame here is that this whole debacle has been driven by an angry, vindictive woman and her attorney who know how to manipulate a system that is geared towards the rights of women. At my last Modification hearing the two of them provided false testimony to the Judge Longnecker who accepted the false testimony knowingly and used it to my detriment. This is most insidious. I have an email from 2001 where my ex-wife states that she would agree that to order should be modifiable. That was a ploy to get me to sign off. It is very plain that the attorney told her to go ahead and agree, while he knew full well that he could lead Berks County Domestic Relations around by the nose.
So know we have this attorney who ignored state guidelines and pushed for distribution of assets while a bankruptcy was active. The same attorney Sobotka, provides false testimony to the court. My most recent summons from Berks County says that the order was last modified in March of 2003, when it was actually modified twice since then. There is an amount stated as my arrears which includes the money applied against me based on the false testimony accepted by Longnecker, and also includes child support for a child who has not been living with her mother since noon of her 18th birthday when she was able to escape her mother and on her moved out to be close to me. She was not able to graduate high school. She suffered a pregnancy/abortion at age 14, and became a mother at 18. What a wonderful testament to Berks County. They have destroyed my life, indeed they are responsible for causing me disability. They kept my daughter in an extremely abusive situation, while pandering to the demands of an angry woman who has no health problems, no financial/credit problems, even while she was receiving NO money from me.
How ridiculous you re Scott Lash. Why not try being a man? Stand up and admit that your group has bungle and butchered this case from day one. There is no way I can possibly fair treatment in Reading. Be a man! take charge! Turn this case over to an independent arbitrator! It is very clear that Berks County Domestic Relations has not done proper diligence in this case. The record keeping is inaccurate. I have a letter from a previous attorney that says Judge Lash does favors. I don;t know how this ends up. Right know I believe my only option is to allow myself to be arrested, begin a hunger strike in Berks County Prison, and hope that my case can receive the exposure it needs, before I die in jail.
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